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 March 2015
The next Scything Plus Festival of Workshops is 27th to 29th March 2015
Crockpots 5 L - New Shipment mid to late January 2015
We are now out of stock of our 5 L crockpots, but our Polish suppliers are beavering away making a new shipment for us. All going well, they should be ready to leave Poland early December, but then they have a 6 to 8 week sea voyage to Australia. With this new shipment, we are getting equal numbers of brown and olive pots. We tried to get the "oatmeal" ones, but a week ago, Zaklady Ceramiczne contacted us and said they were having problems with the glaze so wouldn't supply these pots until the problems were ironed out. It is really nice dealing with suppliers who value quality and integrity above profit. If you wish to buy a 5 L pot on backorder, you are welcome to do so, but unfortunately, it won't be there for Christmas.
Snaths in 4 different sizes
We now have 4 different sizes of snaths available. We have had special requests from people outside the normal height range who want a scythe more suited to their height. Also some of our very experienced scythers now have children who are very keen so they'll be able to have their own scythe now instead of struggling with one that is much too long for them.