Honing your scythe in the field

I’ve been teaching people how to hone their scythe blade while kneeling for many years. This method is much safer than standing and allows you to work more accurately and effectively.

This week, I was demonstrating and came up with this small modification to make it easier for beginners. Rather than holding the blade by the handle, the left hand works down the blade with the right hand, providing additional support for the blade and also marking where the last honing happened to ensure better coverage of the edge. Obviously, care needs to be taken to only hold the blade by the rib. Try it and let me know if it helps.

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