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I will be taking a break from 10 January to 15 March. The last mail-out I will be doing will be on Wednesday 9 January. For the next two months the following services will be available:
If you want to make a retail purchase please contact Scythe Cymru or Emorsgate Seeds http://wildseed.co.uk/products/category/scythes or you can try any of the distributors listed further down this page.
If you are an organization wanting to buy a large quantity through a purchase order, or if you are a scythe distributor, please contact Chris Riley firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be sent an order confirmation straight away, and a dated invoice if required, but the goods will not be dispatched until the week following 15 March.
For a more detailed explanation of the items for sale listed below see product list
You may find it easier to buy one of the BEGINNER'S SETs which are listed lower down the page here . Still further down the page you can find information about PAYMENT here and POSTAGE here .
VAT All prices include VAT. My VAT number is GB 917 5685 87.
AVAILABILITY All blades and snaths and most other items are currently in stock.
ORDER FORM If you wish to purchase by cheque, please print out an order form: ORDER FORM Though not essential, it will help ensure that you provide all the information, and so avoid delays. If you can't print, please write your order on a sheet of paper, remembering to specify your height if you are ordering a snath. If you wish to pay by bank transfer please email me at email@example.com
NOVICE MOWERS If you are a novice mower, and especially if you are mowing grass, we strongly advise you to include Steve Tomlin's book Learn to Scythe in your order.
Description Length cm Weight gm (approx) Price, inc VAT.
All blades made in Austria by Schröckenfux of Rossleithen.
cm gm £ sterling GRASS BLADES Austrian-style grass blade (Rasierschnitt); for grass and fleshy weeds. 60 425 42 Austrian-style grass blade (Rasierschnitt); for grass and fleshy weeds. 75 45 Oriental-style Blade (Profisense); for fleshy weeds, meadows and lawns 65 435 43 Oriental-style blade (Profisense); for fleshy weeds, meadows and lawns. 75 495 45 Oriental-style blade (Profisense); for fleshy weeds, meadows and lawns. 85 560 48 TOUGH BLADES Ditch blade: Styria —for rough grass and tough weeds. 55 440 41 Ditch blade: Styria — for rough grass and tough weeds. 65 480 43
Bush blade: Fux heavy duty, cuts woody plants, not ideal for grass.
50 540 41 Bush blade: Fux for targeted removal of woody plants, hopeless for grass. 40 460 39 VERY SHORT BLADES Tiny blade : Profisense model — for very confined circumstances, working between valued plants, eg allotment or row crop work. 40 335 38
Small blade : Profisense model —for grass and fleshy weeds in small gardens, paths etc.
50 375 40 EXTRA LONG BLADES
Ambitious Blade: Austrian style grass blade.
95 51 Competition Blade: Austrian style grass blade. 110 840 58 BLADE COVERS cm gm £ Canvas blade cover 55cm to 60cm 55-60 100 13
Canvas blade cover 65cm
65 105 13 Canvas blade cover 75 cm 75 110 13
Adjustable curved wooden snath (movable handgrips); supplied with clamp for fixing blade. See product list for explanation of sizes.
Complete Size 1 for children and people under 5 feet tall (with long and short right hand grips)
130 1150 60 Complete adjustable snath , Size 2 (5ft - 5ft 10 in tall) 150 1300 60 Complete adjustable snath , Size 3 ( 5 ft 8 - 6 ft 4 in tall) 160 1450 60 Complete adjustable snath , Size 4 (Over 6ft 3 tall) 170 1600 64 Left hand grip for adjustable wooden snath 10 Right hand grip for adjustable wooden snath. EXTRA LONG HANDGRIPS NO LONGER AVAILABLE 12 Shaft of adjustable wooden snath; 32 Extra clamp for fixing blade to adjustable wooden snath, with hexagonal Allen Key. 6 10mm spanner for changing handgrip positions (chrome vanadium). 2 PEENING EQUIPMENT cm gm £
Bar Peen Anvil (Picard, German) — for use with ordinary carpenter's hammer.
Peening jig .
Flat Anvil (Picard, German) — for use with cross peen hammer.
