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I am away until Monday 8 August.
We are currently facing a backlog of orders owing to heavy demand coinciding with other factors. There may be some delay in processing your order. Cheque and cash payments tend to be dealt with more speedily than bank transfer orders. Remember the Chinese homily:
Snows melt on the mountain top
The Three Rivers are in spate
The wise farmer whets his sickle. (Li Sen Sen)
BREXIT Thanks to Brexit, I am no longer selling goods to Europe or Ireland (North or South). Go here and scroll down to "International" for alternatives.
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 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 Most items are in stock. However left-handed equipment is currently unavailable.
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 46 Austrian-style grass blade (Rasierschnitt); for grass and fleshy weeds. 75 49 Oriental-style Blade (Profisense); for fleshy weeds, meadows and lawns 65 435 47 Oriental-style blade (Profisense); for fleshy weeds, meadows and lawns. 70 465 48 Oriental-style blade (Profisense); for fleshy weeds, meadows and lawns. 75 495 49 Oriental-style blade (Profisense); for fleshy weeds, meadows and lawns. 85 560 50 TOUGH BLADES Ditch blade: Styria —for rough grass and tough weeds. 55 440 45 Ditch blade: Styria — for rough grass and tough weeds. 65 480 47
Bush blade: Fux heavy duty, cuts woody plants, not ideal for grass.
50 540 45 Bush blade: Fux for targeted removal of woody plants, hopeless for grass. 40 460 43 VERY SHORT BLADES Tiny blade : Profisense model — for very confined circumstances, working between valued plants, eg allotment or row crop work. 40 335 42
Small blade : Profisense model —for grass and fleshy weeds in small gardens, paths etc.
50 375 44 EXTRA LONG BLADES
Ambitious Blade: Austrian style grass blade.
95 54 Competition Blade: Austrian style grass blade. 110 840 60 BLADE COVERS cm gm £ Canvas blade cover 55cm to 60cm 55-60 100 14
Canvas blade cover 65cm
65 105 14 Canvas blade cover 75 cm 75 110 14
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 50 Complete adjustable snath , Size 2 (5ft - 5ft 8 in tall) 150 1300 63 Complete adjustable snath , Size 3 ( 5 ft 7 - 6 ft 3 in tall) 160 1450 63 Complete adjustable snath , Size 4 (6ft 3 and over) 170 1600 67 Left hand grip for adjustable wooden snath 11 Right hand grip for adjustable wooden snath. 13 Shaft of adjustable wooden snath; 33 Extra clamp for fixing blade to adjustable wooden snath, with hexagonal Allen Key. 6 10mm spanner for changing handgrip positions (chrome vanadium). OUT OF STOCK 2 PEENING EQUIPMENT cm gm £
Bar Peen Anvil (Picard, German) — for use with ordinary carpenter's hammer.
500 28 Austrian peening jig 69
Czech Peening jig .
Flat Anvil (Picard, German) — for use with cross peen hammer. OUT OF STOCK BACK SOON I HOPE
510 24 Table Bar Peen Anvil (Schröckenfux, Austria) 940 75 Peening hammer — European style made in Germany by Picard, 500g.OUT OF STOCK BACK SOON I HOPE 500 26 ABRASIVES cm gm £ Artificial stone: silicon carbide coarse/ 24 140 3 Artificial stone "Silicar" medium (220 grit) 26 200 12 Natural Stone: Mailander, fine (400? grit) 23/24 310 12 Natural Stone: Le Saurat, fine, soft matrix (French) 12 Natural stone: Rozsutec 23-24 cm, very fine (>600 grit). (Slovak) 23/24 220 15 Set of all five stones (Coarse, Silicar, Mailander, Le Saurat, Rozsutec) 48 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 18 Stone sheath (Czech — Galvanized steel) 100 8 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 The Scythe Book, by David Tresemer and Peter Vido 19 Managing Grass in Britain with the Scythe, by Simon Fairlie, A5, new edition, 60 pages. 8 Managing Grass in Britain with the Scythe, REDUCED IF BOUGHT WITH A BLADE AND SNATH 5 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 (£1.40 pence). Subsequent grub screws are £5 for 3 if part of a larger order, or £8 if this is all you are ordering. If your grub screw takes a square Allen key, please let me know.
Free or £5 SICKLES AND OTHER TOOLS Sickle, Right-Handed 255 24 Sickle — Left Handed (OUT OF STOCK) 240 26 Magna Grecia mattock (head only) (OUT OF STOCK) 30 Bush Knife (Che's Mate) 32
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 ..... £124 plus £20 p&p
One Adjustable wooden snath with clamp One blade (any kind 70 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
SETS WITH PEENING EQUIPMENT
The Economy Set — with Czech Peening Jig .....£156 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 Better Jig Set — with the Austrian Peening Jig .....
£186 plus £20 p&p
The same as the Economy Set, except with an Austrian Peening Jig made by Schroeckenfux.
The Freehand Set — with the German Freehand Peening Anvil
£172 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 rubberized sanding block • One galvanized stone sheath •One copy of Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe
The Superior Freehand Set — with the Austrian Table Anvil ....
£210 plus £20 p&p
The same as the Freehand Set, above, except with the table anvil, made by Fux, instead of the German anvil. HAMMERS Please note that the Freehand 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, whiuch can also be used on flat anvils. The jig sets can be used with any 16 oz or 20oz hammer,
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.
