One Blade Scythe Set – Grass, Weeds and Rougher Mowing ANVIL OPTION
This kit contains a Styria Ditch blade, Britain’s most popular scythe blade, or a Falci 187 Ditch blade.
Tougher then the Profisense blade, these blades can happily cut young brambles, bracken, nettles and soft weeds, but can still be peened and sharpened such that it can be used to mow grass paths, small lawns and in orchards. Their curved shape works well in confined areas and around obstacles.
The 65cm is generally recommended as it gives you more “bite forward”, allowing you to mow more with each stroke. The 55cm length is useful in more confined circumstances eg paths less than 3-4ft in width or in areas with a lot of obstacles to mow around.
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Which blade length do I need?
This kit comes with either a 65cm or 55cm blade. The 65cm is generally recommended. The 55cm length is useful in more confined circumstances eg paths less than 3-4ft in width or areas with a lot of obstacles.
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.
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 Peening Anvil do I need?
We offer a choice of two anvils with our sets.
Picard Peening Anvil
Fux Deluxe Bar Peening Anvil
It has a flatter profile to the top and is arguably easier to master.
It come with full instructions for use, plus a supporting table and guide plate. Whilst the anvil can be used without these, people new to freehand peening may find them helpful in learning how to position the blade correctly on the anvil
Preparing your new blade for mowing
All new blades should have the lacquer cleaned off the cutting edge to prevent it clogging the sharpening stone. See this post for further details.
Can I exchange the plastic stone holder for a metal one?
Most scythe sets come with a yellow plastic stone holder as standard. Add this product to your basket if you would like to exchange the standard yellow plastic stone holder for a galvanized metal one.
Please note that the galvanized metal holders are slightly smaller then the plastic ones and some sharpening stones will “stick” slightly when you are pulling them out for use.
This is particularly the case with the La Saurat stone, until the stone has worn in a bit with use.