Hay Twine Cutter/Can You See Me Now?

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.


Hay Twine Cutter/Can You See Me Now? — 3 Comments

  1. I have boys who love/collect/make knives, swords and other sharp implements. There is never a lack of bale twine cutters around here. 🙂

  2. Have you ever tried using another bale twine? I just stick one twine under the other and pull it back and forth a few times and it is cut. Never short of a cuting tool. *smile* I just found your blog and am joining to follow.

  3. Patti – Boys have a natural affinity for weapons. One of my sons sharpened all the knives in the house including both sides of the butter knives.

    Alla – Good trick; I never would have thought of that. You are right, there is never a shortage of twine. Thanks for joining and posting that handy tip.