Equipment: Stones & Accessories
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Bregenzer stone quarried in Austria. An excellent medium grit stone suitable for general purposes. It is a nice size that fits our stone holders well and is not too heavy. About 8" long. The Bregenzer is included in our outfit packages.
Rozsutec fine grit stone will give the final polish to your edge. Freshly hammered edges do well with this stone. Excellent for all knives, and cutting edges. About 8½" long.
Synthetic stone. An open pore stone that cuts fast. Uniform consistency, milled on all sides. Good for various edge tools. Works well to set the initial edge after peening, for light repairs to damaged blades, sharpening the hard steel of an American style blade.Not for regular use as it removes too much steel quickly. 9" long.
Whetstone holders are partially filled with water and hook conveniently on your belt. Scythe stones are used wet. This keeps the grain of the stone open, provides lubrication and makes a slurry of stone particles that will enhance the cutting action. Honing the edge is done frequently in the field. As soon as you feel a loss of efficiency in the cut, it's time to dress the blade. Available in sturdy plastic and galvanized steel. The plastic will hold two stones.
Cow Horn Whetstone Holder
We thought we'd try these polished cow horn whetstone holders from Austria. Measuring approximately 10"/25cm in length with copper belt clip, each one is unique. It will make a marvelous accent to your mowing costume. A frivolity, but a pretty one. You will be the envy of your mowing friends.
Peening jig simplifies hammer sharpening of the scythe's cutting edge. The edge is thinned by cold working the metal with either a hammer and anvil or the use of this jig. The jig is mounted into a pre-drilled block of wood. The blade's edge is placed on the flat of the jig lightly touching the post. Cap #1 is put over the post and the blade is worked uniformly with a hammer making a primary bevel. Cap #2 is then used for the finishing bevel. For information on how to use the peening jig, visit our online peening workshop.
Wide and Narrow Anvils
Blades can be prepared with either of these two styles of anvils. The Wide Anvil is used with a cross peen hammer with the blade held concave side up. The Narrow Anvil is used with a flat hammer with the blade concave side down. Size is about 1" across the face.
Developed at Schroeckenfux, the same factory that makes our blades, by one of their top technicians, this anvil will satisfy both the beginner and the experienced scythe user who wants to try free hand peening. The exposed anvil is about 4" tall with an equally long spike embedded in your peening log. It has a height adjustable platform to help support the blade so the edge rests on the anvil at the desired angle. The radius of the anvil face is wide and provides plenty of surface under the blade's edge. It is much easier to keep the blade on this wide radius than on the radius of our traditional narrow anvil. There is also an integral guide that keeps the blade’s edge properly positioned on the anvil radius.
Similar in use as our narrow anvil, the blade is laid upside down on the anvil. The user lightly hammers on the back side of the blade to draw out and shape the edge.
This is an extremely well made tool of high quality, hardened steel. You will appreciate the subtle hammer rebound and response as you peen.
As your experience grows you may find that the platform and guide are no longer needed. If so, both can be easily removed. Without the platform you will find that square support bar handy for resting your hand as you guide the blade across the anvil.
*Does not come with log or wood base. See our peening log below.
We have two hammers both a combination of wide and cross peen faces and each weighing 500 grams (approx.16 oz). The use of either hammer should be restricted to anvil peening and the faces kept clean and smooth to insure a good finish on the blade. For the peening jig any 16 ounce, flat faced hammer will do. If you don't have one try your local hardware store, or just set your phasers to "peen".
Picard Scythe Hammer
Recently added to our inventory is a scythe hammer forged by the German company Picard. This is the top of the line hammer for freehand peening. It is a very well made and finely balanced peening hammer. The hardened faces give excellent rebound and feedback. You can feel as well as see the changes as the blade's edge responds. Both the face and cross-peen have slight convexity to improve performance, accuracy and limit marring of the scythe's cutting edge. This is an expensive hammer and is meant to be used for freehand peening. The Picard is similar in shape and weight to our Scythe Hammer # 9018 but of higher quality. We recommend restricting the use of either of these fine hammers to freehand peening to keep the faces in good condition. Not recommended for use with a peening jig. Weight 500 grams/16 oz.
