An old corn sickle is ideal for cutting hay twine. The curved blade fits under the twine just right and cuts it with ease. The only problem is keeping track of the small sickle. I try to set it on the bale to be used the next day so it is right at hand. The rusty blade and wooden handle blend in with the hay making it hard to see if it falls in the loose hay on the barn floor. Last year I lost it and didn’t find it until we cleaned out the barn to get ready for a new hay delivery. The sickle wasn’t where it was supposed to be again this morning and I vowed not to spend time searching for it again. Strips torn from an old pillowcase and wound around the handle made it easy to spot in the hay. The ends of the strips were tied in a loop so it can be hung from a hook or nail. An easy fix for an everyday annoyance.