Antique hay saw, good wooden handles. $50
Approximately 3 feet long; blade is about 2 inches wide.
Before hay was baled it was harvested long and placed in hay stacks, or
it was lifted up into barn lofts with slings or forks.
When this loose hay settled it was very difficult to remove from the stack.
The hay knife was used to cut off small portions of hay that could then be feed to the cows.
The knife had two handles, both on the same side, so that one could work close to the
face of the stack without hitting their hands. The design for this style of hay knife
was patented by George Weymouth of Dresden, Maine on March 7, 1871.
The patent was reissued in 1882 and 1886 and both of those patents were assigned to Hiram Holt.
His company, The Hiram Holt Company of East Wilton, Maine, sold them using the name of the
Lightning Hay Knife. The cost for a Lightning Hay Knife was 50 cents in the 1897 Sears and
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