This product is no longer available due to the sad passing of Stephen Wade Cox.
The Woodlore Knife Pro, newly designed by Ray and evolved from the original Woodlore Knife
, is a stunning tool for professionals, hand-made by the revered British knife maker Stephen Wade Cox. The uncompromised quality of materials used to make this remarkable knife are matched by Stephen's skill, care and experience.
Expertly crafted from O1 High Carbon Tool Steel, tapering from 5mm to 3.5mm, the 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 Woodlore wolf head logo and also includes the designer R.Mears and maker S.W. Cox names positioned each side. Each knife will also carry its own unique number on the reverse.
The material of the handle was deliberated over in great detail in order to find the perfect balance between comfort and function. Ultimately, the beauty and functionality of the robust and stable material, Black Micarta was chosen.
The Woodlore Knife Pro comes complete with a specially designed bespoke, right-handed leather belt sheath; another hand-made item made to exceptionally high standards. The knife sheath has been redesigned to compliment the lines of the new Woodlore knife: tapering with the blade, with a steeper slope at the mouth of the sheath and featuring gently defined curves punctuated by an 'elbow' where the base of the handle sits. Double stitching in the area of the handle will maintain a good fit here throughout the life of the sheath and the addition of a shaped belt loop allows the wearer to tilt the sheath on the belt for comfort when sitting.
The sheathed knife is then enclosed in an exclusive presentation case, embossed with the Ray Mears 'Snowshoe' logo.
We are very pleased to be working with again Stephen Wade Cox, allowing us to offer this fantastic impovement to the much-in-demand Woodlore Knife. Stephen's original sample was tested thoroughly in the field in the UK and overseas by Ray to make sure it could meet the high demands of bushcraft use - suffice to say this is now Ray's number one choice.
There were a number of occasions that I wished for a slightly different blade shape. This radically different blade shape has evolved from 30 years use and reflects precisely what I wanted my knife to do without sacrificing the strength.
The knife has a more tapered point for fine carving and for carving small a radius. The 25 degree edge is in my opinion the domain angle for use in temperate Arctic environments.
This is not a beginners' knife but a knife designed by a professional for professionals. The no nonsense nature of the knife is also reflected in the choice of Micarta for the handle scales together with the stainless steel bolts. The leather sheath has also had a slight make over to enable the knife to swivel to a more comfortable position when seated in a canoe or vehicle.
- Ray Mears
- Steel: O1 High Carbon Tool Steel
- Hardness: 58 hRc (+/- ½ degree)
- Handle Material: Black Micarta
- Weight without sheath: 195g
- Blade Length: 113mm
- Overall Length: 224mm
- Grind: Flat
- Tang: Tapered, blade-heavy
- Blade Thickness: 5mm – tapered away from the handle