Mike Homest wrote:
Matt Browne wrote:I was in the market for a Scythe until I realized outfits cost $300.
Usually it’s 100 for blade, 100 for snath, 50 for peening jig, and 50 for shipping. (I’m in California.) I’ve gotten quotes from all the popular vendors listed here. I was shocked a hand tool was this pricey!
I have a 1/2 acre hilly plot with weeds that have gone to seed for at least two seasons.
Can anyone recommend a solution for 100 bucks or less that will be permaculture friendly (not muck up the soil or spew gas)?
I would love to use a Scythe but it’s too much.
I see blades (vintage) starting from 10 US$ on ebay, complete Scythe starting at 60 US$?
Brian Rodgers wrote:
Thanks for the tips. I'm really curious where the ranch scythe went. I'll rummage thoroughly through our old log barn next time I'm down the hill. I'm curious what sharpening a scythe to the extent of which you write looks like. Do you create a special workstation for sharpening? I still have what my father called a sickle stone which I used on all sorts of sharpening jobs. It is no longer flat nor does it have parallel surfaces top and bottom, though. I recently replaced it with a new whetstone of 1000/6000 grit for sharpening plane and chisel blades.
Is sharpening frequency for a scythe similar that of a chainsaw where it gets sharpened every time we use it?
Thank you for all this information sir.
Judith Browning wrote:
Benjamin Bouchard wrote:It's possible your edge isn't keen enough.
That is very likely. I paid a bit extra to have the blade come sharpened and I had assumed peened also?. I've been honing occasionally and thought it was enough but I'm certainly not getting a nice easy cut fast or slow.
There is no rush to cut these areas since nothing is growing now so I'll spend some time following your advice for checking the edge.
Sharpening the blade was what I knew would be the biggest challenge for me using a scythe.
Brian Rodgers wrote:Good morning Judith
Thank you for sharing this inspirational story about your new scythe. We had an antique scythe here many years ago, I don't know where it went. That's probably okay as it wasn't customized to fit anyone here anyway.
I'm eagerly reading and mowing vicariously through your stories.