Fig 20 Grinding A Scythe

After the blade has been ground, it is whetted, as shown in Figure 21. A good position for the tool and hands is shown in this illustration. Notice that the lower end of the snath is placed directly in front of the workman and about 2 ft. away, and that the left hand holds the blade by grasping it over the top. This position places the blade up so as not to endanger the right hand while whetting. One end of the scythe stone is held in the right hand. The right elbow is held against the body, and the scythe

Fig Scythe
FIG. 21. SHOWING A GOOD POSITION OF BODY, SNATH, AND STONE FOR WHETTING A SCYTHE
FIG. 22. A SCYTHE BLADE IS ALLOWED TO DROP BACK UNDER THE LEFT ARM, AND THE WHETTING DONE AT THE TIP OF THE BLADE
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