One Blade Scythe Set – Lawns and Meadows ANVIL OPTION
This is the kit you need if you will be mainly mowing large areas of soft green vegetation, such as hay meadows, lawns or large grassed orchards.
It comes with a Profisense blade
A fine blade for mowing meadows, soft weeds and lawns. This blade sets up and mows easily so is ideal for learning to scythe. It comes in two lengths (65cm and 75cm).
A longer blade will allow you to move forward further with each stroke of the scythe and so mow a given area more quickly. This does result in the mower having to move the weight of more grass across the stroke. So a compromise has to be made between speed of mowing and the weight the mower is able/willing to move.
In light to medium meadow grasses and lawns a longer blade is best, but a shorter blade may be preferred in heavier grasses or in confined areas eg small lawns, paths, “garden meadows”.
Alternatively, you can choose the Falci 100 meadow blade.
The Falci 100 is easy to use and set up. It is slightly lighter then the Profisense, so less suited for rougher meadows (eg loose stones on the surface, occasional coarser vegetation such as bramble, bracken etc.) but needs less peening to maintain a fine cutting edge. The shorter lengths are ideal for “garden meadows”.
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Which blade length do I need?
This kit comes with either a 60cm, 65cm or 75cm blade. Most people can mow well with the 75cm blade, given an open situation with at least 6ft of width to mow in. In more confined areas, a 60cm or 65cm blade is more appropriate.
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.
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 is 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.
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.