510 22 Table Bar Peen Anvil (Schröckenfux, Austria) 940 69 Peening hammer — European style made in Germany by Picard, 500g. 500 24 Magnifying lens x 10 3 ABRASIVES cm gm £ Artificial stone: silicon carbide coarse/ 24 140 3 Artificial stone "Silicar" medium (220 grit) 26 200 11 Natural Stone: Mailander, fine (400? grit) 23/24 310 12 Natural Stone: Le Saurat, fine, soft matrix (French) 10 Natural stone: Rozsutec 23-24 cm, very fine (>600 grit). (Slovak) 23/24 220 12 Set of all five stones (Coarse, Silicar, Mailander, Le Saurat, Rozsutec) 42 BREGENZER STONES ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE Flat chainsaw file, (Oregon, made by Vallorbe, Switzerland) 40 3 Garryflex rubberized sanding block. 120 grit. (UK supplier) 110 6 Garryflex rubberized sanding block. 60 grit. (UK supplier) 110 6 Garryflex rubberized sanding block. 36 grit. (UK supplier) 110 6 STONE SHEATHS gm £ Stone sheath (Czech — Copper) 140 12 Stone sheath (Czech — Galvanized steel) 100 4
Stone sheath (hand made in the UK by Steve Tomlin, from one piece of alder.) NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT
30 Stone sheath (polished cow horn) 170 33 BOOKS Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe — A4 booklet of 24 pages (FREE WITH ALL PURCHASES OF COMPLETE SCYTHES) 2 Learn to Scythe, by Steve Tomlin, 80 pages. 10 Learn to Scythe, by Steve Tomlin — REDUCED IF BOUGHT WITH A BLADE AND SNATH 7 Managing Grass in Britain with the Scythe, by Simon Fairlie, A5, new edition, 60 pages. 6 SPARE PARTS gm £ Extra clamp for fixing blade to adjustable wooden snath, with hexagonal Allen Key. (A clamp is included when you buy a snath.) 35mmx40mm 6
Replacement grub screws for clamps. I will send one free if you send an SAE with large envelope stamps (£1.20 pence). Subsequent grub screws are £5 for 3 including p and p. If your grub screw takes a square Allen key, please let me know.
5 SICKLES AND OTHER TOOLS Sickle 255 20 Sickle — Left Handed 240 26 Magna Grecia mattock (head only) 30 Bush Knife 29
You may find it easier to order one of the following sets.
You will still need to specify: (a) which blade you want and (b) which size snath you need, or alternatively specify the height of the main user. If you are a novice mower, and especially if you are mowing grass, we strongly advise you to add Steve Tomlin's book Learn to Scythe to your order, for an extra £7.
A NOTE ON PEENING If all you need to do is hack down fleshy weeds, then you can get by without peening equipment. If you expect to be mowing substantial areas of grass, you will get better results over time if you peen your blade. However you are strongly advised not to buy one of the sets with peening equipment without first reading the information I provide about them: see the menu at the top of the Product List. If in doubt you can buy a Basic Set and acquire peening equipment later, ideally after some tuition.
BEGINNER'S KIT without peening equipment
The Basic Beginner's Kit ..... £118 plus £20 p&p
One Adjustable wooden snath with clamp One blade (any kind 65 cm or under) One Mailander sharpening stone (fine) • One synthetic sharpening stone (coarse) • One flat file • One copy of Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe
BEGINNER'S SETS with peening equipment (easier to order and a bit cheaper )
The Cautious Beginner's Set — With Peening Jig .....£150 plus £20 p&p
One Adjustable wooden snath with clamp One blade (75cm or under) One peening jig One Mailander sharpening stone (fine) • One synthetic sharpening stone (coarse) • One flat file • One galvanized stone sheath • One copy of Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe
The Confident Beginner's Set — With Freehand Peening Anvil ....£158 plus £20 p&p
One Adjustable wooden snath with clamp One blade (75cm or under) One bar peen anvil (German) One Rozsutec sharpening stone (extra fine) • One Silicar synthetic sharpening stone (medium) • One synthetic sharpening stone ( coarse) • One flat file • One galvanized stone sheath • One rubberized sanding block • One copy of Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe
The Ideal Beginner's Set — With Table Anvil .... £200 plus £20 p&p
The same as the Confident Set, above, except with the superior table anvil instead of the ordinary bar peen anvil, and a copper stone sheath. Please note that the Confident and Ideal Sets do not come with hammers. An ordinary 16 oz carpenter's hammer will do if it the head is very well polished. Estwing hammers are particularly good. Otherwise we supply Picard European style peening hammers. A SECOND BLADE CAN BE CHEAPER
Add £36 for a second blade in a set, maximum length 75cm.
