The snath is the long, wooden shaft to which the blade mounts. It carries the handles the mower grips when using the scythe. We supply two types of snaths – a straight model and a bent model. The bent snath turns up at a slight angle near the blade end. The bent snath looks a bit like a hockey stick.
Generally, we supply a bent snath with our grass and ditch blades. We will supply a straight snath if requested. Not all of our grass or ditch blades work well with a straight snath. We will advise you if there is a conflict between the blade and snath you have chosen
Bush blades require a straight snath. Because of the steep angle between the blade edge and the tang, mounting a bush blade on a bent snath points the edge towards the ground instead of parallel to it. What you end up with is a very lousy shovel.
Any of our blades work fine on a straight snath. You can hardly go wrong with this choice.
If you order a bush blade along with a grass or ditch blade we will provide a straight snath unless you request a second, bent snath for the grass/ditch blade.
If you order a grass or ditch blade and think you may order a bush blade later, then let us know in the comments area of the our order form. We can provide a straight snath on the first order saving you from purchasing a second snath on the future order.
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