Lee Valley Tools Gardening Newsletter
Vol. 3, Issue 3
June 2008
 
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  Hay knife  
     
  Before the use of mechanized agricultural methods became commonplace, most hay was cut by hand using a scythe. It was dried and eventually stacked in a hayloft or other place of storage. Over time, the dried hay would naturally compress, forcing out the air, which aided in preservation. This did not, however, make it easy to remove an amount of hay when needed. A hay knife, such as the one shown above, was used to make vertical cuts in the stack so that a particular amount could be extracted.

The double-handled hay knife is approximately 3' long, with a 2' long blade. The writing on the tool specifies it is an original Hiram Holt hay knife by Worth Wayne Co., made in Oakland, Maine. Interestingly, this area began as a small farming community and eventually became known for its edge-tool factories, which produced cutting tools for farmers and loggers.
 
     
  Hay knife  
     
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