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  1. Alan, what about sickles? I want to make a sickle, like the ones shown in the video.
  2. Anyone know if a cv axle would be hardenable for this, and whether it would be of sufficient quantity to make one? I have a couple cv axles as scrap and I thought it might be worth a try.
  3. Most of you all are thinking of American scythes with a very heavy, thick blade and a bent handle(snath), but truth be told, there is another kind of scythe for yard work referred to as an Austrian or European scythe. They have a straight or only partially bent(at the tip)handle and a lighter, cold forged, blade, which makes the yard work significantly less tiresome. I have two Austrian scythes for my yard care business with 6 various types of blades (2 sets of 3 different degrees of toughness: grass, ditch, and brush). Just about a month and a half ago, I was cleaving through literally 7 ft tall milkweeds with stalks well over an inch thick like they were hardly there.
  4. Chris, that was an absolutely fantastic video on forging an Austrian scythe blade. Thank you. I have been trying find as quality of a video as this.
  5. Well, I read Danish, so it shouldn't be hard to make the adjustment. Now I just have to acquire the book.
  6. George, The instruments used in the video are sickles, which are different from scythes. I own both scythes and sickles. To give a little explanation regarding scythes, there are two main types of scythes: the American Scythe, which has a heavy hardened blade and a bent handle(snath); and the Austrian/European Scythe, which has a light, less hardened, blade, and a straight or slightly bent(just at the tip) snath. The American scythe is sharpened with either a file or a coarse whetstone(cigar stone) as its primary sharpening instrument while the Austrian scythe is peened in order to establish the primary bevel. Both scythes are finished off with a medium to fine grit whetstone(canoe stone) to give them their final edge. The spine for the American Scythe blade has a ridge established on the outside edge of the blade, kind of like an upside down V. This performs two functions, to provide an angle guide for the canoe stone to give the right sharpening angle for the blade, as well as a mild reinforcement of the blade. The Austrian scythe has an L shaped vertical cross-section. The ridge(rib) at the outer edge of the blade provides the main rigidity and reinforcement for the softer metal. Sickles are one-handed tools, while a scythe is a two-handed tool. Attached are pictures of my Austrian scythes, my American scythe, and some of the sickles I have bought. I want to make my own, very large, sickle, like the ones the ladies are using in the video. Based on what I can observe, it appears they are made of hardened steel and have a fuller in the middle of the blade.
  7. I have a yard care business and I want to make a very large sickle like the ones these ladies have, but I am extremely new to bladesmithing and I need to know what kind of metal would be best suited for this kind of project. I have watched the video dozens of times and it looks like there may be a fuller in the blade as well. Any suggestions, or resources you would recommend checking out? I have a friend with a half acre of pasture this would be nice to have to do some trimming with.
  8. I actually have two scythes with six blades currently. I have a yard care business and they are awesome for overgrown weeds. I have literally sliced through two inch thick milkweed stalks with my bush blade(the short,stubby, tan colored blade in the pictures).
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