A variety of tools are needed for scything.
The first one of course is the blade. It is attached to a snath by a ring. The blade needs to be very sharp, and getting there involves two different processes. First the scythe needs to be peened. It is the process of modifying the edge of the blade, leaving it as thin and even as possible all along the length of the edge. For that we need an anvil and a hammer, with the anvil secured in the ground or in a piece of log. The blade sits on top of the anvil, where repeated hammering gives it a fine edge. The second part of the sharpening takes place during the actual mowing, using a wet flat stone that we carry inside a stone holder, usually made of cow horn, wood, plastic or metal and hung from the belt.