Minimum Scythe Set
While we would recommend the majority of people to buy a standard scythe set with peening equipment included, there are a limited number of occasion when a more basic set may be adequate. For example:
- When you are buying a second scythe and already have peening equipment
- When you are starting out and are planning to use our blade peening service to begin with or intend to buy your own peening equipment at a later date
- When you are only intending to use the scythe for very rough weeds / brambles, where it is possible to get away without peening your blade. This is really only possible with the Styria blades and you will get a better performance even in these circumstances if you learn to peen!
Full contents of the kit can be seen at the bottom of the page.
Which blade do I need?
The Styria blade is more robust and better suited to rougher mowing. It is possible to get away with out peening this blade if you use a file to periodically re-shape the edge of the blade, performance will be better with peening. This blade will also cut grass, for best results this requires peening.
The Profisense blade is ideal for grass, lawns, meadows and some fleshy weeds. This blade needs peening to perform well.
The Falci 128 blade is useful for trimming work, cutting soft weeds and grass. It’s lighter weight, which makes it enjoyable to use, makes it less suitable for rougher weeds. It could be a good compromise if you want just one blade to do light trimming and field work. Ideally, this blade needs peening to perform well.
The Falci 106 blade is a long, light weight blade, ideal for lawns and traditional hay meadows. This blade needs peening to perform well.
More information about each blade can be found under their individual scythe blade listings.Fux Scythe Blades (Styria and Profisense) Falci Scythe Blades (Falci 128 and Falci 106)
Ready to Mow Scythe Blades
A “Ready to Mow” option is offered on this kit, although it is not necessary if the blade is only intended for use on rough weeds such as brambles and bracken.
All new blades should have the lacquer cleaned off the cutting edge to prevent it clogging the sharpening stone. For best performance when mowing grass and fleshy weeds, most blades will also benefit from being edge peened before first use.
For an extra £10, all scythe blades can be supplied prepared and edge peened. Blades are prepared to order and may take longer to dispatch at times of high demand. As with all blades, Ready to Mow blades will need honing with a stone before first use and frequently there after.
The chance to buy a “Ready to Mow” Styria 65cm or Profisense 75cm is offered to all course participants at the end of a scythe course at no extra charge.
Add a file and Carborundum sharpening stone to your kit for only £6 (usual price £10) to aid with reshaping of the blade edge in place of peening
Which snath length do I need?
Snaths are available in four lengths. The length needed depends on your height.Your Height———-Snath Number
Less then 5ft ———Size 1 5ft – 5ft 10————-Size 2 (150cm) 5ft 8 – 6ft 4————Size 3 (160cm) 6ft 4 and taller——–Size 4
Once the correct length has been chosen, the scythe can be fine tuned using the adjustable handle positions on the snath such that the set up suits your height and mowing style.Note: People who are at the edge of the height range may not be sure which snath length to choose.
If your legs are long in proportion to your body length you should choose the longer snath. If they are short in proportion to your body length choose the shorter snath. This should give you the most useful range of adjustment of the handle positions.
Which Sharpening stone do I need?
As standard, we recommend a La Saurat sharpening stone as we find this stone offers a good compromise – it is easy for a beginner to use, yet fine enough that it does not wear away the peened edge too quickly.
As you gain experience with sharpening the finer Rozutec stone will enable you to achieve a good sharp edge whilst removing even less metal, increasing the length of time a peened edge will last.
If you will only be using the scythe for rough mowing a coarser La Bergamasca stone may be most suitable
1 (small), 2 (medium), 3 (long), 4 (extra-long) (+£6)
Styria Ditch Blade 55cm, Styria Ditch Blade 65cm, Profisense Meadow Blade 50cm, Profisense Meadow Blade 65cm, Profisense Meadow Blade 75cm (+£2), Falci 128 Trimming Blade 50cm, Falci 128 Trimming Blade 60cm, Falci 128 Trimming Blade 70cm, Luxor Grass Blade 75cm
Standard, Ready to Mow (+£10)
La Saurat, Rozutec
None, File and Carborundum Stone (+£6), Learn to Scythe by Steve Tomlin (+£7), Learn to Scythe, File and Carborundum Stone (+£13)