Not sure how well it will work on a surface that is not flat; perhaps it will just take two or three passes.
I have bought mine last year at Amazon.com from an Austrian company named Seymour for $45, plus another $45 for a rather elaborate aluminum handle; tried to use it to mow my 3 acres and gave up. If you want it, I will gladly part with it for, say, half the price.
Sickle they were using to harvest stuff; I never saw it done. One would think scythe is more efficient for mowing (for one thing, it's larger.)
Emmet Van Driesche wrote:A scythe will work fine on raised beds, uneven ground, anything like that. The trick is to know how to use it, and how to keep it very sharp. Check out Scythe Connection and any videos of the Vido family scything to see proper technique and learn how to properly use and maintain a blade. A good scythe (closest to you in NJ would probably be Scythe Supply up in Maine. A scythe blade, handle, and the tools for sharpening it should cost all told $160, or $200 including shipping. There are no operating costs, and it should last the rest of your life, if you take care of it. I brush out trails in my Christmas tree farm, hay a meadow and MOW MY LAWN with the very same tool. The scythe is one tool where it pays to do your homework and learn to use it well. Do not assume you can take it out of the box and away you go. That being said, it is one of the most efficient, elegantly simple tools out there.
Thanks for the link to the Scythe supply company in Maine. I was looking at rice knives made in Australia and thought there had to be someone closer. Any recommendations on how to learn to use one or do you take it out of the box and start practicing and go from there?