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does anybody have any links to sites or videos of scythe making?

I have a job possibility at short notice and am in a hurry to get more of a clue.

All the best Owen

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I have access to Swedish information with a lot of pictures of the forging process. Send me a private message with your email address if you need it.

 

//DQ

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Best video that I know of is this one, albiet it's a semi modern production line shop, but they use all manner of tools from a giant old drop helve to air hammers to punch presses.

 

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Funnily enough I was talking about scythes at your place at the weekend. I've wanted to try use one for a while and find it frustrating that my wife's work has 20 or so hanging on a wall.

 

I've also been trying to find out why scythes work better when peened after sharpening - I'm wondering if its just the grade of the steel?

 

Sadly no forging info for you though...

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@ stewart I think that the reason they do the peening, is to work harden the iron, then sharpening is done, if at all.

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All the old scythes that I've been around (admittedly only a dozen or so) were just wrought iron for the whole thing, no hardened edge of any sort, no steel.

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great video there.

 

you seen this one owen?

 

 

these are composite construction and quenched.

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As I was watching the one video, youtube kindly suggested this one

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I Love where this thread is going. these old films are so cool.

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the book "The art of traditional Blacksmithing" by Håvard Bergland (should be at the local library(?)) has a little part for scythemaking the scandinavian way. Its a great book anyways though he does talk a fair bit of historical, cultural things too. But it gives a basic intro to how they are made. Both techniques for handhammering and machine. It should at least give you a nice clue of how it has been done.

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I can find a copy on amazon at $57 but can't find it on the UK site??? http://www.amazon.com/The-Traditional-Blacksmithing-H%C3%A5vard-Bargland/dp/1936013010

Andrew

Think its a thru american publicing.. But yea, its a pricy one. So maybe check with a library. But then again some of it (hopefully) goes to a very deserving smith.

 

(sorry for hijacking the thread a bit Owen)

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Has the book been translated to English?

I had it confused with the Swedish "Klassiskt Jarnsmide"

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