The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife




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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.

Details:

  • 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

43 Reviews of: The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife
Average Customer Rating:

WOW! A must-buy item, you will not be disappointed.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Joe Woodcock on 23rd July, 2014
Bought this for my husbands birthday. He said its superb, the best knife he has ever used.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Mrs Susan Bishop on 21st June, 2014
What can I say, this is the best knife I own. Looks and feels better than my other hand-made one, this is a top quality knife. Well made plus top service from Woodlore.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Mr Richard Coldridge on 3rd June, 2014
This is a quality product. It is expensive. If you don't want quality - don't buy. I have had numerous other bushcraft knives - some costing over £500, but this is the best. It is honed to its task. It is simple yet borne from long experience. It is easy to sharpen and maintain. Some people say 'What does this knife have that a £20 Mora doesn't?' I say 'Would you leave a Mora with a plastic handle to your grandchild?' Quite simply - until you own one you won't understand.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Pestweazle on 22nd May, 2014
Outstanding workmanship! Sharpest knife I have received from any maker. Beautiful hand-rubbed flats on the blade. Handle scales are fit perfectly to the tang. The shape to the handle will accommodate different holds depending on what you are doing. Nice heavy knife - I'm anxious to use it on some bushcraft projects.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Larry Myking on 3rd March, 2014
Stunning service, fantastic product what more can I say?
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Aynsley Storey on 7th February, 2014
Wow. Stunning and Beautiful Craftsmanship. I am lost for words, thank you Woodlore and SWC.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Lord Rayner on 24th January, 2014
I have being searching for the right knife for 15/20 years now and have tried plenty but have never been happy with the shape of the blade or the quality of the steel. After years of trying to justify the cost of the bushcraft knife I have finally talked myself in to it and, having received it, I can't believe I hesitated for so long. It is an absolute revelation in terms of quality. Initially I was a little concerned by how slim the handle was but after 6 hours carving Christmas presents out of cherry wood I had no discomfort from the handle and unbelievably the blade only required stropping on leather to still be shaving sharp. Many thanks.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer James on 6th December, 2013
Over a few years I've spent more than this in total on several knives, trying to find the right one. It has arrived! It has a very comfortable feeling in the hand, attention to the little details is very obvious, eg. there's no ridge between the metal and wood of the handle - use a knife for a while and that really matters. The edge on the blade is simply outstanding, I just hope I can keep it that way. I can't recommend it enough, so much so, I've bought a second one. A very happy customer.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Simon J Lucas on 1st December, 2013
The finest bushcraft knife you could ask for, followed by the finest customer service I have ever received. Look no further, you've found the best.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Jane Holt on 22nd November, 2013
A very good knife.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Kjell Bokalrud on 1st November, 2013
For many years I wanted a hand made knife of quality. A distant relative died and left me a small amount in her will. I took this opportunity to buy the Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife. I now have that knife and the quality is amazing. My aunt left me money, I will be leaving my Son something far better. My knife that I have called Vera.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Michael Orwin on 6th August, 2013
An excellent purchase which I would highly recommend. It is so expertly put together, combining true craftsmanship with the worldly knowledge of Ray Mears on how a knife should function and feel in the hand. I was very impressed with the service I received in assisting with my purchase and the questions I had. Would shop nowhere else.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Kathryn White on 16th July, 2013
This is a beautiful knife to hold in your hand and a true piece of art to look at. No need to worry about performance on this product. First class all the way. Keeping it close for comfort on my next trip out. Thanks for providing something of real lasting quality Ray and the Woodlore Team.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Steve B on 6th July, 2013
I think it is the best thing ever. The knife is the best knife I ever had, it will be with me for a long time. Thank you.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer James William Taylo on 23rd May, 2013
