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). 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.
Scything Plus Workshop September 2014
The next Scything Plus Festival of Workshops is 26th to 28th September 2014
New Crockpot Supplier
We are running down our current stock of crockpots as we are moving to a new European crockpot manufacturer. Our new stock, which consists of 5L, 10L, 15L and 20L crockpots, is due to arrive in Australia on 9th June. It’ll then take a week or so to clear Customs and Quarantine and be brought up to Mudgee. As soon as possible, these new crockpots will be available for sale.
Sale of Crockpot Seconds
As some of you are so keen to get into fermentation that you don't want to wait until June, we are hunting through our store room to find all crockpots with minor cosmetic flaws that we hadn't been prepared to offer previously. Each individual crock will be displayed on the website with photos of the flaws and the discounted price so you can decide whether it is an acceptable compromise for you. No crockpots with functional flaws will be offered. No returns will be accepted or replacements given on these crockpots.