I just read on another website that The Scythe Book by David Tresamer, is still considered the "Bible" for scythe users. If that is true, it is mainly because it's still the only book in print, in the English language.
Surprisingly, this book is actually responsible for a lot of confusion with Austrian scythe users. I live in an area with many organic gardeners, and the area is saturated with mail-order scythes and The Scythe Book, Mostly the first edition. When I mention that I sell scythes, and teach scythe workshops, they proudly tell me that they've had a scythe for a long time, and that they already know how to use it, and that they love it. When I ask them what they mow with it, they admit "Oh, I don't use it that much really. Just for weeds, now and then. It works great for that." When I ask them how they sharpen it, they proudly pantomime their interpretation of using a whetstone. When I ask them if they've ever peened their blades, they say " No, I never did figure out how to do that. I probably should."