Fiskars is the oldest company in Finland and is a mainstay of the Finnish industrial scene. They produce high quality consumer goods for the home (notably cutting implements), interior decoration-related items and products for outdoor activities. You may think you’ve never heard of Fiskars, but if you have ever seen or owned a pair of those orange-handled ‘safety’ scissors (and who hasn’t?) then you have at least a passing awareness of Fiskars.
Fiskars lawn mowers are simple, environmentally-friendly implements that do a remarkably good job at producing a clean, attractive cut. While they have something of a fragile look to them, they’re actually very durable and that fragile profile has more to do with the straightforwardness of the design than any production-related shortcomings. In the following Fiskars lawn mower reviews we’ll take a look at their entire line of reel-style mowers.
Our Fiskars Lawn Mower Reviews
History of Fiskars Lawn Mowers
It’s hard to say exactly why (since private lawn care was not a big concern until the mid-20th century) but the lawn mower sector is populated by some incredibly old companies when compared with other industries. Fiskars, for example, is one of the oldest companies on earth, having been founded in 1649 in the village of Fiskars, Finland.
Maybe what is just as striking as the age of the company is the fact that they have endured for more than 370 years offering such a limited number of products. Their lawn care division, for example, offers only a handful of reel-style, human powered mowers with very simple designs and affordable price points. While the rest of their offerings are equally simple and restrained in number.
Perhaps they’re onto something though, because they endure while countless other larger, more product heavy companies have come and gone. But corporate structures aside, Fiskars mowers are an offshoot of the company’s long-standing interest in, and production of, cutting tools. Maybe their best known cutting tool is their iconic orange handle scissors, of which the company has sold more than 1 billion units.
Where are Fiskars Lawn Mowers Made?
While researching these Fiskars lawn mower reviews I was struck by how loyal Fiskars has been to their roots, maintaining a constant production presence in the village of Fiskars and the surrounding area right from the start in the 17th century. They still make everything from their iconic orange handle scissors to chopping axes and their entire line of cookware in and around Fiskars, where they have always been a major employer.
That said, being the 21st century and all, you won’t find many companies that can resist the urge to shift at least some production to more wage-friendly environments, and that is also the case with Fiskars. In 2016 they shifted production of all their garden cutting tools, including lawn mowers, to Poland. On the bright side they at least kept the jobs in the ‘neighborhood’, as Poland is only about an hour and a half by air from Helsinki.