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Maria Oregon
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I'm a wife to a 6'2" left handed Permaculture chap with acres of raw land and hay fields soon to turn into a permaculture haven. First tool he'd like is a scythe. I'm making a bday present happen! I know there are a lot of scythe posts but please help a mama with a newborn just pick a good quality well made last a lifetime scythe outfit for him.

I've done some homework and I believe I've got it down to a couple sources, but I'm open to any and all advice you give me.

Scythe Works
One Scythe Revolution

Yay? Nay? One better than the other?
Scythe Supply is another company I'm entertaining and the pricepoint is attractive for the whole outfit, but I see a lot of accounts that the snath handles have issues.

This would be for grass but also for some light brush and general terrain (I'm thinking a middle of the road "ditch" type blade is what we're after. I'm into multipurpose). Speaking of, I'm also a leftie and about 5'7". Is it unreasonable to think I could use his too?

So yes. In summary:
1. Company choosing advice
2. Type and size of blade
3. Any other pearls of wisdom for scythe noobs.

Appreciate it!
Maria
 
David Livingston
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I would see if any do gift tokens as scythes are really individual and in a way need to be fitted plus hiding one in the house might be difficult

David
 
John Todd
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I got mine at Scythe Supply.  Never an issue, and always friendly customer support.  I bought one of the outfits.

A ditch blade sounds right for what you are saying, but keep in mind, nothing ever works in real life as good as it does in our heads.  That's why I started with a ditch blade 3 years ago, but this year I added a bush blade for the heavier stuff.  The lighter stuff was heavier than I thought.

And yes, they absolutely must be made to his measurements.

Hope this helps!
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Benjamin Bouchard
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If specifically looking at a European style one then I'd definitely go with One Scythe Revolution. Botan (the owner) is quite a tall fellow and will be happy to help you pick everything you'd need.
 
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Psst!  Benjamin is the guy to listen to.
 
Maria Oregon
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Thank you all! Your guidance and time are much appreciated!

I'm going to have the husband contact Botan and get set up! I guess it makes sense to get the whetstone, holders, peening tools, etc etc from the same place you get the snath and blades, eh?

I'm so excited! It's like picking out a wizard wand! I'm also excited for the floodgates to open for collecting our tools and gear for the new land. Thanks folks! Looking forward to cruising permies forums nonstop.
 
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Maria Oregon wrote:Thank you all! Your guidance and time are much appreciated!

I'm going to have the husband contact Botan and get set up! I guess it makes sense to get the whetstone, holders, peening tools, etc etc from the same place you get the snath and blades, eh?

I'm so excited! It's like picking out a wizard wand! I'm also excited for the floodgates to open for collecting our tools and gear for the new land. Thanks folks! Looking forward to cruising permies forums nonstop.


It pretty much IS a wizard wand. Tell Botan I sent ya'!
 
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I would go with Scythe Supply.

If everyone knew the owners story, what she had to endure, and how she defied all the odds and allowed her company to rise from the ashes after her husband's passing, they would buy from her. It is not just a heart wrenching story; it is a story of defy all odds, come from behind, gender equality, and Maine small business success story.

I have had the pleasure of being at a local fair (The Common Ground Country Fair in Maine) and she has qualified people showing her tools, telling how to use them, making sure each person knows just what to get, and letting them try them out. Her heart IS scythes and the people that will be using them. How can you put a price on that?

The thing is, the lady is so humble she would never say all this because she would not want people to buy off her because of her companies back story, but for the kind hearted people that Permie people are, that is the very reason they would. They can identify with her; in grief, in struggle, in gender equality, and even being a small business.
 
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