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: Unmarked Grass Blade, 28" Long
Snath: Derby & Ball No.50, Light Type, w/Swing Socket Heel Plate, 57" Long
Notes: The Derby & Ball No.50 swing socket heel plate snath is the gold standard of American snaths, and especially ones of this vintage. The end diameter being only 1.5" rather than the usual 2", this is a good lightweight grass snath. The broad grass blade, while unmarked, is of a solid and versatile build, and was probably produced under private label for a small-town hardware store. Blades made for those sorts of orders would have been marked with a paper label instead of a factory hot stamp.