Do you have any experience with custom made scythes? They are over $100, but are made to each customer's body measurements. I believe there is a craftsman in Maine and also Tennesse. I wonder how they would compare - ease of use and durability to the ones from Lee Valley.
After 3 years of thinking about it I am going to buy one this winter. If I can use it to mow my lawn, I will, but it will be mostly for the fields that have been growing wild where I want to improve the soil and plant pasture.