The Woodlore Knife Pro, designed by Ray and evolved from the original, is a stunning tool for professionals, hand-made by the revered British knife maker Emberleaf Workshops. The uncompromised quality of materials used to make this remarkable knife are matched by bladesmiths Dean and Joel's skill, care and experience.
Woodlore are very proud to be working with Emberleaf Workshops on this knife after the very sad passing of one of the world’s most talented knife makers, Stephen Wade Cox in 2016. Ray and Woodlore have chosen to work with the UK based knife maker as they offer exceptional quality and understand the ethos and philosophy surrounding the knife. Hand-crafted from start to finish, every single detail is made with great care by their passionate bladesmiths, with whom we have a strong and growing relationship since 2017.
Expertly crafted from O1 High Carbon Tool Steel, tapering from 5mm to 3.8mm, 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 Emberleaf 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 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 enclosed in an exclusive presentation case, embossed with the Ray Mears 'Snowshoe' logo.
We are very pleased to be working with Emberleaf Workshops, allowing us to offer this fantastic improvement to the much-in-demand Woodlore Knife. Emberleaf's original sample was tested thoroughly in the field in the UK 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 a small 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 cryogenically treated carbon tool steel
- Hardness: 59 HRC
- Handle Material: Black Linen Micarta
- Fixings: Corby Rivet And Stainless Steel lanyard tube
- Weight without sheath: 195g
- Blade Length: 113mm
- Overall Length: 224mm
- Grind: Scandinavian
- Tang: Tapered tang to 2.5mm
- Blade Thickness: 5mm – distal taper to 3.8mm