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I'm interested in purchasing a sythe. It seems like the best way to take down cover crops.
Does anyone have any advice to offer for a first-time sythe owner?
Is there a particular vendor that you would recommend?
 
Ken Miller
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Location: Vashon, WA
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Here are a couple of places recommended to me from others.

http://www.themaruggcompany.com/

http://www.scythesupply.com/outfits.htm

What I was told, recommended, was to purchase the Europen style. It has a straight handle and easier to operate.
 
            
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I bought the hickory snath with the grass blade that is a part of the outfit. It is a nice snath and would recommend it. Very easy to use takes some practice to become efficient though.
 
Fred Morgan
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I bought a few from sytheconnection - they were good people.
 
Paul Cereghino
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Scythes are all about sharpness, both peening and sharpening on occasion, and field sharpening frequently. I would recommend buying a stone, and the peening jig, unless you already have a plan for maintaining your scythe. I would recommend stretching and core strengthening--while you become more efficient over time, it can be bad on your back as you get into it. It is an extraordinary tool.
 
Austin Max
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Definitely check out

www.onescytherevolution.com, small farm in wisconsin super dedicated to scythes.

www.scytheworks.com in canada

Both of these farms are extremely dedicated to scythes, and have a huge wealth of information on choosing and using different blades.

Good luck swingin that steel!
 
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