It is called sickle to one tool which is used to reap (cut herbs or mieses). The sickle presents a wooden handle and one curved blade with edge in the concave sector or with sharp teeth.
Also called mower , the sickle is usually used to cut plant stems grasses . This instrument is similar to the scythe , although its blade is smaller and has a greater curvature: in this way, it is possible to handle the sickle with one hand and use the other to take the reaped.
The origins of the sickle date back to the Prehistory : by then they were made with bone or stone. For a long time, the sickle was a key element in the agricultural activity , although the development of mechanical harvesters made him lose preponderance. Sickles, on the other hand, were also used as weapons in the Middle Ages .
Due to its relevance in the farming , the sickle became a job symbol . The communist parties , in this framework, they use as a banner a hammer and sickle , representing the union of the peasants and the industrial proletariat. The hammer and sickle, in fact, were part of the flag of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.R.S.S. ).
For the geography , a sickle is a angostura of a valley with great depth or that created by a river between two mountains. It is also known as a sickle to the narrow valley that usually constitutes the channel of a river that flows between walls of considerable height.
Several Spanish towns, finally, include the term sickle in their first name . Among them appear Sickle of Valdivielso , Sickle Up and Sickle of Down .