Italian. Falci makes very high quality sickles. I have one model with serrated teeth, and another model that comes in two sizes. Serrated - $20 Size 1 - $44 sharpened Size 2 - $47 sharpened
The Japanese Kama
I actually prefer to use a Japanese kama for harvesting certain grains, rather than a European sickle. Harvest grains with a pull stroke. The short, straight blade of the kama, is much easier to control, in my opinion. It can also be used as a grass hook, and cut with a forward slicing motion, like a scythe blade, or grap handfuls of taller grass and cut with a pull stroke. Light, dexterous, and versatile. Laminated steel blade. Double bevel. Sharpen with a flat whetstone, or your kitchen knife bench stone. $37.00
Falci Hayforks - As long as I am carrying Falci scythe blades, I decided to try their hayforks as well. Austrian-style hayforks are rather commonly available in farm supply stores throughout the USA, but these Italian style forks are not. Their tines have a very pronounced curve, and the handles are extra long, making these nice for tall people to pick hay up off the ground. The 2-pronged fork on the left has an overall length of 65 inches, and weighs 3 pounds. The 3-pronged fork on the right, has an overall length of 67 inches, and weighs 3# 6oz. Beech wood handles. $48 and $55
Other Tools Recommended For the One Scythe Revolution (but not sold by us)
The Carry-All Garden Cart
A large capacity garden cart is extremely useful on a scythe-based farm. I highly recommend the Carry-All made by the Norway Company here in Wisconsin. We use it for hauling fresh-cut grass and weeds, compost, manure, firewood, rocks, you name it. It's a real workhorse. It's extremely durable and well-made, and all the parts are replaceable (though so far the only thing that we've had to replace in 8 years, is one of the innertubes. And that was only because one of our geese chewed on the tire valve and gave it a leak!). Update 12-17-2015:Apparently the Carry-All is no longer being made. A similar cart is made in Vermont.
Scythe is to lawnmower, as broadfork is to roto-tiller. We never turn over our soil here, but incorporate compost and other soil amendments, into our heavy clay soil as needed, by loosening it with a broadfork. To work a garden bed, we simply pull aside the thick mulch, spread on the compost, kelp, rock dust, pyrolized charcoal, etc., and then use the broadfork to loosen up the clay soil. We then finish the job with a 3-tine cultivator. (See blog.) My blacksmith friend, Larry Cooper (pictured at left) at Gulland Forge now located in North Carolina, makes an excellent broadfork. See http://gullandforge.com/
Silky Sugoi 420 Extra Large Teeth - Sugoi means awesome in Japanese. Nicknamed the "human powered chain-saw", this saw is indeed awesome! Great for coppicing, and sawing up branchwood for bio-char. I use it to fell and saw up entire dead elm trees. We have a lot of young elms here, that die of Dutch Elm Disease when they are 6"-8" in diameter. I cut them down, and saw up the trunk for firewood, and the branches for bio-char. The Silky catalog says that this saw is sharpenable, but I haven't tried that yet.
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