I've inherited the scythes I have, and the sickle came from a guy on etsy that makes the out of leaf springs from trucks. My wife ordered it, so I don't have the contact info.
Adam Buchler wrote:So I have 5 raised garden beds....each 50' x 4'. I want to plant some cover crops this fall to chop down in the spring and use a mulch. Any ideas about which tool is more appropriate given the size of my garden and the fact the the raised beds are "rounded" or "mounded". Wasn't sure if scythe was overkill. And to be honest at the moment I don't have any other use for scythe so I'm leaning towards a sickle. That being said where can I purchase one and is there a particular kind I should be looking for?
A scythe requires some room so you can swing it freely from side to side.Without the momentum it won't be effective and safe for that matter. Considering that the beds are rounded i'd imagine it'd be hard to use it anyway. As soon as you start hitting the soil with the blade it'll get dull real quick and it must be kept very sharp in order to do it's job.
A sickle seems more practical for a 4' wide rounded bed.
Look at the video if you will, that may help you make up your mind.
I bought mine from scythesupply.com. Awesome selection, they size the snath to your personal measurements, and they quickly answered any questions I have. You're looking at $200 to get a package though.
A sickle will do the job with a bit more labor, and be cheaper. You can also buy sickles on their site.
What I would do, since you have neither, is quite a cheaper option. Do you have any Tractor Supply Company stores around you? They sell a "corn knife" which would be perfect for what you're looking for (chop and drop) for $6. It's basically a sickle-like machete. Comes respectably sharp out the package and has served me well for similar tasks.
50x4 beds will take longer to chop than you're probably expecting though. If you have any other use for the scythe I would almost suggest getting it. It'll definitely speed up the job.
Maybe search for sling blade (not the movie). A string trimmer is probably the fastest easiest.
That top "rivet" is a nail and an american penny for size reference.