Stephen Wade Cox

Stephen Wade Cox

Stephen Wade Cox

It is with deep regret that Woodlore must pass on this sad and tragic news:

“Yesterday morning I received the news that Stephen Wade Cox had passed away. I speak for all the team when I say that we were profoundly upset by such an unexpected tragedy.  Over the past eight years we had come to recognise his astonishing and ever growing talent as a knife maker. A perfectionist and thorough professional, he was a joy to work with. Throughout this year I had worked very closely with him in the development of the Woodlore Knife Pro. This provided me the opportunity to know him better. There was much to admire in Stephen, he was calm, cheerful, thoughtful and a reliable man who loved his children. As a professional he was incredibly skilful but also humble, always at pains to honour the craftsmanship of the other knife makers who had inspired him. In his passing, Great Britain has lost one of the Worlds most talented knife makers.

Stephen will be a sorely missed member of the Woodlore Team. He last visited us just a few days ago when he had been looking forward to a holiday, full of joy and happiness. This is how I shall always remember him; smiling, happy and certain in the knowledge that his talents were fully appreciated.” – Ray Mears

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this heartrending time.

12 thoughts on “Stephen Wade Cox

  1. Kyall

    Honoured to own a SWC/ Ray Mears knife. Will be a treasured (but well-used!) knife. Condolences to his family.

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  2. Richard Douglass

    Steve was a true craftsman and knifemaker of the highest order, a devastating time for his family, but he has left a legacy which can not be forgotten.
    I have admired his work over the years and it is such a shame we will no longer see any more.

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  3. Charles Kinnaird

    Many thanks for all of your kind words and heart felt condolences on behalf of my wife Lindsay Kinnaird (Formerly Wooten) Stephen’s cousin.

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  4. Ricky

    Very sad news indeed. True craftsman, finished lovely knifes and blanks! I thought it was a real nice touch on his latest knife being numbered. Something satisfying about knowing when your knife is made. Rip to one of the best knife makers around

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  5. Anonymous

    Being a 15+ year user of the origianal Woodlore WK1 and having not long received a Woodlore Pro and enjoying getting to know it I am deeply saddened by the news of Stevens passing and though I did not know the man personally my Woodlore Pro is tangible evidence of Stevens skill, dedication and talent. A very great loss, my condolences to his family and friends

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  6. Colin D. Cooper

    Just wanted to say how upset I was to hear this awful news. I had met with Stephen on several occasions and always enjoyed his company. As a knife maker he will be sorely missed but as a person, the loss will be far greater.
    My deepest condolences to his family.

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  7. paul butler

    Words can not express Stephen as a Dedicated family man, master of his trade and to many a friend. I am lucky to have spent some time with Stephen and some of his many friends and his family and as it is for me i know i speak for every one when i say “a life time would not be enough time, as Stephen was a man of many levels and talented beyond most peoples dreams”.
    My family and I send our love, condolences and want Stephens family and closest friends to know our thoughts are with them all.
    Finally to Stephen, your kindness, cups of tea, advice, helpfulness, attempts at getting a time on food delivery (knife club thing), poems, and new but never forgotten friendship will always make me smile and i was blessed to have known you, Rest In Peace.

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