This listing is for a functional restoration of the pictured scythe. Each of these projects we undertake requires about 8-12 hours of continuous labor, not including downtime waiting for things like adhesives used in the restoration to dry and cure. Once we start work on your restoration, expected turn-around time is about two weeks, and orders may not be canceled once work has begun. Please plan accordingly when placing your order.
The restoration work will be functional rather than cosmetic, and elements like the wood finish may show changes in coloration where worked. Rust removal will not be performed except by wire brush on parts requiring it for proper operation. The edge as supplied will have a burr from grinding that will require removal with a honing stone before the edge will stabilize. Some components such as nib grips may be replaced with new parts as needed.
Please be sure to tell us the height of the intended user and intended use in the comments field of the order so that the tang angle and nib positions may be adjusted for your height. Bear in mind that traditional wooden snaths are best fit to users 5' 11" in height or shorter.
Blade: North Wayne Tool Co. Bush Blade, 19-1/2" Long
Snath: Derby & Ball No.30 "Ironclad" w/Swing Socket Heel Plate, 57-1/2" Long
Notes: A beefy blade for a sturdy snath. The Derby & Ball No.30 "Ironclad" was like a reinforced version of the classic No.50, and retains the distinctive and highly adjustable gear-like swing socket heel plate for adjusting the hang while combining the lower half of the mechanism (normally merely a plate embedded in a recess in the wood) with the collar as a single piece of robust ductile iron. Additionally, the loop bolt for affixing the blade to the snath sits off the end of the wood in a special enclosed housing, leaving the end of the wooden portion of the snath at full strength. All told, this is a sturdy, but not overly heavy, combination that will tackle brush and weeds admirably.
Bush blades are usually used without any bend in the tang to cut at a slant relative to the woody-stemmed growth, and so will be left flat unless requested otherwise.