More About Garden Sickles
This Japanese sickle, or the Kama, has proven more useful than I ever imagined. It will happily cut small amounts of cover crop, grain, or trim grass in tight areas where you might not want a weed whacker. Harvesting bundles of lemon balm, mint or comfrey it happens quickly with this one.
The medium weight is an excellent all-purpose and my favorite. Light enough for grass, but a bit thicker than the light blade if you need to whack something a little more robust, like a mature bull thistle. The medium weight also has a palm swell at the base of the handle for a better grip.
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High carbon steel laminated to softer steel. Hand forged. Very sharp and ready to use. The handle is made from Beechwood and will take a beautiful coat of linseed oil.
If you’ve ever grown ornamental grasses, planted grass or grain cover crops, or dealt with weedy weeds in the garden, If so, you may want to invest in one of the most ancient of harvesting tools – a sharp, wood-handled device known as a sickle.
The handle on this sickle is handmade in Japan of Japanese white oak and is extremely light-weight for easy handling.
As with any wood-handled tool, you should keep the handle dry when storing the sickle and, if needed, occasionally give it a light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper and oil it.
The blade is forged of high carbon steel laminated to soft steel. High carbon steel. You can be sharpened to a beautiful edge but has the disadvantage of rusting quickly. Dry the blade before you put it away. It also helps to wipe down with a drop of oil on both sides of the edge. We recommend using Camellia Oil to preserve and protect the blade from rusting.
The blades are riveted to the handle in a slotted area designed for it. I’ve never had any problems with it coming loose.