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The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife
Ray Mears Bushcraft

The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife

Brand: Ray Mears Bushcraft
Weight: 848 g         65 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.


Next Day Delivery possible

  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 65 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 65

  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

  2 of 65

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

  Jason Bolam

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 65

  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

  4 of 65

  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

  5 of 65

  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

  6 of 65

  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

  7 of 65

  Great piece of kit, as I have come to expect from Woodlore. The workmanship is mostly great. Feels good in the hand, great balance. The finish of the handle is the only small problem I can find in regards to the epoxy being slightly visible at the base of the blade and some scratching/poor finishing on the pins. Although, all these faults are minimal. I only mention them due to the high cost of the knife. The workmanship of the leather sheath is top notch, can't fault it at all. The display case is also very nice. Simple, but elegantly displays the knife. Overall, a fantastic knife that just feels good to use! Would highly recommend.  

  Kyall. F

Rated: 4/5

  8 of 65

  I've owned the Alan Wood version of this knife for around 15 years. For a couple of years prior to this I'd used a Fallkniven F1, which is a very good knife; it took me some time to get to know the Woodlore Knife and understand its nuances. Indeed, at first I was a little disappointed as it didn't seem to offer any anything over the F1. In time I started to get to grips with the Woodlore and so as I say it's been a constant companion for all these years. It is my go-to knife; I even use it in my kitchen. It's still going strong so purchasing the Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife was more of a little treat to myself - I'm worth it, as the advert on TV says! So I'll probably get some complaints about this but have received my new knife and can only say wow; the Woodlore Knife is very good but this is a level above! The quality of materials, fit, finish, presentation (my old Woodlore Knife didn't come in such a lovely box, just a jiffy bag)! The shape has changed a little and is a little closer to the spearpoint shape and the handle is quite a bit slimmer, but these are good things as I always thought the handle of the Woodlore Knife was a little wide and made the knife feel more tool-like if you know what I mean; that's to say it seemed to lack a little finesse. This is an expensive knife and not to be purchased on a whim but, that said, I've owned hundreds of knives over the years including some very expensive custom jobs. The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife is beautiful and a very functional knife; performance-wise it has all that the Woodlore Knife has. It instills the same confidence needed to do the job and gives you that smile of satisfaction each time you remove it from its sheath that says this knife was designed by someone who knows what they are doing and built by someone who cares about their art. I could go on but you get the picture; I'm very, very pleased with this knife and would unreservedly recommend it. You won't be disappointed!  

  Mark Pywell

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 65

  A fantastic piece of kit. Thought about buying this knife for a while and finally went for it. Not disappointed. Razor sharp, well balanced and beautifully finished. Already used it in the field and a real pleasure to use. I have not regretted this purchase in any way. Excellent.  

  C Horner

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 65

  The knife and sheath are very high quality bespoke items. I do, however, have two issues: 1. The sheath is very tight on the handle and the action of trying to remove the knife is causing damage to the inside of the sheath. 2. The handle has reacted with water/moisture when using the stones when sharpening the knife. I have rubbed down the swelling and treated the handle with beeswax cream specially made for oak.  

  Nick Phythian

Rated: 4/5

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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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