Scythe Buyers' Guide
The Scythe Network's Retail Division
With respect to real mowing satisfaction, as well as the collective learning of how to tread lightly upon this Earth, our vision is of the scythe being distributed by many individuals and groups. Thus the tool, along with the high standard of service, could be made available within driving, cycling or even walking distance of any aspiring mower.
The purpose of the Scythe Network's involvement in retailing is to place a good scythe into the hands of people who otherwise have had and still would have difficulty obtaining it. A necessary accompaniment to that step is to provide adequate practical information, which must include hands-on courses as well as written material. Both of the latter should be of better quality than has been available thus far. The specific format of teaching courses and retailing tools will inevitably vary from country to country; it must, however, be guided by an agreed-upon code of ethics.
That code, for instance, should deter individuals or groups from making an easy profit by using deceptive advertising and less-than-honest promotional strategies. (Potentially true statements, such as "The European-style scythe is easy/almost effortless to use", "The Austrian scythe blades are light and sharp", "Light, sharp and effective this scythe will mow, clear and harvest with ease", etc. need to be qualified (see note).
To become a member of the Scythe Network's retailing group, an individual or organization must:
As of May 2006, Scythe Connection, as a forerunner to the "North American Retail Service Division", began selling scythes and accessories via mail order. The online catalogue can be found here.
3 May 2006
Modified 29 Nov. 2006