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Vale Peter Vido

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in News

Peter Vido passed away on Saturday, June 23rd: I described – in a limited word count – the ways in which Peter gathered and shared his knowledge in the...

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Diamond-ground whetstones

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in News

When I bought Chewie from the University Geology department, the guy running the workshop looked behind him and said, “I don’t suppose you’d want that one as well?” I looked at what I...

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Hitachi rocks

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in News

Here at Bladerunners, we aim to provide tools that you’ll pass on to the next generation. Hand tools are what float our boats, but we’re realists as well – we’d never be able to keep...

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Scythes in Fiji

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in News

Late last year we had an enquiry from Fiji about supplying a scythe. I admit my response was rather lukewarm – we generally have very little interest in importing gear just to fly it out of the country...

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Out of stock reflections

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in News

We’re now out of stock of snaths, which will slow everything down a bit – many of our customers are first timers and need a snath. We’ve ordered more and now that Canada is heading into...

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Another fine synthetic whetstone

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in News

Following on from my review of the Arctic Fox whetstone, a customer pointed me in the direction of another fine synthetic whetstone. It’s made in Czechoslovakia from carborundum. And it’s a...

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A scythe as clippers

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in mowing tips, News

I’ve been through our raspberry patch and plaited the stronger canes together for this year’s harvest. I’ve dug out and sold hundreds of the excess canes that were impinging on the land...

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Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Guidance, News

A frequent warning given to beginners peening is to not “overpeen”. If you hit too hard, too deep into the edge, trying to move too much steel at once, you can open cracks in the steel. You can...

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Need a replacement blade cover?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in News

We’ve tried out several likely-looking contenders but none have fit the bill. The Falci covers are a great bright red which makes them easy to find, but they’re fairly flimsy and can actually be a...

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Making Whetstones

Posted by on Mar 27, 2016 in Guidance, News

The following was written for The Windrow magazine (and then judiciously edited), of which the March 2016 issue has just been released. Contact Simon Fairlie to subscribe to this very informative publication....

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Kyneton again

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in News

I had a great weekend at Kyneton, mainly due the company of friends. I finally got to meet Mr. Jeff Keys, a.k.a. Man With Scythe, with whom I’ve been corresponding for a couple of years, and we both...

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Pioneer schmioneer

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in News

And here I was thinking I’d done some pioneering work producing a Tasmanian whetstone. Now to hunt down the history…

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