Judith Browning wrote:Thanks!
I had to go try to vary the 'slicing action'...got it and I see where even before I do anything different sharpening that makes a big difference.
'Setting a coarse scratch pattern' .....both sides of blade or just on the beveled side?
I keep forgetting to ask, just what is a 'whipping stick'? aluminum?, leather? wood?
Judith Browning wrote:My new stones are here...and yes, the coarse one made all the difference.
Only one band aid later and I have my scythe cutting so much nicer
I am surprised how smoothly so many grasses cut but not bermuda grass. It is about a foot tall in places and the blade just does not slice through it as neatly as Johnson grass and chicory and clover.
I also think I over peened in the end and ended up with a more fragile edge after sharpening that cut well but soon had a lot of 'bur' along the edge...sharpened some more and now it seems fine.
Now I've sharpened my sickle also, no peening. This is the year of lush growth here with so much rain. It seems like all we are doing is 'chop and drop' over and over...sharp tools keep my shoulder from hurting.
Judith Browning wrote:Benjamin, I'm looking at stones at your web site... this one says 'ultra coarse' ...would it work? too coarse?
I would like to order two from your site....a coarse one and something even finer than my 'medium' one from scythe supply that came with the 'kit' that is now called 'the dragon stone' but was called a Bregenzer stone https://scythesupply.com/equipment.html#dragon-stone
Judith Browning wrote:
You'll be spending all day with a fine stone trying to reapply an actual edge to the freshly formed bevel, and a coarse stone or a file will get you there way faster.
That's exactly what happened...I used the fine stone that I bought with the scythe..
I don't think I can buy one locally, will have to order. My husband had some but we thought they were all too large.
I had all winter to get this together and did other things instead thinking there was plenty of time...now the grasses are growing and I'm impatient.
Judith Browning wrote:I give up for today.....
It does not seem like I'm getting anywhere.
I've been lazy about learning to sharpen things as I have an expert in the house. I think I peened it ok...might have held too firmly against the post though as there was more of a 'roll' along the edge than I expected. I did find a courser stone and tried to sharpen, including smoothing the places where I could feel an edge with a fingernail ....finished with the fine stone and tried it on some foot high grasses.
I'm clearly not there yet