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r ranson
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I've been reading up about peening my scythe blade

I have a used Austrian style scythe from lee valley and I want to use it to do most of the lawn care this year. 

Where can I get an Austrian style anvil? 



What other options do we have for this kind of peening?
 
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http://www.onescytherevolution.com/index.html


Let me recommend Botan, he knows what he is doing and his site is a terrific resource.
 
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Thanks Peter.  What a great site.
I know what's on my Holiday wish list.


I just found this great video about peening and honing a scythe.

He shows some of the different kinds of anvils and
 
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I use a different jig like this guy 

I find it much easier

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I purchased a new scythe from Botan this summer and am really impressed with this very useful tool.  I've been establishing an edible forest garden in an old field and use the scythe to cut the grass around individual trees.

What I'm concerned about is my new level of scythe anxiety.  Botan took me out and had me cutting.  That was great.  HE also showed me how to peen.  I've looked at videos of peening, but I"m really worried about actually doing it.  I don't want to destroy or even damage a really powerful tool.

Any advice?

I'm going to pick up Ian's book with hopes that a good resource will make peening possible.
 
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Just start with light, careful blows and increase the force as you gain confidence. It's really not that hard (just tedious) and even if you end up damaging your edge with a misplaced blow or peening too much, it's just part of the learning experience and it's repairable 99.99% of the time. Scythe blades may last a very long time when taken care of properly, but they're ultimately consumable. So jump right into the process and start getting your feet wet!
 
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Benjamin,
Indeed, you are right.  I need to jump right in to the deep end and peen.  I've got to stop preparing and just do it.

But, of course, I'm going to wait until it warms up.
 
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