Minimum Scythe Set (for gardens and small plots)

£136.00£149.00

A basic scythe set for scything lawns, gardens, allotments and small meadows.

A Minimum Scythe Set (without peening equipment) may be what you need if:

  • the area you are mowing is small, so your blade will need infrequent peening
  • you want to have a go before you invest in all the maintenance tools
  • you already have peening equipment
  • or you plan to use a blade peening service.
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Description

Minimum Scythe Sets contain the basic necessities needed to get you mowing.

A snath, a blade, a sharpening stone and a stone holder.

We recommend the majority of people buy a standard scythe set with peening equipment included.

However, if you are only mowing a small area like a garden, your blade will not need peening very often. It can be harder to learn to peen well when you only get to practice once a year (or less)!

Instead of investing in your own peening equipment you can:


If you are not sure if this set will suit your garden, get in touch for advice.


FAQs

Falci 128 60cm

The Falci 128 blade is a good choice if most of your scything is fine grasses and weeds. The light blade needs less frequent peening to keep a good grass cutting edge.

Like any blade it needs frequent honing to keep a keen edge, but when used to manage a small area may only need peening once a year (or less).

The curved shape works well in confined areas and around obstacles, eg trimming around the garden or allotment, mowing in orchards or along trackways.

It’s deep belly makes it forgiving of uneven ground and easy for the beginner to set up and mow. When used on the lawn the deep belly gives a slightly longer cut, which can be desirable as it leaves the lawn greener then with a very close cut.

It is a lighter blade then the Rasierschnitt or the Profisense, so it is less suitable for tougher weeds or areas where you might accidently hit hard objects eg concrete path edging.

The 60cm length is of a length to mow open areas in a reasonable time, but is still nimble enough for a range of garden tasks.

Rasierschnitt 60cmRasierschnitt 60cm scythe blade

The Rasierschnitt is a good all rounder. As a slightly heavier blade, it is a better choice then the Falci for stony or rougher meadow areas, though it will need slightly more frequent peening.

It can mow all kinds of grass, and is a good choice for mowing clumping or overstood grasses.

The blade has a long taper to it’s tip and no stone point. This makes it easier to carry out selective mowing eg “weeding” around plants in a forest garden. The less hooked tip and it’s long taper allows the blade to penetrate clumping plants well, making it the best blade for mowing soft rush.

If used with care this blade is capable of mowing young brambles. If you have large areas to tackle, or the brambles are more mature, a two blade set or one of these tougher blades might suit you better.

The 60cm blade is nimble enough for most garden jobs but long enough to mow open areas in a reasonable time.

Profisense 65cm

The Profisense 65cm is a good choice if most of your mowing is larger areas of grass, soft weeds and lawns with infrequent obstacles to mow around.

The 65cm length will cut more per stroke, so enabling you to work faster.

Ideally paths, lawns etc should be greater than 4ft in width. If you have the odd area that is narrower, you can adapt your technique to manage.

This blade sets up and mows easily so is ideal for learning to scythe.

  • One Scythe Blade
  • An adjustable wooden snath (inc movable hand grips, clamp and wedge)
  • A whetstone holder (for carrying the sharpening stone whilst out scything)
  • A natural Sharpening Stone (for regular sharpening of blade when scything)
  • A Quick Set up Guide.

Snaths are available in four lengths. The length needed depends on your height

Your Height———Snath Number

Less then 5ft ———-Size 1 (small)
5ft – 5ft 10————-Size 2 (medium)
5ft 8 – 6ft 4————Size 3 (long)
6ft 2 and taller——–Size 4 (extra-long)

Each size of snath has adjustable handle positions so it can be fine tuned to suit your height and mowing style.

If you are at the edge of the height range you 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.

 

We are often asked if two people can share a snath.

  • If your heights fit onto one size, it is relatively easy, though you may have to move grips between users.
  • If the difference in your heights is large you are likely to need different snath lengths and it will be hard to share.

If you really only want to buy one snath but don’t fit on the same size:

  • Buy the snath length for the person who will use the scythe most frequently.
  • Or buy the correct length for the taller person, if the shorter person is not far off fitting on the bottom of that size.

La Saurat

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 is fine enough that it does not wear away the peened edge too quickly.

Rozutec

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.

Each set comes with a printed copy of our Quick Set Up Guide.

Additional instructional books you can add to your set:

Learn to Scythe by Steve Tomlin

We highly recommend adding this comprehensive instruction book to your scythe set. It is clear, informative and easy to read. It’s the next best thing to going on a scythe course! 

£10.50Add to basket

Managing Grass with a Scythe by Simon Fairlie.

Newly revised and extended edition, this excellent book contains guidance on how to manage grassland with a scythe, everything from hay making to mowing the lawn.

£8.00Add to basket

All new blades should have the lacquer cleaned off the cutting edge to prevent it clogging the sharpening stone. See this guide for further details.

With basic preparation as outlined in the FAQ “How do I prepare my new blade?”, you can mow with your blade from the box.

Peening is part of the subsequent maintenance of the blade.

Benefits of peening include:

  • work hardening of the edge, which allows it to hold a longer lasting sharp edge
  • the drawing out of new metal to replace that worn away by work and sharpening. This prolongs the life of the blade.
  • the ease and effectiveness of mowing with a really sharp blade (particularly when mowing soft weeds and grass).

See this guide for more information on peening.