I rarely promote a product but I’m making an exception today. Last August, I wrote about my scythe purchase, use, and initial impressions. Since then I’ve really come to love using my scythe. To keep the blade sharp you use a whetstone. It’s a real art – see the 3:40 mark of this video.
I have a whetstone and I was slowly learning how to use it until I came across tungsten or sub-micron sharpening technology. We have a Bypass Pruner and Sharpener Set from Home Hardware. The pruner does a poor job making clean cuts even when sharp but the sharpener is something special. The first time that I used it on my regular secateurs I was truly impressed. Unlike regular sharpeners, it literally shaves away metal. The edge was beyond razor sharp. So when Lee Valley came along with their version, I decided to purchase a his and hers for the garden. They’re even better than the Home Hardware version which takes me back to the point of this post – I started using this sharpener instead of the whetstone to sharpen my scythe. What was previously sharp is now dull by comparison to the new sharp. I can scythe 4″ high lawn grass if I choose to (which I don’t).
So there you have it, a better mouse trap from Lee Valley. They do sell real mousetraps but I don’t know if they’re better or not.