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 w/Swing Socket Heel Plate, 56-1/2" Long
Notes: Despite being a late-period No.50 snath, this piece maintains its standard of high quality, and pieces from this period have one of the more robust heel plate assemblies throughout Derby & Ball's historical production. While some fragments of the factory labels remain, these will need to be removed during restoration. Paired with a 30-1/2" laminated Emerson & Stevens grass blade, this combo is just begging to be put back into use to provide decades more of faithful service.