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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles A scythe is an
agricultural hand tool for mowing grass or reaping crops. It was
largely replaced by horse-drawn and then tractor machinery, but is
still used in some areas of Europe and Asia. "Scythe" derives from
Old English sioe. A scythe consists of a wooden shaft about 170cm
long called a snaith, snath, snathe or sned (modern versions are
sometimes made from metal or plastic). The snaith may be straight,
or with an "S" curve, but the more sophisticated versions are
curved in three dimensions, allowing the mower to stand more
upright. The snaith has either one or two short handles at right
angles to it - usually one near the upper end and always another
roughly in the middle. A long, curved blade about 60 to 90
centimetres (24 to 35 in)) long is mounted at the lower end,
perpendicular to the snaith. Scythes always have the blade
projecting from the left side of the snaith when in use, with the
edge towards the mower. In principle a left-handed scythe could be
made, but it could not be used together with right-handed scythes
in a team of mowers, as the left-handed mower would be mowing in
the opposite direction.
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