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CarolineJ

  • Joined Dec 2015
  • North coast of Scotland
Re: Scythe: practical tool or ancient relic?
« Reply #15 on: May 31, 2016, 11:28:03 am »
I wouldn't be so sure about that, Womble - I love his books too!
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waterbuffalofarmer

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Mid Wales
  • Owner of 61 Mediterranean water buffaloes
Re: Scythe: practical tool or ancient relic?
« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2016, 12:37:20 pm »
Bob flowerdew does an excellent thing with his lawn, he plants bulbs in it so there is an exscuse not to mow it.  ;D
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arobwk

  • Joined Nov 2015
  • Kernow - some say it's in England !
Re: Scythe: practical tool or ancient relic?
« Reply #17 on: June 01, 2016, 08:03:12 pm »
Anyone bought/tried one of Simon Drummond's cheaper offerings at www.get-digging.co.uk (as per link provided by Simon Fairlie for those on a budget)?  Some of the reviews posted on the get-digging site suggest they might be OK. 

Also:  when I started looking into scything a few months ago, I came across a bit about non-tempered blades - simply sharpened with a stone (no peening).  Any thoughts?

cloddopper

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • South Wales .Carmarthenshire. SA18
Re: Scythe: practical tool or ancient relic?
« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2016, 01:33:41 am »
I used to have a TYZAK Sheffield Steel bladed scythe , with a 1 & 3/4 "  double handled aluminium shaft .
It was fantastic , light ,well designed , you can fit it to yourself with ease & with a fine rub stone I could get it razor sharp .

There is one on eBay at the minute .  Item number 142042348516

 I paid about £40 for mine 20 years or more ago , so that one is fair priced even with the carriage costs .

The old hand mower mens way of knowing your scythe was sharp enough was , first use a coarse carborundum stone to start the edge and then use a fine flat carborundum stone to almost hone it sharp .

They'd get  a copper penny , halfpenny or farthing out their pocket and press the edge of the coin onto the edge of scythe blade that you'd just sharpened . If the coin stuck on the blade edge it was sharp enough for a good 20 min of grass cutting .
 Yes you can cut grass when it's wet with a scythe but it does cut better when it's almost dry . Working in long rows cutting out from the standing grass into an open space works best . Being right handed helps for you drop the grass slightly to the left of centre line as you cut .
 They do make left handed scythes  but at a price .

 I don't know if you can still get TYZAC scythe blade replacements , if you can you'll have a scythe for life & it's worth getting a spare blade or two so you'll always have one when it's needed .
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