This evening the garden has been ringing to the familiar sound of the peening anvil and hammer. Phil has been preparing his 85cm Profisense blade ahead of the coming haying season, and more imminently, the West Country Scythe Festival at which he will be teaching, taking part in the Scythe Association of Britain and Ireland (SABI) AGM and joining in the fun on the day of the festival it’s self.
He certainly has lovely surroundings to work in.
Here he is applying the “thumb nail test” to the freshly peened edge. An edge that is fine enough to mow grass easily will “ripple” when a thumb nail is rolled against the underside.