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The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife
Ray Mears Bushcraft

The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife

Brand: Ray Mears Bushcraft
Weight: 848 g         69 reviews
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 Wade 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

  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.

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  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


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

The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife is rated 5/5 based on 69 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 69

  A most excellent knife. Thank you Woodlore.  

  Benjamin D Tipping

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 69

  Absolute class, detailed perfection, a real piece of craft.  

  Robert Hanrahan

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 69

  Staff really helpful on contact. Item despatched immediately and was with me next day. My adult son said it was the best Christmas present he had ever had. Thank you all.  

  Barbara Ann Davis

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 69

  Wonderful craftsmanship that I'm proud to own. Very sad news about its maker.  


Rated: 5/5

  5 of 69

  This knife performs and works as intended. Very sharp, 3mm thickness, well balanced and good hand fit. It works great with my fire steel and is not too heavy at all. I am very happy with this purchase. The Woodlore Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife is a great knife for bushcraft and outdoors ventures.  

  Emmanouel Petinos

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 69

  Excellent product. Arrived within an acceptable time frame and was precisely as ordered.  

  Jason Bolam

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 69

  Stunning piece of kit, once you pick it up you don't want to put it down. Working with this with the factory edge is simply the sharpest I have EVER seen! Shipped internationally with a statutory holiday and postal delays in 5 business days. UNBELIEVABLE.  

  David Alexander

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 69

  Great product. Took delivery of this knife on Tuesday (ordered late on Friday). Wanted a Woodlore Knife but sadly not available anymore. Don't stress. This knife is awesome. I've wanted one for 10 years plus and now I own one. Superb craftsmanship and totally worth the money.  

  Mark Andrew Norris

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 69

  Beautiful piece of kit, especially the oak handle and the tapered tang. Came razor sharp and is perfectly balanced. My son is over the moon with it.  

  Luke Dolman

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 69

  Excellent handcrafted knife. Beautiful oak handle. Tapered tang is a tell tale of true knife handmade craftsmanship. Scandal grind is sharp, holds an edge and easy to sharpen. Splits wood with ease and shaves sticks easily. Leather sheath wonderful. O1 tool steel a great choice. Great design Mr. Mears and SWC is a hell of a knifemaker. Thank you.  

  Michael Carter

Rated: 5/5

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Is it possible to buy this knife with a left-handed sheath?

Yes, this is possible. Please contact us before placing your order.

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