A Short Guide to Choosing Your Scythe

For persons new to using a scythe wading through the various choices can be daunting. This guide will help you through the process of selecting a scythe that is right for you and the work you plan to do.

The two most important decisions in choosing a scythe are the snath and the blade. The following outline with pertinent Scythe Supply links will help you decide which snath and blade are best suited for you and your work. If you have any questions please contact us.

A scythe with the parts labeled


Type, whether straight or bent, depends on height. If you are 65” tall or under select a straight snath. If you are taller than 65” choose a bent snath. For more information see our Snath Selection Guidelines.

Experienced mowers may know they prefer one snath type over the other regardless of height criteria listed above.

Measurements must be taken accurately:

  • Height wearing the shoes you’ll mow in.
  • Hip to Ground
  • Cubit

Done! It’s that easy.


There are three blade types: Grass, Ditch, and Bush.

The choice depends on the kind of mowing you will be doing. Most blades are versatile and will handle various conditions See our Blade Selection Guidelines for help in choosing a blade.

A list of our available blades with descriptions is on our Blades page.

Our scythe outfit give you all the tools you need to start mowing


The outfit is a kit that includes all the items you need to use and maintain your scythe.

Most people, especially new mowers, choose one of our Scythe Outfits because they include everything you need to get mowing and comes at a discounted price.

Articles on our website are helpful in making your decision.

If you’d like to see a scythe in action please visit our videos page.

Have Questions?

You can call or email us if you have questions and we will be happy to help you.

Email: scythe@scythesupply.com

Phone: (207) 853-4750

We are usually available Mon. to Fri., 9am—3pm Eastern Standard Time. If we are not, please leave a message and a phone number on the answering machine and we'll return your call the next business day.


If you are ordering an outfit begin on the outfit page. Select “Build a Custom Outfit” and follow the directions.

If you are selecting individual items simply choose Add to Wheelbarrow button next to the item.

We are happy to take your order by phone if you prefer (207-853-4750) or by the postal service. Our mailing address is

Scythe Supply
496 Shore Rd.
Perry, ME 04667

We normally ship US Priority Mail. We have found it is the least expensive, quickest and most reliable means. Please specify if you prefer a different carrier.

We also have a catalog available upon request.

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