Scythes for Sale

Scythes and hay forks safely stored on a hay rack during a scythe course.

Scythes and hay forks safely stored on a hay rack during a scythe course.

We have a selection of scythes and related equipment for sale – see below for price list. This is the same as the equipment that we use and we are happy to offer advice on what would be best for your circumstances.

Purchasing a Scythe

If you are interested in buying a scythe, please contact us and arrange to come to the Trust for a discussion and to purchase. When you purchase a scythe at the Trust, we will set the scythe up with you and give you basic tuition.

Equipment is also available for sale at the end of each scythe course. Course participants have the chance to buy a “Ready to Mow” blade at no extra charge, that has been prepared and edge peened by Philip. This service is available outside courses – see below for details.

Mail Order and other Delivery / Collection Options

We do not generally sell scythes mail-order, as we believe that the best way to get the scythe that suits your requirements is through attending a course or a face to face discussion. However, we understand that this is not always possible – please contact us if you would like to order a scythe mail-order and we can discuss your requirements.

It is now possible to purchase a scythe kit through The Eco Shop in Cardigan.

Items can also be ordered via email / phone and then collected from the Country Market in Newcastle Emlyn (every Friday, 9.30am-12.30pm). I occasionally travel to Cardigan and Carmarthen and can arrange to meet and deliver items.

Price List

Scythe Kits

To make purchasing easier, we offer several different scythe “kits”. The kits contain all the equipment needed to get you started and are cheaper then buying the parts separately. For more details about blades and the other items that make up the kits, see further down the page

Clockwise from left - stone holder, extra fine sharpening stone, medium sharpening stone, peening jig, scythe notes, wedge, garryflex block and hex allan key

Clockwise from left – stone holder, extra fine sharpening stone, medium sharpening stone, peening jig, scythe notes, wedge, garryflex block and hex allan key

One Blade Kit
Includes:

  • One scythe blade –
    either a Profisense 65cm or 75cm, if you are intending to mostly mow meadows and lawns;
    or a Styria 55cm or 65cm, if you will be mowing tougher vegetation and over rough ground.
  • Adjustable curved wooden snath, inc movable hand grips,
    clamp and wedges for fixing the blade.
  • Natural Stone: Rozsutec (extra fine)
    for use in the field
  • Galvanised Metal Stone Sheath
  • Peening Jig
  • Artificial Stone: Silicar (medium)
    for use after peening with the jig
  • Garryflex block
    for cleaning the blade prior to peening
  • Copy of Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe

£145 (add £5 for an extra long snath)

Two blade kit
A two blade kit gives you greater flexibilty, with each blade being suited to different mowing conditions.

Includes:

  • Two scythe blades
    – a Profisense 65cm or 75cm for meadows and lawns and a sturdier Styria 55cm or 65cm for mowing tougher weeds and over rough ground
  • Adjustable curved wooden snath, inc movable hand grips,
    clamp and wedges for fixing the blade.
  • Natural Stone: Rozsutec (extra fine)
    for use in the field
  • Galvanised Metal Stone Sheath
  • Peening Jig
  • Artificial Stone: Silicar (medium)
    for use after peening with the jig
  • Garryflex block
    for cleaning the blade prior to peening
  • Copy of Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe

Price – £180

An example Trimming Scythe set-up

An example Trimming Scythe set-up

Trimming scythe
Suitable for mowing narrower paths and detailed work around trees and plants
Includes:

  • One short scythe blade (40-65cm)
    choice of blade will depend on what you intend to cut with the scythe
  • Extra short adjustable curved wooden snath, inc movable hand grips,
    clamp and wedges for fixing the blade.
  • One extra long right hand grip
  • Natural Stone: Rozsutec (extra fine)
    for use in the field
  • Galvanised Metal Stone Sheath
  • Peening Jig
  • Artificial Stone: Silicar (medium)
    for use after peening with the jig
  • Garryflex block
    for cleaning the blade prior to peening
  • Copy of Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe

Price – £145

“Ready to Mow” scythe blades

For an extra £10, all scythe blade can be supplied prepared and edge peened , making them ready to mow straight from the box. Blades other then the Styria 65 and Profisense 75 are prepared to order and may take longer to dispatch, depending on demand at the time. The chance to buy a “Ready to Mow”
Styria 65cm or Profisense 75cm is offered to all course participants at no extra charge.