I had an issue with the first knife I received. The Woodlore team worked effortlessly to help rectify my situation. I eventually received a new knife (fantastic delivery time to Australia) and it is simply flawless. The best piece of kit I currently own. A+ for the knife A+ for Woodlore customer service!
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Tony Burke on 14th May, 2013
Beautiful knife.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Jules Gulickx on 11th April, 2013
Beautifully made and a pleasure to use. The Bushcraft Knife is worth every penny.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Neil Jackson on 1st April, 2013
The quality of this knife is second to none. The grinds are perfect, the handle marries up to the tang beautifully and the edge is razor sharp. It is almost too nice to use, but I did not buy it to sit in a drawer. It is a pleasure to use and has handled everything with ease that I would expect of a knife. Marks out of 10, I'd have to give it 10. Yes, it's quite expensive, but the old saying of you get what you pay for is true with this knife. Superb.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Gary Hewitt on 13th January, 2013
I could hardly sleep waiting for the Ray Mears Bushcraft knife to arrive. The knife arrived in Canada perfectly packaged and very quickly. The knife is beautifully made with every detail being perfectly finished. The Oak handle feels wonderful in the (continued...)
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Sorrel Holmes on 12th January, 2013
Knife arrived very quickly to Canada, top marks for service. The knife itself is true quality. Super sharp out of the box, and a great balance. Excellent finish and attention to detail in the design and construction. I would not hesitate to recommend this knife to anyone looking for a top quality go to bushcraft knife.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Benjamin Forward on 22nd December, 2012
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife is a beautiful tool indeed! It arrived perfectly packaged and I cant believe it got here so quickly! Thank you Woodlore! Perfection is possible!
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Daniel H Willis on 29th October, 2012
You won't appreciate the quality of this knife until you hold one in your hand. It's of exceptional quality.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Darren Williams on 27th September, 2012
A high quality item presented in a nice box.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Darren Carus on 15th September, 2012
You can always rely on Woodlore to sell the best quality products on the market, and this knife is no exception. Every detail is spot on and crafted to perfection from start to finish on this knife. The team at Woodlore are fantastic and extremely helpful. I always receive my items the next day every time without fail and will continue to use them. Many thanks Woodlore and SWC, keep up the fantastic work.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Tom S. on 31st August, 2012
Overall a very impressive knife! The matching Old English Oak Scales have a beautiful pattern flowing from one to the other. The leather sheath is exceptional. Came well packaged and a fast delivery time to the States.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer George Nazzaro ( rocky ) on 24th August, 2012
Took me years to find a good knife. Now I found the best one. Simple without much fuzz, easy to use and comfortable in the hand. Hours of knife usage without blisters. Fantastic. TOP KNIFE.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Surbiton on 23rd August, 2012
What can I say, I hovered for a while but couldn't resist. Even if it didn't bear the man's name, it has Ray Mears all over it. Not flash, although it is a work of art in it's own right. The photos do not do it justice. It is one solid, honest, dependable bit of kit. Like Ray it has integrity, worth every penny, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. I messed up my order, it was remedied 1.30pm one day, here by 9.30am the next! What can i say... Thanks to all at Woodlore, your efforts are appreciated.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Dean Nolan on 6th August, 2012
A good knife.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Heinz W. Hermes on 4th August, 2012
To simply call this knife a masterpiece is like calling the Mona Lisa a cartoon, or Mozart a bloke who wrote some good tunes; such is its physical and practical perfection. Every aspect of it, from the weight distribution to the fit in the hand and the quality of finish simply shouts that this is no mere tool you are holding. I have been teetering on the edge of buying one of these for a while but wasn't sure; now I understand what elevates a knife to a piece of sculpture. An absolutely superb object; you know you want one.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Tim Pike on 19th July, 2012
I received my bushcraft knife toady and on opening the package the first impression was the very nice box with Ray’s logo on it an excellent idea as the box gives the impression of quality at the start. On opening the (continued...)
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Nigel Ashcroft on 17th November, 2011
I just got my new Ray Mears(Oak Handled) bushcraft knife yesterdaay (11/9/11) and to say the least it is one of the most amazing things i have ever seen! for all of you who are on the edge about buying the knife it is totally worth every penny. It has gone above and beyond my expectations! Thank you woodlore team for giving me the opportuninty to own such an amazing work of art. Sincerely: Ben Toole
