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PD1018

War Scythe
Author: Unknown
Origin: Unknown
Dating: 17th century
Material: Metal & Wood
Dimensions (cm): 81 x 21
Weight: 1186 g
Inv. no.: PD1018

The War Scythe could possibly be a substitute for the scythe used by farmers in the field. In fact, in times of war it was common to see these men participating in the defence of their lands and goods using what they had at hand – axes, forks, scythes and sickles.

The most notable difference between the sickles and scythes of war and the ones used in the cultivated fields is that the former had the edge of blade facing the outside, so that the opponent could be more easily injured.

Objeto museológico (PDB)