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The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife
Ray Mears Bushcraft

The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife

SKU: 000743
Brand: Ray Mears Bushcraft
Weight: 848 g         57 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 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.

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 57 customer reviews

  1 of 57

  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.  


Rated: 5/5

  2 of 57

  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.  


Rated: 4/5

  3 of 57

  Great design. Pure and simple, but well thought out! Also purchased the set of Ice Bear Waterstones and the optional medium grit to maintain the knife with, and was very impressed. I'm seventy years old, four tour Vietnam vet with 75th Ranger Division and have never been without a knife since age six. Grew up on a farm, raised and butchered our own animals, hunted and fished, and an avid backpacker and hiker until I lost my spine. I know a little about knives as I have a collection of over 500, with 25% being hand-made custom models. Take it from me - yours is prized!  


Rated: 5/5

  4 of 57

  Well, what is there to say that hasn't been said? It's a Ray Mears knife for those of us who didn't make the 10 year waiting list for the original. It's beautifully made, comes with a leather sheath that feels like it'll last a lifetime of use. Functionally the same as a Woodlore knife. The wood on the handle isn't as pretty as some, but that's the smallest consideration when I'm looking for a tool to do a job, and it's a handsome piece nonetheless.  


Rated: 5/5

  5 of 57

  Really nice and I'm impressed with the quality and the thickness of the blade.  


Rated: 5/5

  6 of 57

  My knife arrived the following day. As always, prompt and proper service from Woodlore! The knife itself has been on my wish list for a while now, but I listened to all the doubters - 'It's just the name you're paying for!' Well, I wish I'd trusted my instincts before when somebody on one of the courses I attended let me handle thier knife... It just felt right in my hand and it's perfectly balanced. The sheath is subtle and slim too! As with all tools it takes time to develop your skills, but having used it this week for things like feather sticks there is a real difference and I put this down to it being a quality tool. Is it expensive... Really? For what goes into to producing it, no. You get what you pay for. With the added peice of mind that if there were ever an issue Woodlore can be trusted to sort it out. As usual a quality item with great service!  


Rated: 5/5

  7 of 57

  WOW. The build quality of the knife is stunning. Every effort has been made to make this knife a pleasure to use, cuts effortlessly, and has amazing balance and feel. Keeps its edge very well, a quick strop restores the edge back as new. Just what I would expect from Woodlore.  


Rated: 5/5

  8 of 57

  A work of art and a great service by Woodlore. In one word, fantastic.  


Rated: 5/5

  9 of 57

  My Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife arrived today. Lovely presenentation box. Very high quality, perfectly weighted knife with a beautiful leather sheath. Thank you very much for the perfect service.  


Rated: 5/5

  10 of 57

  After much thought, I decided to buy this knife. I am an avid outdoorsman in the US and have 3 high quality custom knives (including the Ray Mears Bushcrafter). This knife is simply superb! Everything about it, the weight, the sharpness, EVERYTHING is just incredible! The feel of it in my hands had me longing to take it outside. Stephen Wade Cox obviously puts his soul into these knives and, strange as it may sound, you can feel it. If you are thinking about getting this knife, do it! This has quickly become my favorite bushcraft blade. There is no doubt this knife will last well long enough to be passed to my children. It has been a long time since I have been so excited about a knife. A big thanks to my friends across the ocean!  


Rated: 5/5

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