The sickle and the scythe are the earliest forms ol hand tools developed for harvesting a crop. Although their development can be traced back to around 2,000 b.c., they are still used in many parts of the world today for small-scale farming.
The scythe was developed from the sickle by lengthening the blade and adapting the handle in such a way that both hands of the operator can be used. The larger blade of the scythe increases the rate of doing work, while the longer handle is less fatiguing for the operator as he can stand upright when working. The scythe can be used for harvesting both cereal and forage a tips.
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