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Ray Mears Crooked Knife

Ray Mears Bushcraft

Ray Mears Crooked Knife


Weight: 120 g         10 reviews
The Ray Mears Crooked Knife is a high quality woodcarving tool made from O1 carbon steel and finished with a beautiful ash handle. Each knife is handmade to a design of Ray's own specification by the esteemed British blacksmith Andy Kirkham.

Ray requested Andy's help in the summer of 2013, when he needed a number of custom crooked knives made for use on Woodlore's first ever Birch Bark Canoe Building course. These specialist tools performed so well during the intensive week-long project that it was an obvious choice to begin stocking them for other budding woodworkers to get their hands on.

The blade of the Ray Mears Crooked Knife has been designed with a far mellower curve than is often seen, meaning it functions more like a one-handed drawknife than your standard crooked knife. It is this feature which makes the Ray Mears Crooked Knife better suited to projects where long, flat panels of wood are needed, such as when building canoes, paddles or snowshoes, to give just a few examples.

This tool comes complete with a fitted handle of oiled ash. The handle has been carefully designed and shaped to aid easy carving over long periods of time.

Andy Kirkham produces a number of items for both Ray and Woodlore, including our ever-popular Steel Strikers.

  • Blade length: 95 mm
  • Overall length: 280 mm
  • Handle circumference: 100 mm
  • Steel: O1 Carbon Steel
  • Handle: Ash with oil finish
  • Weight: 120 g
  • Handmade by Andy Kirkham
  • Exclusive to Woodlore
  • Subtle Andy Kirkham engraving

  Under UK law, this item can only be sold to persons over 18 years of age. Please note that Woodlore will need to verify your age before your order can be dispatched.


  Delivery in 1-2 days within the United Kingdom
  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 at weekends, so any orders placed after 2PM GMT on a Friday will not be dispatched until the following Monday.

Orders with a total value over £300.00 will be dispatched free via a next day delivery service within the UK at no extra cost.

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

  Overseas deliveries
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. You are responsible for the cost of returning items.

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

Ray Mears Crooked Knife is rated 5/5 based on 10 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 10

  This is an awesome little tool, well designed and fits the hand very well you also have the ability to refit if blade or handle are damaged, this is very handy if you're out, just pop the binding, resharpen or carve another handle and bind up again. I had to think outside the box a little when I first picked it up because you can use this tool for different applications somewhat beyond basic carving jobs. Another point to mention is the balance and ergonomics, obviously traditional, yet brilliantly functional, as if an extension of the hand, it's very comfortable and not fatiguing to use once you become accustomed to using it. For example if you suffer from aches and pains or tendonitus in the hands, the way this tool is designed is very forgiving of such conditions and will allow you to extend your carving sessions beyond normal expectations. Everything I've purchased from your shop has been such high quality and its obvious you put a lot of passion and effort into your work, respect and admiration to your team and the craftsmanship. If you are interested in handcrafting wooden items or carving of any kind you should order one of these at the nearest opportunity, very highly recommended.  

  Daniel Spain
24th July, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 10

  Nice shape in the hand, good metal is used.  

  Yves Sempels
15th September, 2017

Rated: 4/5

  3 of 10

  First class. I would recommend this to any one.  

  E G Martin-allan
12th July, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 10

  Just received a couple of days ago, I love it, it really is a very well made knife and works a dream, well worth the purchase. Peace always Bob.  

  Robert Taylor
22nd June, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 10

  This is a beautiful piece of kit. Very high quality. I ordered this crooked knife after I got the S. Djarv Hantverk crooked knife. This is an absolute masterpiece. It fits my hand like I carved the handle myself, and is very comfortable to use. The blade came sharp enough to work with right out of the box. I have touched it up since and the steel takes an edge very well. I am so happy with this knife. Great work from Woodlore.  

  Ryan Quinn
3rd March, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 10

  This Crooked Knife was not nearly as sharp as I was expecting and needed sharpening. Also the sweep of the knife wasn't as expected. The description said it was bent more for flattening and I did not expect there to be so much curve all the way down the blade. The handle was larger than I was expecting and uncomfortable to grip. I had to grip almost a full 2 inches back from the blade. The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife fits very well in my hand as per the size referenced. After having used this crooked knife I'm unsure if I want to purchase an alternative stocked large crooked knife blade as possibly I will also be disappointed in the blade. I could make a new handle for my purchased crooked knife, but I can't flatten the blade out.  

26th August, 2016

Rated: 2/5

  7 of 10

  Very impressed with this product, superb level of build and craftsmanship. Look forward to using it for various woodwork crafts. Fast delivery and service.  

  Malcolm Lemmon
1st July, 2015

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 10

  I am highly impressed with the perfect, seamless and friendly service from Woodlore.  

  Nick Wood
13th June, 2015

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 10

  Amazing craftsmanship! Very comfortable in the hand and easy to control. I would recommend this to anyone with large carving projects. A must for bushcraft!  

  Chris North
17th April, 2014

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 10

  Superb, got this just in time before it went out of stock again, can't wait to use this, brilliant craftsmanship once again from Ray's shop, thank you.  

  Craig Allen Rayner
22nd December, 2013

Rated: 5/5

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