Well, here it is...the official Ray Mears Woodlore.
I really don't know what to say about it that isn't already known but there is definitely something special about this knife and I can certainly see why so many makers are doing "tribute" pieces.
The blade to handle ratio is just right.
The thickness is just right.
The handle shape is just right.
The overall length is just right. The blade length is just right.
It's comfortable in every grip (every one I use anyway...)
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Frankly, the only thing I might change about this knife is the handle material. As you may be able to make out in the pictures, the tang is slightly proud now that the scales have shrunk from the dry winter air. A synthetic like micarta or G10 wouldn't do that but they also don't have the same look and feel of old wood.
I'll tell you this much, dear readers, this knife won't look quite so pretty the next time you see it.
I have resisted cutting anything since it arrived because I had never gotten pictures of it fresh from the box. Now I've got 'em...
So, I've got my grail knife. It doesn't get any better than that does it?
Well, there may be another trick or two up my sleeve...including a knife I drew from scratch that should be out of heat treat and ready for finishing as you're reading this.
You know it's going to be good if a guy who has a BRAND NEW WOODLORE is anxiously awaiting its arrival. :)
Thanks for reading,