I hope it hasn't been done before, I searched a few related tags and didn't find anything that similar. Feedback much appreciated, I think I'm most worried about screwing up majorly in tone or format, as I (personally) think the concept is solid and simple enough to survive.
There's a nugget of a good idea here- bleeding out from a minor cut is actually a personal fear of mine. But it's buried under quite a few problems. Firstly, it's an OTT weapon, which will immediately induce eye-rolling in some people. Secondly, the choice of a scythe is probably a bad idea. The connection to the Grim Reaper is blunt and cliché.
There are also some problems with the acquisition: really, who goes around waving a scythe around to the point where he manages to accidentally kill at least ten people? If it was an accident, he'd probably have been stopped within the first one or two deaths just as a result of the enquiry.
It's probably not a good idea to crosslink to other articles, especially SCP-682. You can just say 'SCP-1119 does not appear to affect any entity with advanced regenerative powers' and leave it at that.
And finally, that bit about using a dangerous SCP object for gardening purposes is just stupid and should be removed.
The last part was me being stupid at one in the morning.
I guess I didn't make it clear with the "history of mental problems" thing, I'll expand that - he murdered them with the scythe, or attempted to murder them. I'll clarify that.
Funnily enough I wasn't thinking about the Grim Reaper at all until after I had written it. I was more thinking of it as the opposite of the intended effect, instead of harvesting crops/people (?), it kills them off. I guess is the first thing that would jump to a reader's mind. I could always change it to a different tool, a sickle maybe? Same purpose, not as cliche.
So I could use feedback on these fixes before I implement them:
-Explain that the farmer was psychotic, not just "had mental conditions", and that the injuries were administered intentionally.
-Remove the derpy bit at the end.
-Change to different tool (sickle?) to remove Grim Reaper cliche.
-Remove crosslink. I dunno, it seemed relevant at the time as an example, but it's not really necessary.
Also, what does OTT stand for? If I knew I could possibly fix it. Is it referencing something about the fact that it kills people overeffectively or something?
OTT = Over The Top. An OTT object is one that does what you expect it to do but more. So an OTT weapon is a weapon which is supernaturally killy as opposed to mundanely killy. They (both weapons and OTT objects in general) are generally not viewed very favourably on this site.
I think that all of the changes mentioned above would be improvements on this concept, certainly.
Sickle is still associated in most people's minds with a scythe - at least it is in mine. This might seem like a bit of a stretch, but if you want to keep the idea of crops, could you maybe use a harvester? Just a thought.
I agree with Rioghail that a blade which produces cuts that don't heal is the start of a good idea, but it needs something more. Otherwise it's just a blade that cuts extra good.
I was planning on having it be Euclid and making anyone holding it gradually want to "use" it, escalating from cutting crops to cutting humans in the span of a few hours under its influence, but I was pretty sure that would fall under things what make people who use/see them go crazy.
So would giving it that additional effect help or harm? IMO that seems cliched more than it is now, but if that secondary effect would actually help out I could add it in.
Also open to suggestions about what the secondary effect could be, because I agree that it's a bit boring at this point.
In my opinion that additional effect could be done, but carefully. Avoid having the person go completely nuts.
Random idea for additional effect, since it is "harvesting" people, could it be collecting their personalities within itself/its user?
Hmm, I dunno. How would the Foundation detect that? I think that might be going too far into weirdo-town for this, but I could throw in something about ones displaying later-stage effects of the sickle to also exhibit signs of previous victims' personalities.
I'll get working on this again tomorrow, I'm tuckered out after being at a gathering all day.
I agree that this is the start of a good idea. To expand it, maybe the anomalous effect needs an interesting original purpose? For example, perhaps the sickle (or blade, if you change it to that) was used to empty victims of blood during some weird religious ritual. Or maybe a shamanistic tribe made it for hunting, so that the prey would only need a little cut and would then leave a trail of blood that made tracking easy.
Otherwise, as ink asylum said, it's just a blade that's extra good at killing the enemy. Just a thought.