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For a more detailed explanation of the following items see product list.
Scroll down to find information about PAYMENT and POSTAGE.
You may find it easier to buy a beginner's set. These are listed lower down the page here
PRICE RISE Owing to the slide of the pound sterling, prices of blades, snaths and some other goods have gone up slightly.
VAT All prices include VAT. My VAT number is GB 917 5685 87.
AVAILABILITY Most items are currently in stock.
ORDER FORM If you wish to purchase, 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.
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 39 Oriental-style Blade (Profisense); for fleshy weeds, meadows and lawns. 65 435 40 Oriental-style blade (Profisense); for fleshy weeds, meadows and lawns. 75 495 42 Oriental-style blade (Profisense); for fleshy weeds, meadows and lawns. 85 560 44 TOUGH BLADES Ditch blade: Styria —for rough grass and tough weeds. 55 440 38 Ditch blade: Styria — for rough grass and tough weeds. 65 480 40
Bush blade: Fux heavy duty, cuts woody plants, not ideal for grass.
50 540 37 Bush blade: Fux for targeted removal of woody plants, hopeless for grass. 40 460 36 VERY SHORT BLADES Tiny blade : Profisense model — for very confined circumstances, working between valued plants, eg allotment or row crop work. 40 335 34
Small blade : Profisense model —for grass and fleshy weeds in small gardens, paths etc.
50 375 36 EXTRA LONG BLADES
Ambitious Blade: Austrian style grass blade. (NEW LINE)
95 48 Competition Blade: Austrian style grass blade. 110 840 54 BARGAIN BLADES Oriental blade (Luxor); extra fine, for meadows and lawns. 75 515 30 Oriental blade (Luxor); extra fine, for meadows and lawns. 85 560 32 BLADE COVERS cm gm £ Canvas blade cover 55cm to 60cm 55-60 100 12 Canvas blade cover 65cm 65 105 12 Canvas blade cover 75 cm 75 110 12 SNATHS
Adjustable curved wooden snath (movable handgrips); supplied with clamp for fixing blade.
Size 1, for children and people under 5 feet tall.
130 1150 54 Adjustable snath as above, Size 2 (5ft - 5ft 10 in tall) 150 150 1300 54 Adjustable snath as above, Size 3 ( 5 ft 10- 6 ft 4 in tall) 160 160 1450 54 Adjustable snath as above, Size 4 (Over 6ft 4 tall) 170 170 1600 60 Extra right hand grip for adjustable wooden snath. Please stipulate size (see Product List for explanation). 12 PEENING EQUIPMENT cm gm £
Bar Peen Anvil (Picard, German) — for use with ordinary carpenter's hammer.
Peening jig (Slovak).
Flat Anvil (Picard, German) — for use with cross peen hammer.
510 18 Cross peen hammer — Warrington style made in the UK by Visa, 16oz. 450 15 Table Bar Peen Anvil (Schröckenfux, Austria) 940 58 Union Dengelapparat Peening Machine 7000 200 Magnifying lens x 10 3 ABRASIVES cm gm £ Artificial stone: silicon carbide 24 cm, coarse 24 24 140 2 Artificial stone "Silicar" medium (220 grit) 26 200 10 Natural stone: Bregenzer 21-22 cm, medium fine (300 grit) 21/22 140-180 4 Natural Stone: Mailander, fine (400? grit) 23/24 310 10 Natural stone: Rozsutec 23-24 cm, very fine (>600 grit). (Slovak) 23/24 220 6 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 STONE SHEATHS gm £ Stone sheath (Czech — Copper) (STOCK RUNNING LOW) 140 12 Stone sheath (Czech — Galvanized steel) 100 4 Stone sheath (hand made in the UK by Steve Tomlin, from one piece of alder) (RUNNING LOW)) 29 Stone sheath (polished cow horn) 170 27 Stone sheath (waterproofed leather, handmade in UK (OUT OF STOCK) 29 BOOKS Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe — A4 booklet of 24 pages (FREE WITH ALL PURCHASES OF COMPLETE SCYTHES) 2 The Scythe Book, by David Tresemer and Peter Vido 13 The Forgiveness of Nature: The Story of Grass, by Graham Harvey, hardback, Jonathan Cape, 371 pages. 8 Managing Grass in Britain with the Scythe, by Simon Fairlie, A5, 44 pages 3 SPARE PARTS gm £ Extra clamp for fixing blade to adjustable wooden snath — hexagonal Allen Key. (A clamp is included when you buy a snath.) 35mmx40mm 4
Replacement grub screws for clamps. I will send one is free if you send an SAE with 69 pence stamps. Subsequent grub nuts are £1 each.
