This 120 grit hand sanding block is fantastic for removing rust from the blade and buffing up the edge prior to peening.
All non-stainless high carbon steel rusts, and scythe blades are no different. Typically the rust from the bulk of the blade will be removed by a good mowing session, but it’s critical to clean up the edge before trying to peen it. Iron oxide doesn’t behave like steel!
The hand blocks are a unique product in that they are impregnated with abrasive right through the whole block – not just the outside as in most common sanding blocks. So it’s not a ‘use once and throw away’ product.
They’re also great for any other hand tools that need a buff every now and again, as well as other uses such as cleaning the table on table saws.
When peening a scythe blade, using the block gives a clean edge with a matte shine, and when the hammer or jig cap strikes this edge, the point of impact is very obvious due to a glossier shine in that spot. We personally found the blocks made a big difference to our peening, so we’ve become a distributor to get them out there.
Here’s what one of our first customers said: