Two Blade Scythe Set – Smallholdings, Nature Reserves, Extensive Gardens

£236.00£289.00

This set is ideal if you are planning to do a mix of mowing

A two blade set gives you greater flexibility, with each blade being suited to different mowing conditions.

Scroll down for help deciding which options to select.

Description

A two blade set gives you greater flexibility.

One blade can be kept well peened for the grass mowing and the other maintained with a stronger edge for the rougher stuff like weeds, brambles and bracken.

This set combines a Meadow Blade with an Ditch OR a Bush blade

The Meadow blade is kept in good condition for mowing grass, lawns and meadows.

The Ditch blade will manage rough work like young brambles and bracken, but can also be used for trimming narrow areas, paths, rough grass or round trees.

The stronger Bush blade is a better pair if the majority of your none-grass mowing is really rough or overgrown (eg brambles, bracken, saplings).


Can’t Decide on a pairing?

A Profisense 75cm blade and a Styria 65cm or Falci 187 55cm blade is a good starting place for a lot of people.


FAQs

Most people can mow well with the 75cm Profisense blade, given an open situation with at least 6ft of width to mow in.

In more confined areas, or to mow heavier and tangled grass, a 65cm Profisense blade is more appropriate.

Ditch blades

The ditch-type blade will manage rough work like young brambles and bracken, but can also be used for trimming narrow areas, paths, rough grass or round trees.

 

Styria 65cm or 55cm

The Styria blade is a versatile ditch blade.

Whilst capable of mowing grass in it’s own right, when paired with a grass blade it is useful for managing larger areas of weed control eg bracken, dock, rush, young brambles.

The 65cm Styria will cover more area in a given time. The 55cm Styria is useful in more confined circumstances eg paths less than 3-4ft in width, areas with a lot of obstacles.

 

Falci 187 55cm

Falci 187 55cm

The 55cm Falci 187 is useful in more confined circumstances eg paths less than 3-4ft in width, areas with a lot of obstacles.

It is a good choice if you want a shorter blade to cover a mix of grassy trimming work and some rougher mowing (eg docks, young bracken, the odd young bramble (>1 year old))

The nature of the Falci blade tensioning means it needs to be used with care in areas where you might accidently hit hard objects eg concrete path edging.


Bush Blades

Bush blades are tough blades only suitable for rough work like bracken and brambles. With care they can be used on young saplings/suckers and woody plants such as raspberry canes.

 

Falci Bear

Scythe Blade Falci Bear

The Falci Bear is a tough blade that is suitable for mowing tough weeds, bracken, bramble and woody plants such as raspberry canes and young tree suckers.

The Bear is a good choice if you have a lot of bracken to mow or a large area of other weeds to control.

Be aware – this blade is stronger then your snath! Make sure the hafting angle is properly set and the clamp is tight before you start to mow and check it frequently as you work.

 

Fux Bush Blade 40cm

Fux Bush scythe blade 40cm

Similarly to the Bear, the Fux Bush Blade is a pure tough work blade, so a suitable choice if that’s the majority of the work you’ll want out of your second blade.

The Fux Bush blade is a good choice if you have a small area to control or you want to target individual stems. It’s short length means it puts less strain on the snath but care is still needed in use.

Each kit contains

  • Two Scythe Blades
  • 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 Peening Jig (What is Peening?)
  • A Garryflex block (for cleaning the blade prior to peening)
  • An artificial Stone: Carborundum (for use after jig peening)
  • 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.

We offer a choice of two jigs with our sets.

Standard Peening Jig

The standard jig is a cost effective way to begin peening. This jig is the better choice for peening blades used for coarser mowing.

If you end up doing a lot of peening you may, in the future, want to move onto a Fux deluxe jig or freehand peening with an anvil.

Fux Deluxe Peening Jig

Fux Peening JigThe Fux Deluxe Peening Jig is more expensive but is a better quality jig.

It is a good choice if you expect to stick with jig peening over your scything career or you will do a lot of peening (multiple blades, many times a year).

It is best used to achieve a finer, grass-mowing edge. Blades need to be peened regularly for this jig to work most effectively.

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.