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/
*Dyffed, Wales: Phil Batten, Scythe Cymru http://scythecymru.co.uk/
Hereford: David Kuegler, david.kuegler(at)btinternet.com
West Sussex: Mark Allery firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Shropshire: Andrea Gilpin hello(at)wildmeadow.co (not com or .uk) https://www.wildmeadow.co/scything-classes
Wiltshire: Chris Riley chris(at)pratensis.net
Somerset: Andi Rickard andirickard(at)me.com https://somersetscytheschool.com
*East Anglia: Richard Brown https://wildscythe.co.uk
Northern Ireland and the Republic: Neil Foulkes neilfoulkes62(at)gmail.com
* These distributors also sell by mail order, and take cards.
MAIL ORDER: POSTAGE AND PACKING COSTS
AS PART OF THE PROCESS OF TRASHING THE POST OFFICE AND ROYAL MAIL, IT IS NOW ILLEGAL TO SEND BLADES IN THE POST, EVEN SCISSORS AND CUTLERY. OUR LOCAL POSTMASTER IS SO FED UP HE IS JACKING IT IN, THE SECOND ONE IN THE VICINITY TO RESIGN IN DISGUST AT HIS TREATMENT.
AS A RESULT ALL SCYTHE BLADES, SICKLES AND BUSH KNIVES MUST BE SENT OUT BY COURIER, OFTEN AT ROUGHLY DOUBLE THE COST
ALL ORDERS WITH SNATHS ARE £20 AND WILL BE NO MORE THAN THAT UNLESS YOU BUY MORE THAN FOUR SNATHS.
ALL ORDERS WITH BLADES ARE NOW £13.
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.
Postage for small items under 60 cm, sent by Royal Mail: ; grub screws £3; book £4; sanding block £4; clamp £4; sheath £4; one stone, two or three stones £4; one Picard anvil £4; one jig £4; one table anvil £4; one hammer £7. For combinations of small items under two kilos £7.
To the Highlands and Islands, and the Isle of Wight I charge the same postage rate as for the rest of the UK. For Isle of Man please email for details.
To the Channel Islands For any parcel with a snath, you will need to arrange delivery via a firm such as https://www.ship2me.co.uk ("delivering the undeliverable to the Channel Islands"). I will mail it to their office for £20, to be forwarded to you at your expense. I charge VAT on orders to the Channel Islands to avoid having an extra column in my VAT returns.
Please do not expect the instant delivery that Amazon and similar outfits specialize in. This is a part-time business: I also have a small farm to run. With the help of Gill, my packer, we normally send out deliveries every Wednesday to arrive before the weekend — to catch the Wednesday delivery we need your order by midday Tuesday. 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 events 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.
INTERNATIONAL DELIVERIES AND SUPPLIERS
I no longer post to Europe or Ireland because it now makes no sense to export to the EU goods I have imported from there. I will send scythes to other countries where there is no resident scythe dealer but it will be at your own risk,and probably in the region of £100 delivery charge.Here is a list of international scythe suppliers:
For Ireland, Neil Foulkes lives near the border: neilfoulkes62(at)gmail.com
For goods sent from the UK to the EU, try Scythe Cymru http://scythecymru.co.uk/
or Richard Brown http://wildseed.co.uk/products/category/scythes
If you are in North America: 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: Faulx.info http://www.faulx.info/mapage/index.html or Comptoir de la Faux http://www.comptoirdelafaux.com/topic/index.html
For Australia Bladerunners https://www.scythes.com.au
For Eastern Europe contact Neil Dudman at firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.kosimesnadno.cz
For Austria/ Germany contact https://www.sensenverein.at/
For India and nearby http://vikalp.tech/the-scythe/
For Spain and Portugal, there is an opportunity for someone to start importing them.
Falci blades are made in Italy and are good quality: https://www.falcitools.com
And for a German dealer with a huge range of blades (including vintage) and other items/https://www.sensenwerkstatt.de/5.html
New Zealand – Scythes New Zealand http://www.scythesnz.co.nz/shop/
Belgium – La Pic Vert https://www.lepicvert.be/index.php/fr/fauchage-a-la-faux or Terra Tools https://www.terratools.be/categorie/zeis/
Sweden – Lie Mats http://www.liemats.se/hem
Denmark – Le for Livet https://www.legrej.dk/
Netherlands – Zeisles https://zeisles.nl The late Peter Vido provides a scythe buyers' guide at http://www.scytheconnection.com/adp/retail/guide.html
METHODS OF PAYMENT: Preferably by cheque, or postal order, or cash sent by special delivery; but also by bank transfer. I can supply on the basis of purchase orders from local authorities, quangos, established conservation organizations etc.
I prefer payment by cheque or cash since both the order and the payment come together in the post.
I can take payment by bank transfer, with an order made by email. This means I have to check whether the payment has arrived and correlate each payment to its order, not always straightforward.
With the best will in the world, an order made by bank transfer and email is more likely to go astray than an order made by post with a cheque. I receive about 15 letters in the post every week, whereas I receive in the order of 500 emails every week.
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 email@example.com 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, 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 sterling 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, I respond better to an email than to the answerphone.
In the event that this email is not functioning, please use firstname.lastname@example.org
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 In the event that this email is not functioning, please use firstname.lastname@example.org
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