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The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife

Ray Mears Bushcraft

The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife


Weight: 848 g         102 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 and a check will also be carried out upon 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 102 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 102

  Beautifully made knife where every detail is purposeful. Everything you need and nothing you don't. I already brought it on a backpacking trip and it was everything I could have hoped for. I'm sure it will last me a lifetime. Thank you!  

  Kristian L.
25th September, 2023

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 102

  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.  

24th May, 2023

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 102

  Like anyone who would spend this kind of money on a knife, I have quite a collection of custom fixed blades. The fit and finish on the Ray Mears bushcraft knife is ideal. The hardware as well as the tang is seamless with the scales, it's not uncommon to be able to catch your fingernail on the slightest edge on even some of the best knives out there. Plunge lines are perfect, scandi grind is consistent the length of the blade. This knives quality is very good. It came razor Sharp, and the leather selection for the sheath is very good. In a similar price range I would say that this knife is extremely well made and can compete with and in it's size and function category. It is comfortable in hand for me with large hands and easy on the eyes. For a knife collector I would recommend this blade if you can get your hands on it.  

  Brandon Kidd
21st January, 2023

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 102

  This is a work of art!  

  Severo Henry
24th May, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 102

  Extremely high quality product, the fit and finish is superb and the Leather Sheath is the highest quality. The Black Micarta Handle is very robust and durable and the use of 01 Carbon Steel the blade is durable and will hold a sharp edge. The Knife out of the box is the sharpest I have seen, with my collection of Custom Knives including products for the US, Japan, Scandinavia, Europe and the UK, this knife is second to none. Great service and very quick delivery.  

  Graham Hill
1st February, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 102

  An absolute joy of a knife! Cuts through wood like butter, easy to handle as you carve through wood. Makes good feather sticks , great when used for food prep, and solid enough to split wood if necessary, wouldn’t advise it, better to use an axe for such purpose. An excellent knife with Ray Mears, the legend of Bushcraft behind it, its quality and craftsmanship. Love it.  

  Daniel Llorens
11th December, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 102

  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

  8 of 102

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

  Alastair J
7th September, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 102

  Beautiful, it needs no further words from me.  

  Richard V
5th September, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 102

  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

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

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