Back from NOFA NY
It was great fun vending at the NOFA NY winter conference for Scythe Supply. We caught up with a lot of previous customers and encountered many questions about sharpening and peening.
Two basic pieces of advice:
It's more difficult to ruin a blade while peening than one may think. Use common sense, and keep your Hulk strength in check (think "tap," not "hammer/pound").
And, practice makes better sharpeners. Truly. Particularly for those of us who have had little or no experience using hand tools before becoming a scythe owner, using the tools — peening jig, hammer and anvil, whetstone — over and over again is a good way to develop the ability to tune into the nuances of peening and sharpening. So much of this skill is by feel.