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