Hay Knife

Blacksmiths working in specialized shops made many of the tools that farmers needed to work in their fields. The blade on this large hay knife was made by a blacksmith. After a wooden handle was added, the farmer used this tool to cut down tall grasses during harvest time.

Bibliographic Information: Hay Knife, 1830, wood, metal, L: 13.5, W: 21.25 x D: 4.75 in.The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of the Byard Family, N0296.1942.