I know there are other companies offering similar equipment for those who are looking for generational tools. This is geared at my experience with this company.
Ordering: they have a strong online system to fit you with an outfit. There are good directions to obtain the critical measurements. There are plenty of tutorials and blurbs on the different offerings to help a novice decide on a piece of kit.
Shipping: on-time once shipped, they admitted on their site summer is busy and (presumably) they have other stuff they are doing just like the rest of us. It took three weeks to get the package- again, this was my own fault for waiting. Packaging was efficient. It said it would come with instructions, but there weren't any. Not a big deal as long as you have internet (it's all online), and its a small issue.
- blades. I got a couple of new blades. Both came pre-peened. I did not use the optional sharpening service (I think it was $7) because I am cheap and want to learn on a well peened blade, so I can tell whether my peening is the issue or the sharpening. The blades, however, come with a coat of paint on them, for "protection", and it must be stripped off prior to sharpening. I wish I had understood more about that. It was a long process to remove it, and I am concerned I may have affected the peened surface in removing it. However, the blades are IMMEDIATELY and obviously better than my starter set. I would recommend a shorter blade than I started with (one of the reasons I bought a cheap starter kit, to learn this stuff), and the blurbs help out in that regard. Overall I am excited about the blades. I got a bush blade to see if I can retire my strimmer and a grass blade for larger mowing. Blades are generally $70.
-snath. The snath is very well-sanded and super light. The handles were easy to fit, and well-cut. My only gripe is that only the very bottom of the snath appears to be treated with linseed, and I will need to retreat it. I would have expected it treated much further up. I'm working in some deep grass sometimes so it may not be a common issue.
Overall, everything went pretty well. I would highly recommend them as an initial source for a novice, I could have saved the cost of a starter set.
Standing on the shoulders of giants. Giants with dirt under their nails
I purchased my Scythe last Year to keep the fruittrees and the fence line clean. I was using a gas weed-eater before my purchase. Now, I actually enjoy cutting the weeds and it has done wonders for the trees and bushes in the area. I just let the grass and weeds grow and cut it twice between Spring and Fall. Doing this acts
like, chop and drop and does wonders for water retention and soil improvement.
The blade I have is a middle of the road. I think 21" It is super light and cuts well. The best time to scythe is actually when it's drizzling or right after a rain.
I purchased a stone and a peening jig. Know that there is a learning curve to peening...do yourself a favor and set up your peening surface to be level with the top of your legs when you sit. Otherwise, it's hard
to get an even peen.
The snath size, stick that the blade goes on, is based on your cubit and the dimension from heel to hip. All of the information necessary is provided on the website. Try not to lose the wrench that tightens the blade to the snath because you have to purchase the entire kit if you need to replace just the wrench.
"An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I recently purchased a snath from Scythe Supply, then a sharpening stone and holder this week. Both times they called me to make sure everything was correct before shipping. That is exceptional customer service. I already have a couple blades, but will soon need and better hay blade. I will be getting it from Scythe Supply. Great folks.
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