Here's an excellent quick summary of the fossil fuel age, and the quandary it now leaves us in.
Another great harvest video. YouTube sure is a goldmine of info. This one was posted by tempo2002 . It was shot in Super-8 film by Folker B. Jung, in 1983. I think it takes place in southern Germany. Excellent close-up views of the F.A.O.-style grain cradle's construction, and in action! There is a drawing of the F.A.O. cradle on page 77 of The Scythe Book, though the cradles in this video look more artfully constructed.
I am often asked this question. Watch the video below, and decide for yourself. It was posted on YouTube by Handmaelcher. It shows alpine hay making in Engelberg, Switzerland.
I have had some requests for information on competition scythe blades; mostly from people that make their own snaths and want to experiment with off-set snaths and longer blades. I can special order these competition blades, made my Schroeckenfux, from Austria. They are available in lengths 120cm to 145cm. I currently have 120cm, 130cm, and 135cm blades, in stock. They are made of "Hartstahl", a specialty hardened steel, and are factory sharpened, and ready-to-mow. I will get longer blades, as us Americans figure out what to do with them. (see http://onescytherevolution.com/specialty-blades-for-diy-snathmakers.html )