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The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife

Ray Mears Bushcraft

The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife


Weight: 848 g         96 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-crafted from start to finish by UK based Emberleaf Workshops, with every single detail made with great care by their passionate bladesmiths.

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 logo is laser etched 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 third form, updated in summer 2017, this latest version of the Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife comes fitted with a stunning handle made from a quality linen Micarta which gives not only a robust and stable knife, but one with a beautiful finish. Each handle is secured with Corby screw rivets, giving a more secure fastening, and finished with a smooth satin head.

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.

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 Emberleaf as they offer exceptional quality and understand the ethos and philosophy surrounding the knife, which is a fantastic alternative to the much in-demand Woodlore Knife.

  • Blade length: 110 mm
  • Overall length: 220 mm
  • Blade thickness: 4 mm
  • Weight (without sheath): 178 g
  • Steel: 01 High Carbon Tool Steel
  • Hardness: 59 hRc
  • Handle material: Black Micarta
  • Made in the UK

  Under UK law, this item can only be sold to persons over 18 years of age. Woodlore will need to verify your age before your order is dispatched. From January 2020 age will be checked on delivery. This item cannot be delivered to a locker.


  Next day delivery 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.

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 30 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 96 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 96

  I ordered this knife based on my experience of using one on the Winter Bushcraft Course in the Northern Forest. It is beautiful to look at and is well balanced and very sharp. The handle is comfortable and the sheath holds the knife securely and discreetly. It arrived in a lovely presentation box. It is beautifully made and definitely feels like it will last many lifetimes. I love carving things from wood and this knife is a real pleasure to use. I would recommend anyone who wants a serious bushcraft knife give this one serious consideration.  

  Mark Rollinson
3rd October, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 96

  A long thought about this purchase. Beautifully made, presented in a lovely box, a wonderful knife.  

  Alastair J
7th September, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 96

  Beautiful, it needs no further words from me.  

  Richard V
5th September, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 96

  Have almost purchased one of these knives in their many guises so many times and have always regretted not doing so when they are out of stock. As a tool you can see the thought that has gone into the design process and the workmanship from the makers. The handle fits perfectly in hand ( I’m a size 7 glove) it is contoured in such a way to be comfortable and to give secure confident grip in a variety of holds, the linen micarta scales are symmetrical, warm to touch and have a unique grain pattern, similar to wood but more resilient. The edge is razor sharp and easy to bring to a mirror polish, first testing making a simple feather stick resulted in fine curls and I look forward to putting this to use in a variety of tasks. The price is higher than many other similar knives however you do pay for the artisan craftsmanship from Emberleaf and the lifetime of experience and refinement from Mears, the made locally element also appealed as the maker is only a short drive away. The knife feels like a solid tool, and I have no trepidation in using it and ensuring it is in my kit for longer overseas trips, I believe the right combination of materials had been used and whilst a wooden handle would be more natural the feel, weight and pattern of the micarta gives it a charm of its own. The sheath is very snug and secure and the Woodlore team did swop the sheath to a left handed version, it is a lovely shade and the character of the leather is evident. I am incredibly happy to have joined the Woodlore knife fraternity after seeing my first example nearly 20 years ago as I first experienced bushcraft for the first time and it will be a tool I make great use of going forward. As always service and communication with Woodlore has been second to none.  

  Shaf Hansraj
27th August, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 96

  I absolutely respect the legacy of the Woodlore knife, however, I feel this one falls short of the promise. Don't get me wrong it's a great knife, just that I found so many other knives that are less expensive and have better quality materials. I wish the handle was made out of exotic wood or even wood in general, as in previous models. I find myself paying a lot of money for a plastic micarta, not plastic handle. Whatever happened to the brass rivets that gives the handle distinction? The other thing is that the handle is way too thin and my hand gets tired trying to get a hold of it. The ricasso is too wide, so of the most important parts of the blade is missing by a centimetre. The photo represents a cognac sheath, yet I received one that was nearly dark brown yet the strap was cognac as it was supposed to be (I wanted the cognac as advertised) that I paid for. The handle to blade is incongruous. The blade needs a longer handle. Am I content with the knife, yes, but would I purchase it retroactively in hindsight, no.  

22nd June, 2021

Rated: 3/5

Woodlore's Reply - 22nd June, 2021
Dear Edward, thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear you are not happy with the knife. The specifications of this knife has been set and produced for many years. The sheaths are proudly made in house my our own leather worker with no complaints. Please reach out to us here in the office should you wish to discuss this further.

  6 of 96

  Oozes quality. Not had a chance to use it yet, indeed I may decide to just stare at it now and then and shave a few arm hairs off. It is definitely heirloom material and looks like it will last a very long time. If I get to use it properly soon I will post another review.  

  Peter Kenward Smith
23rd May, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 96

  I haven't been able to get out and use this yet but it comes well presented and perfectly sharpened. The micarta scales and finish is superb plus it comes with a quality leather sheath to accommodate the knife. Yes it's a bit pricey for O1 steel but it is without doubt a quality piece and functionally exquisite.  

  Darrel Singh
19th March, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 96

  Beautiful and functional, any Woodlorian knows that a knife has a soul of it's own and my knife sings. It's exactly as Ray would want, a joy and a pleasure to use. My thanks to the craftsman who fashioned this knife, they are worthy.  

  Chris Netherton
25th December, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 96

  Excellent knife. I ran it over a strop which gave it a shaving razor edge. Not the cheapest knife you're ever going to buy but definitely one that you'll be able to pass on to your children.  

  Mark Reid
16th December, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 96

  Fantastic quality knife, great fit and finish. This model has a slimmer profile handle which I prefer to the Woodlore knife. Already had plenty of use and will be used on the courses I have booked with Woodlore.  

8th July, 2019

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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