A scythe is a tool consisting of a sharp curved blade at a perpendicular angle to the long, wooden handle. Scythes were mostly used as a tool for harvesting wheat and other crops before the advent of modern harvesting machines, and in some less developed countries they are still used in this manner. Scythes were often used as weapons by peasant rebels throughout history, in both Europe and Asia. This was particularly common in Eastern Europe. Even after the weapon became obsolete, the war scythe is used as a symbol of Polish resistance to outside imperialism. Scythes were used as weapons as they were, the case with the Japanese kama hand scythe, or modified into "war scythes" with the blade pointing upwards like a fauchard. The scythe is also the weapon of Western depictions of Death incarnate.