A farm tool
, wielded with two hands, for cut
, or other tall, thin crop
s. It consists of a long curved metal blade
attached to a long wooden handle
. The scythe was developed from the sickle
, which has a shorter blade and a shorter handle and is worked with one hand. The scythe is a lever getting more power than a sickle due to the longer handle; it was also suggested to me that it has more ease on the worker's back.
The scythe was in use in Europe
at least by the time of the Roman Empire
. Scythes with a half circle of bent willow attached near the blade to gather
the cut stem
s were in use in Flanders
by the end of the 15th century. Scythes with curved instead of straight handles came into use by the end of the 1600's.
The scythe was increasingly used in reap
, and other such crops until the invention of mechanical reaper
s in the 1830's. Since then, it has largely been supplanted for harvest
The scythe can still be seen today as a symbol
) who harvests the soul
s of man rather than wheat or grass. Although Death typicaly touches his prey to kill
them, I'm sure if he really wanted to he could use his scythe.