All That Glitters Is Not Gold (In this case, is not green)



The same joy, good feeling and confidence that an appropriately dressed couple experiences when they walk into a party, a proud scyther feels when he walks (properly equipped) into a tender-looking, green grass field, just to mow. But a surprise can lurk around the corner for anyone. That good-looking couple suddenly realizes that they cannot dance to the music playing. That deception is similar to the one experienced by the well-equipped scyther who finds himself with a lovely field that he cannot mow as gracefully as he thought he could. Why? Well, this time because he found that a few inches under the green grass there are a few more inches of a stubble,


a muggy mass of old grass that has not been properly cut and raked in the previous season or was used as a pasture with not enough animals to eat all the grass.


The best, well-peened, sharpened and honed blade, in the hands of a good experienced mower, will not be sufficient to leave a nicely manicured area. It is also frustrating because you can only advance with a fight. And forget about the nice, clean windrow.


The area to be mowed with a scythe needs to be as clean as possible and, contrary to what I explained in previous posts—unfortunate encounters as you mow part one and two—in those situations, we do not have control of the obstacles that we find hidden. However this situation can be controlled just by raking well all the cut grass, and we will see the benefits next time we will mow.



When you are mowing around a pond, you never know who is watching you or what their intentions are…




Unfortunate Encounters as You Mow

Unfortunate Encounters as You Mow

Once we are hands on and the scythe is in real action, at some point it will bump into undesirable objects that can damage, partially or fully, the blade. When that happens the right thing to do is to stop and address the problem since the blade will loose a great deal of its potential and effectiveness.

Although a single large rock or a visible stoned area can be quite intimidating, at some point you will hit a stone based on miscalculation. However if you are cautious, the damage usually is not critical. The worse nightmare for a scyther is coming across a hazard that he or she doesn’t see or expect (like others things in life), such as something hidden close to the ground only noticeable when is too late. The most common object is a loose wire from a broken fence.

broken fence

Depending of the nature and severity of the accident, damages can be cracks, dents, chips or a long area of the bevel bent. Most of the time, this damage will require immediate repair, using a file to smooth those sharp angles and then an anvil and hammer to bring metal material (by hammering carefully to the direction of the dent) from behind to slowly fill the gap or empty space.

The other unpleasant encounter that you might come across is a snake. In this case, don’t worry about the blade (or the snake).