Antique Sickle Blade, Wooden Handle, Primitive Tool, Farm Implement, Sling Blade, Home Decor, Forged Steel, Barn Knife, Country Collectible

$164.50

The rustic and distressed primitive handheld sickle blade tool is in very good to great condition. Even though the rustic and distressed surface of the metal has practically erased all marks of identification on this collectible farm implement, the timeless styling and design is the epitome of what one would think of if "sickle blade" were mentioned. While the curved blade could be sharpened and put to work, it is being offered in this listing as a decorative collectible. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to find antique handheld tools with the original blades, fasteners, and handles intact. However, the gorgeous primitive sickle blade tool in this listing appears to be complete with its original blade, fasteners, and wooden handle intact. Even though it may be difficult to notice in the photos, the spine of the neck section has tracks/markings that are consistent with the use of a grinder and/or hammer. The tracks/markings are evidence of one-off production - most likely hand-forging. While the head of each fastener has the appearance of being hand-forged, the opposite end of each leaves no doubt. The out-of-round fasteners that connect to both the handle and the blade appear to be the work of a blacksmith beating a molten hot piece of metal into place. Along with this, the black stain that surrounds the fastener holes on the wooden handle are evidence of low-carbon wrought iron. According to references, high-carbon wrought iron has more of a reddish color tone when it rusts. Furthermore, whereas reddish rust tends to break down the metal, the black stain rust acts as a preservative. Hence, this is one of the main reasons that very old tools tend to withstand the elements and aging much better than more modern-day implements. The black stain rust not only works as a preservative, but it also provides a hint as to when the implement was produced. According to references, low-carbon forging occurred on a much larger scale in the early to mid 1800's. Around the turn of the twentieth-century, metal with a higher carbon content became much more widely used with the arrival of factory production. While it is hard to be absolutely certain, the evidence points to a production date sometime around the turn of the twentieth-century.

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There is a very small chip on the end of the wooden handle. However, the little chip is so old that it has the same aged appearance as the rest of the handle. Other than this, there are no breaks, cracks, chips, or repair places on this gorgeous handheld primitive sickle-blade tool. There are some vintage wear, age, and rub marks on the sickle blade tool - mainly in the form of slight surface pitting due to distress and age. As can be seen in the photos, the blade appears to be very straight. Also, there are small remnants of residual color - located mainly on the neck and tail of the blade. In addition, it is important to note that this collectible sickle blade tool has been lightly washed with soap and water. Hence, it is clean to the touch. The sheen-like appearance of the metal is due to WD-40 being sprayed over the metal after its initial washing.

The decorative possibilities for this rustic and distressed primitive handheld sickle blade farm tool are many. The display case or open collectibles shelf would be enhanced by the addition of this primitive hand-held sickle blade tool. Also, entryway, the den, or man-cave would welcome this gorgeous sickle blade tool for its rich brown color palette and primitive farmhouse charm. In addition, the growing collection of primitive tools would increase in value and interest upon the arrival of this all original and well-aged handheld sickle blade tool.

The collector will appreciate this gorgeously distressed and aged handheld sickle blade farm tool for its very good to great condition, intact original blade and handle, rich brown color palette, primitive farmhouse charm, and overall aesthetically attractive appearance.

The collectible steel and wood sickle blade tool weighs approximately 7 oz.

The rustic and distressed primitive handheld sickle blade tool measures approximately 17.5" from the tip of the blade to the butt of the wooden handle.

The curved sickle blade measures approximately 11" in length x 2" wide where it mounts to the neck.

The wooden handle measures approximately 5.5" in length x 1 1/8" deep x 1 3/8" wide.

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