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What a wonderful knife, an extravagant purchase by my usual standards, but it was to celebrate a big birthday! The build quality was the first thing that struck me, the work that went into the knife and sheath are truly sublime and unlike any of the more affordable knives that I've handled up to this point. The handle has a lovely shape to it which sits very nicely in the hand. One of the things that led me to purchase this knife was the fact that the design was influenced by the previous version made by Wilkinson Sword. That knife had a relatively narrow blade design which, I felt, lent itself very nicely to all manner of campcraft and woodcraft projects. Since taking delivery of this knife a few weeks ago, I have found it a pleasure to use around camp and use it I have, this knife is no drawer queen that's for sure! It has prepared feathersticks, split down primary fuel for the fire, made tent pegs, cooking rigs and has been put to task on a few whittling projects. It takes it all in it's stride and at the end of each day, it's wiped clean, stropped and ready to take on the next challenge. I'm not a knife collector, but I do appreciate good craftwork and this knife exemplifies that, it's quite possibly the last utility/'bushcraft' knife that I'll ever buy. If there was one thing that I'd change about this knife, it would be the blade thickness. For a multi-purpose knife such as this, I've always felt that 4mm is a bit excessive. 3mm or there abouts is the sweet spot in my humble opinion, giving the user a knife that is more agile for crafting, yet strong enough for the heavy duty tasks such as firewood prep and batoning. But with that said and done, I'm splitting hairs here and the Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife is a fantastic product.
Gavin24th May, 2023