This package consists of all that a beginner will need to start serious scything. It comprises a 75cm Austrian blade (the right size for meadows) and adjustable ash snath (handle) from Switzerland, medium fine and coarse whetstones with sheath, rat tail file, peening (sharpening) jig, and illustrated guide. We also recommend that beginners go on a practical course.
Fine scythe-blades have been made in Austria since the Ottomans estalbished a metallurgy industry there - the factory these come from is over 500 years old - and are now arguably the best in the world. They are wafer thin, lightweight, and hand-forged to an elegant curve in all three dimensions which assists the cutting angle of the blade, prevents it digging into the ground, and makes it easier to sharpen at the correct angle.
They are primarily designed for cutting grass - which is much the most arduous vegetation to cut - but they will also cut other plants such as docks, bracken, thistles, young fleshy brambles etc.
Do try scything rather than strimming weeds or mechanically mowing meadows. It is a nearly forgotten rural skill that has a lot going for it; it is much less destructive to wildlife, and it is an art that appeals to the aesthete as much as to the traditionalist. If you have a small area of meadow it is also much more cost effective than a mechanical solution. Richard Brown of Emorsgate Seeds makes it look easy in this demonstration video.
Please let us know your height in the "Special Instructions" box you can fill in later in the order process, so we can supply you with the right sized snath.
Supplier: The Scythe Shop
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