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The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife
Ray Mears Bushcraft

The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife

 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.

  Under UK law, this item can only be sold to persons over 18 years of age. Please note that Woodlore use age-verification services for all UK axe, knife and blade purchases.

Further Information

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


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

  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.

Product Reviews

There are 47 reviews of the The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife

  1 of 47

  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

  2 of 47

  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

  3 of 47

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

  Nigel Watts
7th September, 2014

  4 of 47

  Excellent bit of kit. Nice weight and feel plus very sharp as my thumb can confirm! Leather sheath is good and does the job well so far.  

  Colin Townsend
4th September, 2014

  5 of 47

  WOW! A must-buy item, you will not be disappointed.  

  Joe Woodcock
23rd July, 2014

  6 of 47

  Bought this for my husbands birthday. He said its superb, the best knife he has ever used.  

  Susan Bishop
21st June, 2014

  7 of 47

  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.  

  Richard Coldridge
3rd June, 2014

  8 of 47

  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.  

22nd May, 2014

  9 of 47

  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.  

  Larry Myking
3rd March, 2014

  10 of 47

  Stunning service, fantastic product what more can I say?  

  Aynsley Storey
7th February, 2014

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