Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Sickle I Mentioned (w/pic)


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Some of you may not remember the photo of my antique "garden sickle" that I picked up last year in Amish country, though I've mentioned it a time or two in recent posts. I took some sandpaper to the blade yesterday and cleaned it up a mite. After wiping the blade with some tissue to get rid of most of the rust powder remaining (what I didn't get on the front of my skivvies, while working over the trash can at my desk). Then, I wiped down the both the handle and blade with another tissue on which I'd put a few drops of boiled linseed oil. WD-40 might have been better for the blade, but the missus would have gone on the warpath at the least scent of it in the house.

It measures 16.5" from the end of the handle to the back corner of the blade and has an 8.5" blade from toe to heel. With my cane in my left hand, it's comfortable for me to use as I bend over a little with some weight on the cane. That gives me three "feet" on the ground, which is always good. I swear, it's handier than a pocket on a shirt! Maybe I like it so well because it's so light; I don't know, but anything big enough to tax its potential probably needs a scythe anyway. Copyright 2018


Sunnybrook Farm said...

It has a nice look to it and should work better than the curved ones on larger weeds. It is kind of like a corn cutter we had only it didn't have a nice blade like the sickle. I remember letting it point to the ground and just pulling up a little to cut corn.

Lady Locust said...

Beautiful and functions properly- sweet! One of the things hubby asked for for his bday was a good whetting stone. I'm sure I don't have to tell you my dismal "choices." And they wonder why people shop online. 🤔

Gorges Smythe said...

I've seen those, SF, and there was also the kind that strapped to your leg.

LL, you should be able to get some good ones from the scythe supply shops online.

Craig Majoros said...

Those old scythes are very handy..this video is interesting..I enjoyed watching it, hope you do also.

Gorges Smythe said...

Thanks for the link, CM; I enjoyed it!