The scythe is the ecological alternative to the lawn mower, whipper snipper and brush cutter.
We import hand-forged scythe blades, direct from the Schroeckenfux factory in Austria, where they have been made since 1540. We also import the snaths (handles) and sharpening tools that you will require to keep your blade razor sharp. And to add to the collection, we now have a scythe sickle.
An Austrian scythe consists of a blade, a snath with two grips, and a blade attachment ring.
There are different lengths of blades for different purposes. We sell 6 different blade lengths: the "vegie garden " blade (40 cm), the bush blade (50 cm), the trimming blade (55 cm), the all purpose blade (65 cm), the field blade (75 cm), and the long field blade (90 cm). We also have a very heavy duty blade, our blackberry blade. See Blades.
We also sell 2 different snath lengths - to suit mowers up to about 182 cm tall (150 cm snath), and mowers taller than about 182 cm (160 cm snath. Both snaths can be height adjusted within this range. See Snaths.
Austrian scythes are sharpened in two stages. Firstly the razor sharp edge is achieved through peening, which is a form of cold forging. Then, in the field, the edge of the blade is kept sharp by honing with a whetstone. We sell both peening jigs and whetstones. See Sharpening Tools.
For those embarking on their first Austrian scythe journey, we have put together a scythe starter kit, which provides you with everything you need to get started with scything, i.e. a scythe, a peening jig, a whetstone and a stone sheath. When purchasing the kit, you are saving about 10% compared to purchasing the items separately. See Scythe Outfits.
We also import and sell crock pots. What is the connection - scythes and crock pots? Both are tools that require no fossil fuel and which will be very useful for those who want timeless high quality tools for now and the very uncertain future. For information on fermenting food, see Fermenting Food and Crock Pots. To purchase a crock pot, see Fermenting Crock Pots and Accessories.
Sustainable Living Workshop October 2015
The next Sustainable Living Weekend of Workshops is 2nd to 4th October, 2015. It is the October long weekend and the beginning of Daylight Saving for the season.
Sustainable Living Workshop April 2016
For those of you who would have loved to have come to the October 2015 Sustainable Living Workshop, but can't make it, our next workshop is 8th to 10th April, 2016.
New shipment on its way!
The ETA in Port Botany, Sydney of our next shipment from Europe is 20th September, 2015. This shipment contains crockpots (5L, 10L, 20L), lard pots (1.75L, 3L), rumtopfs in slate green, extra small snaths (130 cm) and extra long snaths (170 cm) and our most popular scythe blades. If you are interested in tracking the ship's progress, go to the link ANL Windarra.