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Ben Toole on 10th November, 2011
I pondered long and hard about whether to buy or not, but after reading many reviews and looking at even more pictures, I finally made the leap and haven't regretted it yet. What worried me most was that the knife looked rather heavy, which doesn't work for me considering that I have quite small hands. However, it fits me perfectly; perfect size and weight and handles beautifully. I spent the whole day feathering sticks, making a bow drill set, etc. The edge hasnt lost any of its bite and my hands werent tired in the least. Recommended to anyone. A real tool that will last a lifetime and many more for whoever is lucky enough to have it passed on to.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Adrian Fleming on 2nd September, 2011
This knife is possibly one of the most beautiful items I have ever seen, the pictures do not do it justice! The build quality is just amazing too, not only on the knife but the sheath and even the box it comes in are excellently crafted. I cannot wait to get out there and use it, which almost seems a shame but I know that no matter how long I use it, it will be there ready for whatever I throw at it. Thanks Ray and thanks Stephen.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Jamie Bodman on 5th May, 2011
This Bushcraft knife deserves as many stars as I could fill this page with and more. Superb quality and Craftsmanship and super sharp I still can't get over it, I love this knife. As much as I love my Wilkinson Sword Woodlore knife, the Bushcraft is No.1. I have a collection and still the Bushcraft is No.1. Thank you Ray and everyone at Woodlore. A Treasure to be passed from father to son.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Craig Rayner on 3rd March, 2011
Feels good, looks good, smells good. It deserves to be cherished, worked hard, looked after, and loved. I ordered this and it was with me two days later. QUALITY service from Woodlore. Thank you.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Craig W. Turner on 3rd February, 2011
I must say, this knife meets all of my standards when it comes to a knife that can hold up to the North American forest's. So far, the knife is of high quality, works all day and still keeps it's edge. Thank you.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Steven Lewis, Ohio, U.S.A. on 16th January, 2011
It was hard to bite the bullet and spend the money on it, but am very glad I made the purchase. Very strong knife! After putting it through heck, it's still hair-popping sharp. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Opening the box for the first time and gripping this knife is a definite 'wow' moment!
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Stephen George on 8th January, 2011
Having already purchased several pieces of kit from woodlore,I expected this knife to be of similer quality.I was not disapointed,this knife and sheath deserve rather more than five stars! The construction and finish are of the highest quality and well worth waiting for. I have over the years practised my own form of bushcraft and posessed many knives, this knife/tool knocks most of them into a cocked hat. Well done Ray and woodlore,best wishes for the next twenty five years.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Robert Garrett on 8th October, 2010
I finally got my own Bushcraft Knife and just wanted to say how happy I am with it! I have several other knives from very reputable makers, but this one is by far and away my new favorite! The attention to detail, both in the knife and in the sheath, which is exceptional, make this a joy to use. And it came sharper than I thought a knife could be!! Wish I knew how to get it that sharp! Excellent product that is well worth the money. Excellent customer service as well!
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer David Thompson on 17th September, 2010
Knife arrived early this morning. Couldn't be happier! The quality is amazing and the workmanship really impressive. The knife came razor sharp and ready to go. I have no doubt that this knife will be part of my family for a long long time. It will be getting used as intended rather than put on display. It's shape and weight make it a very usable knife that looks beautiful. Fantastic service as always. A huge thank you
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer John Pierre on 3rd September, 2010
Always been an outdoorsman, 25yrs in the Royal Marines and a fieldsport enthusiast has given me an appreciation for no nonsense, high quality professionally made kit. The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife ticks all of the boxes and then some. Best birthday present from my wife I could have wished for! Regards Gavin P.S. Got the beanie hat and Sealskin socks from my Dad too...chuffed!
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Gavin Lock on 15th March, 2010
A Stunning peice of craftsmanship that just fits so nicely in the hand, slightly heavier than the Woodlore, but that makes working with it so more pleasurable. I look forward to many outings with this knife.
The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife reviewed by customer Martin Smith on 9th December, 2009
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