SICKLES ETC Sickle (OUT OF STOCK) 255 17 Sickle — Left Handed 240 22 Bush Knife 27
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.
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. For more about peening, and about these sets, see the menu at the top of the Product List.
BEGINNER'S KIT without peening equipment
The Basic Beginner's Kit ..... £100 plus £16 p&p One Adjustable wooden snath with clamp One blade (any kind 65 cm or under) One Bregenzer 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 ..... £130 plus £20 p&p One Adjustable wooden snath with clamp One blade (75cm or under) One peening jig One Bregenzer 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 .... £138 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 galvanized steel stone sheath • One flat file • One rubberized sanding block • One copy of Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe
The Ideal Beginner's Set — With Table Anvil .... £180 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 sheath instead of a galvanized sheath. A SECOND BLADE CAN BE CHEAPER
Add £36 for a second blade in a set .
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 also direct you to suppliers who sell cheaper scythes with metal snaths, usually made in Eastern Europe, whose quality reflects the price.
POSTAGE AND PACKING
You can save on postage and get some basic tuition by coming to the store, less than a mile from the A35 on the Dorset/Devon border. The store does not follow regular shop hours. Please phone and/or e-mail to make an appointment and avoid disappointment.
UK (INC N IRELAND) :
We support our local post office by sending all goods via Royal Mail or Parcel Force.
From 2 April 2013, Royal Mail will no longer be delivering standard parcels over two foot long. Anything over 61cm long, has to go via Parcel Force or by Special Delivery. Also anything that classes as a medium parcel over 1 kilo in weight is disproportionately expensive. (This is presumably part of the process of tenderizing Royal Mail prior to privatization).
By Parcel Force: "Basic scythe set" £16. Snath plus two blades £16. Snath, blade and two other items such as stones £16."Cautious", "Confident" and "Ideal" sets, including up to 3 extra blades, £20; One snath and blade plus up to eight other items £20. Other multiple orders up to 10 kilos, and with no more than three snaths, £20. For larger orders please enquire.
Blades 60 cm and over: one blade 60cm or over £10; two scythe blades, 60cm and over, £13.
Postage for small items under 60 cm : magnifying glass £1; book £4; sanding block £4; clamp £4; sheath £4; one stone £4; two stones £4; one Picard anvil £4; one hammer £4; three or four stones £6; one blade 55cm or under £6; two blades under 55cm £9; one table anvil £7; one hammer £7; one sickle, bush knife or jig £9. For combinations of small items under 60 centimetres, either add 25 per cent to the cost price and round down to the nearest pound, or if that looks excessive phone or email for a precise quote.
Please allow ten days for delivery. At the height of summer, when I am busy with shows and demand is high, it can take longer than this. Delivery by Royal Mail or Parcel Force normally takes two or three days. Your order may be delayed if you omit to provide the necessary information (eg snath size/height of user). Many thanks to the staff at Charmouth Post Office, who deal with these cumbersome parcels with good humour and patience.
ABROAD, please contact me. As a rough guide, to send a scythe set to Southern Ireland costs about £36, and to Europe about £50. Delivery costs beyond Europe are prohibitively expensive. If you are in North America, you will probably find what you need at Peter Vido's website http://www.scytheconnection.com/ or else Scythe Supply at http://www.scythesupply.com/ Peter Vido provides a scythe buyers' guide at http://www.scytheconnection.com/adp/retail/guide.html . 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
Please do not expect the instant delivery that Amazon and similar outfits specialize in. I drive parcels to the post office once a week, currently on Wednesday, and make an effort to ensure that every outstanding order is dispatched.
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. There may be a premium of £5-£15 if I have to go out of my way to get it to the Post Office, or use 24 delivery, which means going to a more distant post office. Or you can order your own courier company to collect.
PREFERRED METHODS OF PAYMENT: My system works quickest if you pay by cheque, money order or postal order; or else by cash sent by special delivery.
PLEASE MAKE CHEQUES OUT TO "SIMON FAIRLIE". (I appreciate that the Payments Council thinks that cheques are "on the way out", but that's what people said about scythes).
BANK TRANSFERS: I accept BACS payments and other bank transfers by arrangement, but reluctantly for individuals, mainly for organizations, foreign payments or in special or urgent circumstances. With bank transfers it can be problematic relating the payment to the order, since they arrive separately.
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 andf 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. Please phone or e-mail for details. I use the HMRC monthly exchange rate which you can find here .
S IRELAND: A sterling money order, 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 . . . . . E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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