A sickle is an agricultural hand tool featuring a variously curved blade and often a straight, cylindrical blade. The basic application of sickles is to harvest grain crops or cut succulent forage for feeding livestock. Sickles are commonly used in different cultures around the world, resulting in their great diversity in appearance and construction. The inside cutting edge of the sickle blade is either serrated or smooth. The serrated sickle versions are mainly used in reaping grain while the smooth ones are useful for catching the crop stems and then slicing them as a knife functions. When in use, sickles are either pulled towards the user or swung in the opposite direction. Their blade is usually made of stainless steel for strength and durability, and can be re-sharpened for extended usability. The sickle tang is affixed to the handle that is made from wood, or sometimes plastic, either solid or hollow. In addition to usage in farming and gardening, sickles are also used as weapon, recreational items, or part of the hammer and sickle symbol of the former Soviet Union. A good sickle is the one featuring following properties: - Suitable for both right handed and left handed people. - Strong, sharp blade made of reliable stainless steel ensuring the expected performance after long time usage and many times of re sharpening. - Handles with soft rubber grips for comfortable holding in long time. Ergonomic design that helps maximum leverage and force so make tasks done easier and faster. - Lightweight and compact. Easy to re sharp. - Long lifespan. No rust, corrosion, and breakage. - Modern design.
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