Sharpening Your Scythe Blade
A sharp scythe blade is what makes all the difference between a relaxing scything experience and hard slog. A sharp scythe is one of the most enjoyable tools to use. A blunt scythe makes a great wall hanging. Depending on the blade, there are different methods of sharpening, using different tools. You’ll learn to use them all, from the simple file to the peening anvil. If you are a beginner at this, don’t expect to achieve excellence in the time available. The only way to do that is to practise, practise, practise. According to one expert scyther, it takes 10 minutes to learn how to scythe – and a year to learn how to peen! Mind you, he was talking about the most difficult type of peening – peening with the hammer and anvil. Peening instruction will be held after breakfast on Saturday. You are welcome to practise your peening at any time during the weekend as there'll be peening stations set up with practice blades.
Dan honing his blade with a whetstone. Ed repairing an old blade. Charlie and Mevagh practising their peening. Ed demonstrating how to peen with a peening jig.