OTHER MAKES OF SCYTHE
If you are looking for an English scythe, I sometimes have secondhand items in stock, or can advise you where to buy a new one. I can put you in touch with a supplier of Scandinavian style blades. I can also direct you to suppliers who sell cheaper scythes with metal snaths, usually made in Eastern Europe, whose quality reflects the price. Do not buy a scythe from Amazon, as these can be dreadful and almost impossible to get sharp.
COME TO OUR STORE
You can save on postage by coming to the store, less than a mile from the A35 on the Dorset/Devon border. My store does not follow regular shop hours. Please phone, or preferably e-mail to make an appointment and avoid disappointment. I don't take cards so you will need either a chequebook, or cash, or the ability to make a bank transfer from a mobile phone.
BUY FROM OTHER LOCAL DISTRIBUTORS
You can also buy a scythe, through the following regional scythe distributors.
Cumbria: Steve Tomlin https://stevetomlincrafts.wordpress.com/scythes/buy-a-scythe-kit/
*Dyfed, Wales: Phil Batten http://scythecymru.co.uk/
Hereford: David Kuegler, david.kuegler(at)btinternet.com
West Sussex: Mark Allery firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Midlands: Jeremy Hastings firstname.lastname@example.org
Wiltshire: Chris Riley chris(at)pratensis.net
Somerset: Andi Rickard andirickard(at)me.com
Cambridge: Jim McVittie dalefield(at)ntlworld.com
*East Anglia: Richard Brown http://wildseed.co.uk/products/category/scythes
Northern Ireland: Neil Foulkes neilfoulkes62(at)gmail.com
Southern Ireland: Matthew Tull fridaymedicine(at)gmail.com
* These distributors also sell by mail order, and take cards.
MAIL ORDER: POSTAGE AND PACKING COSTS
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS SECTION. CUSTOMERS KEEP OVERPAYING
ALL ORDERS WITH SNATHS ARE £20 AND WILL BE NO MORE THAN THAT UNLESS YOU BUY MORE THAN FOUR SNATHS.
ALL ORDERS WITHOUT A SNATH BUT INCLUDING A BLADE AT LEAST 60CM LONG ARE £13, UNLESS THEY WEIGH OVER 5 KILOS.
ALL ORDERS WITHOUT A SNATH WEIGHING OVER 2 KILOS AND UNDER 5 KILOS ARE £13.
Sets and orders with snaths : Postage and packaging for beginner's sets and all other orders that include one or more snaths, up to 25 kilos, is £20. They are sent out by APC 24 hour service.
Blades 60 cm and over: one blade 60cm or over, £13; up to seven scythe blades £13. Sent by Parcel Force 48 hour service.
Postage for small items under 60 cm, sent by Royal Mail: magnifying glass £2; grub screws £2; book £4; sanding block £4; clamp £4; sheath £4; one stone, two or three stones £4; one Picard anvil £4; one hammer £4; one jig £4; one table anvil £4; one blade no longer than 55cm £6; one sickle £6; one hammer £6; one bush knife £6; two blades no longer than 55cm £6. For combinations of small items under 60 centimetres, either add 25 per cent to the cost price and round down to the nearest pound (no pence please), or if that looks excessive phone or email for a precise quote.
Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Wight I charge the same postage rate as for the rest of the UK.
