Scutching Sword

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“Scutching-sword and Stand. A beating-implement used in scutching flax by hand. The sword a is held in the right hand, which with the left a handful of the bruised stems is introduced into the grove g in the stand b. A band stretched from the stand to a stake h causes the sword to rebound after each downward blow.” -Whitney, 1911


William Dwight Whitney The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1911)


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