Czech Scythe Hammer
If you are serious about peening on an anvil our Scythe hammer is specifically designed for this purpose. It is a high quality, well balanced hammer with properly hardened and resilient faces. The head is tapered allowing a good view of the blade as you peen. The hammer's wide face, used with the narrow anvil, is slightly crowned so the force of each tap falls exactly on the edge of the blade concentrating the energy at that point. The narrow crosspeen is correctly curved for peening the topside of the blade on a wide faced anvil. The Scythe Hammer's shape, balance and feel improve the accuracy needed for freehand peening. Approximately 500 grams / 16 oz.
Hammer & Anvil Sets
Purchase a hammer and anvil(s) together and save a few dollars!
*Hammer, anvils & peening jig are sold separately.
Peening Log. We suggest the best way to mount a peening jig or anvil(s) is into a log. Wood is solid enough to withstand the blows of a hammer but resilient enough to absorb the shock and not transfer it back through the hammer into your arm. We were surprised when a few of customers called to ask "where can I get a log?" We were unprepared for those folks who live in treeless parts of the world. Our first suggestion was to check with the local lumber yard for a section of 6 x 6 or larger timber to make a peening stand. Since Maine is well forested our other solution is this ready-made "Peening Log".
Scythe Supply's peening log is made from local cedar or spruce about 6"-8" in diameter and approximately 22" tall. For most people this is just the right height to support the overhanging blade on a knee while you sit comfortably on a chair or bench. One end of the log is predrilled for holes to accept peening jig and caps, and/or two anvils. We staple a rope, including two small loops, around the log to hold your peening hammer and another carrying loop over the top. The peening log is light weight. You can easily carry it to the field so it is handy when needed.
The Ring clamp holds the blade onto the snath. We sell these separately for those who would like to experiment in making their own snath. Comes with key. We stock 3 sizes: #0, #3 & #4, all $8.
Note: Unfortunately we cannot offer extra set screws at this time.
Inside measures LxWxH are approx;
#0 - 1 ¼" x1 ½" x 1 ¼"
#3 - 1 ¾" x 1 ¼" x 1 ½"
#4 - 1 9/16" x 1 9/16" x 1 3/4"
Made of White Birch or Rock Maple. Made in Maine.
Made of White Birch or Rock Maple. Made in Maine.
Made of White Birch or Rock Maple. Made in Maine. 1" diameter x 9" long.
Made of White Birch or Rock Maple. Made in Maine. 1" diameter x 11" long.
Made of sturdy canvas with grommets set at open end to hold your blade key. These covers will protect your blades and provide a measure of safety when storing or traveling.
Available in five sizes:
Fifteen inches wide and 15 ½ inches deep with drawstring closure, the Slick Sickle Sack holds not only your sickle, but your lunch and a few mowing supplies as well! Constructed of 100% Cotton, Moda toweling, this parchment grey sack with cream and scarlet stripes will add a touch of elegance to your quiet morning mow.
Hats on and off to ScytheSupply. Here is a must for your mowing outfit. We offer two styles of Scythe Supply hats: a dark green hat (made in the U.S.A) or a stone-colored hat with a green visor (imported). Both hats are 100% cotton, w/ adjustable strap so one size fits all.
Soft and supple goat skin gloves help you move seamlessly from mowing to honing, raking to mulching while keeping your hands safe and comfortable. Synthetic back provides breathability and finger flexibility with leather knuckle strap for added protection. Snug fit keeps gloves in place. Sewn in USA by Midwest Gloves & Gear.
Adult Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Post Card Pack: Selection of 20
Our postcards feature this beautiful tool, the scythe: perfect to send to friends & help raise awareness about the scythe and its role in agriculture. At 50 cents a piece ($10 for 20 cards) you don't have to think twice before dropping one of our postcards in the mail. All cards are the same size - pictures not to scale. If you have a preference for how many of each, please indicate in our "comments" field on the checkout form.
8003 ScytheSupply Bandana
Stamped with our Scythe Supply logo. Mop your brow or swat the blackflies. Timeless and functional. 100% Cotton. Made in the U.S.A.
This hand made scythe w/a 6in. snath and 5.5 cm blade and total weight of .25 oz is an ideal item for those who like to dream about mowing when the snow is deep and winds are blowing. Or for those who enjoy collecting small things! It can be a Christmas tree ornament or desk display or mini dust collector. It is realistic and cute!
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