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The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife
Ray Mears Bushcraft

The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife

  Net Weight: 848 g        

The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife, with a blade made to almost identical specifications as the original Woodlore Knife, is an exceptional and beautiful tool in its own right. Hand-made from start to finish by the revered British knife make Stephen Wade Cox, the care and experience that goes into each knife is undeniable.

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The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife, with a blade made to almost identical specifications as the original Woodlore Knife, is an exceptional and beautiful tool in its own right. Hand-made from start to finish by the revered British knife maker Stephen Wade Cox, the care and experience that goes into each knife is undeniable.

Expertly crafted from O1 High Carbon Tool Steel, the full, mildly-tapered-tang blade features a flat Scandinavian-style bevel. This type of steel is remarkably strong and sharpens to a very fine edge. The blade bears the distinct Ray Mears Bushcraft logo on one side, while the maker's initials are engraved on the reverse.

The dimensions of the handle were deliberated over in great detail in order to find the perfect balance between comfort and function. Ultimately, a style akin to that of our Wilkinson Sword models was chosen, which is slightly slimmer to those featured on the Woodlore Knife.

Now in its second form, this latest version of the Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife comes fitted with a stunning handle of English oak. An oft-overlooked choice for knife handles, oak's beautiful varying grain patterns help give each knife a truly unique identity. A classic British tree, the oak is commonly viewed as a symbol of strength and endurance, while also being a reminder of the beauty of the British countryside. Oak also has a place in Woodlore's history, being immortalised in Woodlore's original company logo. We are very excited to now offer this knife in what we feel is the perfect combination of materials.

The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife comes complete with a Ray Mears Leather Belt Sheath; another hand-made item made to exceptionally high standards, this sheath complements the knife perfectly. The sheathed knife is then enclosed in an exclusive presentation case, embossed with the Ray Mears 'Snowshoe' logo. Please note that the standard Leather Belt Sheath to accompany this knife is Right Handed. Should you require a Left Handed Belt Sheath please contact us prior to purchasing.

The Bushcraft Knife will also fit our Leather Neck Sheath and Belt Sheath with Whetstone and Fire Stick Pockets, which can be purchased separately.

We are very pleased to be working with Stephen Cox on this knife, allowing us to offer this fantastic alternative to the much-in-demand Woodlore Knife. Stephen's original sample was tested thoroughly in the field by our outdoor team to make sure it could meet the high demands of bushcraft use - suffice to say it passed the test with flying colours.


  • Blade length: 110 mm
  • Overall length: 220 mm
  • Blade thickness: 4 mm
  • Weight (without sheath): 178 g
  • Steel: 01 High Carbon Tool Steel
  • Hardness: 57-58 hRc
  • Handle material: High grade, kiln-dried oak


  Next day delivery (within UK)
  Orders placed before 2PM GMT will be dispatched the same working day
  Overseas delivery times will vary depending on the destination

Please note that our offices are closed on weekends, so any orders placed after 2PM GMT on Friday will not be dispatched until the following Monday.

Please note that in some instances, orders for heavy items may take an extra day to arrive.

For overseas deliveries, please refer to the following estimated delivery times:

  • Europe: 3 - 5 working days
  • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


A full refund or exchange will be given provided that the items have not been worn or used, and are returned to us within 14 days of purchase, together with all relative labels and packaging.

Please ensure that you include a copy of your invoice, along with an explanation of why you have returned your goods. If you wish to return your goods for any reason, please do so to the following address:

Woodlore Limited
PO Box 3
East Sussex
TN19 7ZE
United Kingdom

Product Reviews

There are 54 reviews of the The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife

  1 of 54

  Well, what is there to say that hasn't been said? It's a Ray Mears knife for those of us who didn't make the 10 year waiting list for the original. It's beautifully made, comes with a leather sheath that feels like it'll last a lifetime of use. Functionally the same as a Woodlore knife. The wood on the handle isn't as pretty as some, but that's the smallest consideration when I'm looking for a tool to do a job, and it's a handsome piece nonetheless.  

22nd April, 2015

  2 of 54

  Really nice and I'm impressed with the quality and the thickness of the blade.  

  Lee Deyes
28th March, 2015

  3 of 54

  My knife arrived the following day. As always, prompt and proper service from Woodlore! The knife itself has been on my wish list for a while now, but I listened to all the doubters - 'It's just the name you're paying for!' Well, I wish I'd trusted my instincts before when somebody on one of the courses I attended let me handle thier knife... It just felt right in my hand and it's perfectly balanced. The sheath is subtle and slim too! As with all tools it takes time to develop your skills, but having used it this week for things like feather sticks there is a real difference and I put this down to it being a quality tool. Is it expensive... Really? For what goes into to producing it, no. You get what you pay for. With the added peice of mind that if there were ever an issue Woodlore can be trusted to sort it out. As usual a quality item with great service!  

14th December, 2014

  4 of 54

  WOW. The build quality of the knife is stunning. Every effort has been made to make this knife a pleasure to use, cuts effortlessly, and has amazing balance and feel. Keeps its edge very well, a quick strop restores the edge back as new. Just what I would expect from Woodlore.  

  Richard Webb
8th December, 2014

  5 of 54

  A work of art and a great service by Woodlore. In one word, fantastic.  

  Edwin Van Eijk
2nd December, 2014

  6 of 54

  My Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife arrived today. Lovely presenentation box. Very high quality, perfectly weighted knife with a beautiful leather sheath. Thank you very much for the perfect service.  

  Paul Dawson
2nd December, 2014

  7 of 54

  After much thought, I decided to buy this knife. I am an avid outdoorsman in the US and have 3 high quality custom knives (including the Ray Mears Bushcrafter). This knife is simply superb! Everything about it, the weight, the sharpness, EVERYTHING is just incredible! The feel of it in my hands had me longing to take it outside. Stephen Wade Cox obviously puts his soul into these knives and, strange as it may sound, you can feel it. If you are thinking about getting this knife, do it! This has quickly become my favorite bushcraft blade. There is no doubt this knife will last well long enough to be passed to my children. It has been a long time since I have been so excited about a knife. A big thanks to my friends across the ocean!  

  Kimathi Clark
27th November, 2014

  8 of 54

  This knife is fantastic! The only thing that I really didn't like about it is that once you put the knife into the sheath then you are not going to have enough grip to hold on to in order to take the knife out. The knife itself is magic in your hands. Many thanks to Ray Mears and his team.  

  Reza Etemad
11th October, 2014

  9 of 54

  I'm sure my bishop would not be pleased to hear it, but I quite understand how people say that the Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife has a soul. It is a thing of beauty which has something about it which goes beyond the spec and its physical properties. Woodlore's service was exactly what I have come to expect; well above and beyond the norm. Thank you.  

  Reverend David Young
16th September, 2014

  10 of 54

  Superb, keeps me using it all the time. Great for fine detail carving. Nice tool for in the wilderness.  

  Nigel Watts
7th September, 2014

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