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Old 12-05-2012, 12:22 AM   #1
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I bought these at a yard sale up north. When I 1st saw them I was thinking they’d work good gutting pumpkins. I doubt seriously if they’re pumpkin gutters so what exactly are they? Another question…. they’ve got some age on em and the wooden handle on 1 of em is a little loose. I don’t see a way to tighten it so I’m wondering if I could start oiling up the handles with mineral oil? Would the wood absorb the oil and expand? I’m thinking I wouldn’t have anything to lose oiling the handles because that would probably increase the lifespan of the tools….. right?
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:03 AM   #2
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Those could be the handles from an antique hay scythe:
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Could be.... NO.... they ARE!!! I've got a scythe sitting out in the garage that I've been trying to get repaired so I could use it and I just checked and that's EXACTLY what they are!!! The guy who sold em to me said they were wood working tools. hava said they could be used for woodworking and I was thinking they were just the right size to stick in and gut a pumpkin so I bought em. Go ahead and tell me how you knew what they were!
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Does anyone know if I should oil the handles with mineral oil?
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:00 AM   #4
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I see that the first link I posted was an auction and that posting expired. Here's another photo of the American type scythe (the one on the left):
The cutting edge: St. Croix County scythe expert says ancient haying tool making comeback on small farms - The Country Today: Country Options


The guy in the article seems to be knowledgeable about scythes and his recommendation is:
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The wooden handle of the scythe, called a snath, has two ergonomic grips. The wood should be oiled once in a while. Anderson also cleans and dries the blade before storing it after use.
The cutting edge: St. Croix County scythe expert says ancient haying tool making comeback on small farms - The Country Today: Country Options

As to how I knew that, I grew up on a small farm. My father used to have one and he actually knew how to use it. Even though he had moved on to a tractor and hay mower by the time I'd arrived on the scene he tried to teach me how to use it. I never really did get the hang of it but it's not the kind of tool that you forget.
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I found this interesting...as I enjoy exploring antiques and such and to actually figure out what something was used for is cool...
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As to how I knew that, I grew up on a small farm. My father used to have one and he actually knew how to use it. Even though he had moved on to a tractor and hay mower by the time I'd arrived on the scene he tried to teach me how to use it. I never really did get the hang of it but it's not the kind of tool that you forget.
...and to hear stories from members and learn about other's experiences that differ from my own is very cool too. I almost feel like I'm just one step removed from all of this; my dad grew up on a farm that I think the family sold when he was 18. He had a huge garden on our 3/4 of an acre lot--my mother always said he wanted more land. I have to wonder if he didn't have experience using such a tool.
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