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The evolution of bladed cutting tools has played a vital role in the development of agriculture. Can we have a complete overview of these tools by an ethnological and historical analysis alone? That is the question. A complete technical study regarding the tools appears to be indispensable to retrieve their operating characteristics and properly situate their evolution. In any case, the aim of this essay is to give a new insight on these agricultural bladed cutting tools.

In general

- General study of bladed agricultural cutting tools : Definition and appellation of the tools : Classification essay

- Presentation of bladed agricultural cutting tools functioning.

- Study of free frontal cut : Free frontal cut. Required speed for free frontal cutting / Non free cutting and other methods.

- Reasoned study of the bladed agricultural tools’ cutting edge

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first part

Technical study of bladed agricultural cutting tools functioning.

- Case of the cutting tools with plane trajectories parallel to the ground : The sickle / The scythe

- Case of the cutting tools with lifting. Handle-operated tools from La Tène period

- Comparative study of the energy required as a function of the working method.

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second part

- I / Specific study of bladed agricultural cutting tools.
Depending on the historical periods.(works in progress)

-II/ Few studies.
Large curve-bladed Gallo-Roman scythes

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