For S Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands please email or phone for details. Ireland is £30 for a scythe set However Matthew Tull and Neil Foulkes distribute scythes in Southern and Northern Ireland respectively, so please contact them first. Matthew Tull is based in Co Waterford and his email is fridaymedicine(at)gmail.com. Neil Foulkes lives near the border: neilfoulkes62(at)gmail.com
INTERNATIONAL DELIVERIES AND SUPPLIERS
I post to international destinations using APC. Please contact me for prices. Prices to Europe are between £60 and £100 for a scythe set. If you prefer, you are welcome to make your own arrangement with a courier to collect from me.
International deliveries are expensive, and often a bit of a hassle, so please try to source locally rather than through me.
If you are in North America, you will probably find what you need at Scythe Works in Canada http://scytheworks.ca/ ; or Scythe Supply at http://www.scythesupply.com/ ; or Botan Andersen at https://www.onescytherevolution.com/
For France go to http://www.comptoirdelafaux.com/topic/index.html
For Australia go to http://www.scythesaustralia.com.au/scythe_contact.php
For Eastern Europe contact Neil Dudman at email@example.com
For Austria/ Germany contact https://www.sensenverein.at/
For India and nearby http://vikalp.tech/the-scythe/
And for a german dealer with a huge range of blades (including vintage) and other items https://www.sensenwerkstatt.de/5.html
The late Peter Vido provides a scythe buyers' guide at http://www.scytheconnection.com/adp/retail/guide.html .
PARCEL FORCE AND PRIVATIZATION
For nine years from 2004 until June 2013 I sent out all my parcels through the local post office, via Royal Mail and Parcel Force. The service was affordable, efficient and universal. Over the entire 9 years not a single parcel out of about 6000 went missing.
This service went into meltdown about a year before privatization. Parcel Force now refuse to deliver large parcels over 1m 50 in length (the snaths are 1m 58) to the Highlands and Islands, Ireland or any international destination. I now have to send anything with a snath out through a private company, and only a few companies will deal with long parcels.The service is not so good and our local post office has lost several thousand pounds worth of business.
Please do not expect the instant delivery that Amazon and similar outfits specialize in. I normally send out deliveries every Wednesday to arrive before the weekend. I try to be beside the phone on Monday mornings from 10.30 am if you need an urgent delivery. In June, July and August I am extremely busy and we have our own haymaking and scythe courses to do, so there can be delays, and, dare I say it, cock-ups.
Your order may be delayed if you omit to provide the necessary information (eg snath size/height of user).
If your need is urgent then let me know because I can sometimes get deliveries off at short notice. If you need your scythe in time for a birthday or other event, please phone or e-mail and enquire whether I can do it. Or you can order your own courier company to collect.
METHODS OF PAYMENT: Preferably by cheque, money order or postal order; but also by bank transfer; or by cash sent by special delivery.
PLEASE MAKE CHEQUES OUT TO "SIMON FAIRLIE".
BANK TRANSFERS: I accept BACS payments and other bank transfers by arrangement. If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will email you an order form to fill in and return when you have made the payment.
PURCHASE ORDERS: I can supply on the basis of purchase orders from local authorities, quangos, established conservation organizations etc.
CARDS and PAYPAL : Sorry I can't take cards. I don't use Paypal, because it would put my prices up by 3 per cent, whereas sterling cheques and bank transfers enter my accounts free of charge.
CASH PAYMENTS: For Royal Mail advice on sending payments by cash, click here for the relevant page at www.royal mail.com You will receive a VAT receipt.
EUROS: I accept payment in Euros, by bank transfer, but there is an 8 euro transaction charge. Please phone or e-mail for details. I use the HMRC monthly exchange rate.
S IRELAND: A sterling money order, or cheque or Euro or sterling bank transfer are convenient methods of payment.
OVERSEAS: Please e-mail or ring for details.
POSTAL ADDRESS: Simon Fairlie, Monkton Wyld Court, Charmouth, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6DQ, UK
PHONE NUMBER: 01297 561359. Daytime or evening until 11 pm; best time to ring is Monday 10 am till 1 pm. I don't have a mobile, so please don't text. If no reply please leave a short answerphone message, and/or send an email.
ORDER FORM FOR PAYMENT BY CHEQUE Please print out an order form: ORDER FORM It will help ensure that you provide all the information, and so avoid delays. Your details are not given to any other organization. To pay by bank transfer please email me at email@example.com
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