Preparing your new scythe blade

How to get your new blade ready to mow!

All new blades come coated in a layer of lacquer to protect them and prevent rusting in transit and storage. Before first use it is best practice to scrape this lacquer off the cutting edge of the blade. This prevents it clogging up your stone when sharpening.

Using the end of a file, a rubberized sanding block or some emery cloth, scrape the lacquer off the cutting edge and up to 3-5mm back. As you will be working on the sharp edge you might want to wear work gloves to protect your fingers. There is no need to remove the lacquer from the rest of the blade

Once the lacquer is removed, give the edge a sharpen with your sharpening stone and you’re ready to mow!