Individual Items

Snaths
Adjustable curved wooden snath, inc movable hand grips,
clamp and wedges for fixing the blade. The position of the grips are easily adjusted to suit the preference of the mower and the mowing style being used in different conditions.
Please tell us your height so we can provide the correct size

  • Child / small or medium adult size – £54
  • Extra long adult size – £60

Blades

  • Trimming blade Styria: 55cm – £38 65cm – £40
    A tougher blade that is suitable for mowing rougher grass and weeds and over rough ground where there may be stones etc that would damage a finer blade. Choice of length depends on the size of area you want to mow and the number of obstacles to mow around.
  • Grass blade Profisense: 65cm – £40 75cm – £42 85cm – £44
    A fine blade for mowing meadows, soft weeds and lawns. A longer blade will allow you to move forward further with each stroke of the scythe. This however will 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 lighter meadow grasses and lawns a longer blade is preferable, but a shorter blade may be preferred in heavier grasses
  • Short blade Luxor: 40cm – £34 50cm – £36
    Suitable as a child’s first blade, or with a Trimming Scythe set up, for close work around trees and plants such as in an orchard or mowing narrow paths.

“Ready to Mow” scythe blades For an extra £10, all scythe blade can be supplied prepared and edge peened , making them ready to mow straight from the box. Blades other then the Styria 65 and Profisense 75 are prepared to order and may take longer to dispatch, depending on demand at the time. The chance to buy a “Ready to Mow”
Styria 65cm or Profisense 75cm is offered to all course participants at no extra charge.

Peening and Sharpening
A sharpening stone is used to sharpen the blade edge when in the field, as frequently as every 5 minutes, to keep the blade sharp and cutting well.

After repeated sharpening with a stone, the blade edge gradually becomes worn back into the thicker metal of the body of the blade, the profile of the edge is altered and it becomes less efficient at cutting. The mower finds he is having to sharpen more frequently, the blade is not holding it’s edge so well and mowing is becoming harder work. It’s time to peen the blade!

Peening is the art of cold hammering the edge of the blade to draw it out and restore the ideal cutting profile. It can also be used to repair damage to the blade edge.

The frequncy in which a blade needs to be peened depends on the blade and the work it is being asked to do. Mowing lawns and meadows require a fine, ultra- sharp edge and so more frequent peening of the blade is necessary (something like after every 4 hours of mowing.) Less frequent peening is required when mowing rougher grass and weeds,as a very fine edge is not required to mow efficiently in these circumstances, and a fine edge would be more vulnerable to damage.

  • Peening Jig – £29
    A Peening Jig

    A Peening Jig

    The simplest peening option, the jig requires less skill to use then an anvil.

  • Peening Anvil – £18
    The anvil requires more practice to master then the jig, but achieves a better result. It can be used in combination with the jig, using the jig to complete the first couple of lines of peening, then finishing the edge freehand with an anvil.
  • Deluxe Bar Peen Anvil – £58
    A high quality anvil that will give a excellent finish
  • Garryflex rubberized sanding block 60 or 120 grit – £6
    For cleaning of blade, hammer and anvils in preperation for peening
  • Magnifying lens x10 – £3
  • Flat file – £3
    for repairing damage to the blade edge in combination with peening

Stones

An extra fine sharpening stone and a stone sheath

Rozsutec extra fine sharpening stone and a Stone Sheath

Silicar Medium Stone

Silicar Medium Stone

  • Natural Stone: Bregenzer (fine) – £6
  • Natural Stone: Rozsutec (extra fine)-£6
  • Artificial Stone: Silicar (medium) – £10
    Generally considered too course for regular in-field use, but useful for sharpening the edge after using a peening jig and helping repair small areas of damage in the blade edge
  • Stone sheath – £4
    All the stones are used wet. The stone sheath allows you to keep the stone wet when in the field

Books

Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe

Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe

  • Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe – £2
  • Managing Grass with a Scythe by Simon Fairlie – £3
  • The Scythe Book by David Tresemer, including additions by Peter Vido – £13

Postage
Kits

  • One Blade Scythe Kit / Trimming Scythe – £15
  • Two Blade Scythe Kit – £20

Indivdual Items
Postage will be calculated according to the weight of the parcel.

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