These two blades are tensioned as Cymbals and have a unique sound. Suitable for ethnic or tribal dance or use in the yard. It was an experiment in blade tensioning that worked pretty well. Handles can be wrapped with cordage or wood scales (grips) provided. It’s a bit unusual but scythes and similar tools and blades have been hammered similar to this for centuries.
The long explanation is as follows:
I have often talked about blade harmonics with people on the net as part of my investigation of Ethnographic Arms and Armor so I recorded one today. This is a USN MK mini or miniature that was tensioned like the older Swiss and American Scythes The natural harmonic choke point is where the horizontal triangle is pointing. The blade was hung from the first rivet hole. You want the vibrations to dampen off in the handle and a section reduction or a choil in that area helps out a bit,..