If you are talking about me and my whacking, oh, thats no joke.
I really hate that acronym, but alas it works sometimes...
If you go to your local True Value they either carry or can get a 26" 'weed' blade and either an aluminum or wooden snath from Seymour Mfg. They are not cheap.
Unfortunately they charge too much for the blades, and the snaths often have rusted collars from being allowed to sit in a damp corner.
Another funny thing to note is how people always talk about American pattern blades having no "set" to them--i.e. they're just flat stamped steel. ALL the antiques I've seen had the tang at a slightly lifted angle (though not so much as a Euro one) and a slight smile from beard to toe.
You'd be suprised at how creative people who live in a rural setting can be. Something as simple as an angle can be change in any number of ways.
I have rehandled "shovels" that are now used as hoes or pointed spades/hoes.
Last edited by gga357; 09-24-2011 at 09:50 AM.
Rather, I think that people have just gotten their information from the scythe book. True, they don't have a curve from spine to edge like a European one does, and the angle of the tang is very shallow compared to European blades, but they aren't just completely flat. Even the present production Seymour ones have a slight set to the tang.
Makes me wonder who the manufacturers for those are. Also makes me wonder what the blade attachment is like.
I've been working on clearing the back pasture where it's been overgrown by woody plants and goldenrod. The scythe, in spite of having a long grass blade on it, absolutely destroyed the invading horde of plants. I'm loving this thing!
I hazard a guess it was "farm produced" looks like a simple collar welded to the blade and fit over the shaft. We had quite a few farm made tools.
It is funny now to go into Cracker Barrel and see tools I used to use hanging from the ceiling as antiques... I am only 45.
It always makes me wonder about what their insurance policy covers them for--axes and sickles and whatnot hanging overhead suspended from thin wires...
Honestly, I would love to see a revolution in hand tool usage. A lot of those methods, while a bit more time consuming, were based around minimizing waste and maximizing quality.
My kids were shocked when I showed them the metal shoes forms and stand my grandfather used to resole and repair shoes for the family! LOL!
My Mom wore dresses made from cotton flour sacks, you paid a little extra to get the sacks with flowers printed on them.
I dearly miss life on the farm but it is still in the family so I take my wife and kids there and show them a little of what it was like. We used and old ringer washing machine to shell October beens- Grandpa and I made tin chutes for the beans on one side and hulls on the other
Have a few two man saws still hanging there, those I do NOT miss
The double bit felling axes were all attacked by people with electric grinders, so not much to save there !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Must...have...crosscut saw!!!!!!!!!!!! AAHHHH!!!
the fact I was an early teen probably had something to do with it too- no good shoulder development but if both men know there stuff and the saw is right, wood is dry- it really does not take all that much brute strength, just good rythm and a straight motion. Pine requires a kerosene spray? I beleive that is what was in the bottle to keep the sap off the blade.
I was allowed to drop the next years wood using the dbit felling axe. Grandpa ringed them and then I got to drop them...... hit the "angles Boy, not the flats" LOL!!
A good tool is a wonderful thing.
I'll try to see if I can get some video action soon. There are too few video clips on the 'net showing an American scythe in action.
My friend bought a euro scythe at a hippy fair this past weekend. I asked him if they talked shat about american pattern scythes and praised up the euro, sure enough the answer was "Yup. They were marketing the euro scythes as a better tool". Damn hippies!
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