R.W. Loveless (1929 – 2010) or Bob Loveless was a custom knife maker who popularized hollow ground drop point blades and fully tapered tangs.  He was born in Ohio and began making knives in 1954.  Design, beauty and usefulness made R.W. Loveless knives popular throughout the world.  He was committed to making the knife an extension of the hand, both blade and handle.  Popular patterns that were made include Deleware Maids (1954-1960), Baby Bear, Big Bear, Nessmuk Skinner, Chute knives, combat / fighter knives, etc.  Among his customers were the US Army Special Forces and the CIA.  He served as Gerber knives lead designer during his career as well.  R.W Loveless knives are legendary and are increasingly prized by collectors.  A nice assortment of Bob Loveless knives are for sale below.

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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE MAKER DIXON FIGHTER-STAG-LOADED-MINT!!

$15,500.00
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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIVES CAMP & FIELD KNIFE/DOUBLE NUDE -SIGNED SHEATH-MINT!

$4,750.00
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Original R. W. Loveless Custom LAWNDALE Walnut Boot Fighter Knife Knives Mint

$8,995.00
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Original R. W. Loveless Custom HIDEOUT Ironwood Fighter Knife Knives Mint Signed

$12,999.00
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R.W.LOVELESS KNIFE MAKER SEMI SKINNER KNIFE-SIGNED SHEATH-LOADED-MINT!

$7,250.00
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R.W.LOVELESS #118 Single rugby Mark Drop point 3.5 Knife

$8,800.00
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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE MAKER BATTLE KNIFE FIGHTER/SHEATH-EXTREMELY RARE!

$24,000.00
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R.W. LOVELESS KNIFE MAKER DROP POINT HUNTER-LOADED-SIGNED SHEATH-MINT!

$7,500.00
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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE MAKER 4” STRAIGHT HUNTER HALF TANG-RARE!

$6,798.00
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JOHN YOUNG CUSTOM “HARRY ANCHOR” CHUTE KNIFE-RAMS HORN-LOVELESS INSPIRED-MINT!

$1,850.00
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R.W. LOVELESS KNIFE SHEATH

$1,995.00
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R.W. LOVELESS KNIFE SHEATH

$2,495.00
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R.W. LOVELESS KNIFE MAKER INTEGRAL STAG FIGHTER-PORTRAIT LOGO-SHEATH-RARE !!

$52,500.00
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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE MAKER LAWNDALE, CALIF. GUT HOOK KNIFE/SHEATH

$9,500.00
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R. W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE MAKER BIG BEAR SUB HILT FIGHTER-DOUBLE NUDE-INITIALS

$25,000.00
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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE MAKER BIG BEAR SUB HILT FIGHTER KNIFE-SIGNATURE LOGO.

$26,500.00
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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE MAKER MINI WILDERNESS-STAG-DOUBLE NUDE LADY LOGO-MINT

$11,750.00
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R.W. LOVELESS MAKER CUSTOM LAWNDALE, CALIF. CAPER FINN KNIFE-SHEATH-1970-UNUSED

$5,250.00
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Loveless Utility knife "DELAWARE MAID"

$9,500.00
End Date: Sunday May-31-2020 4:27:48 PDT
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Loveless Hunter knife "Loveless & Parke Makers, Sierra Madre, Calif"

$12,500.00
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Loveless Straight Hunter knife "DELAWARE MAID"

$8,500.00
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Loveless Clip Point knife "DELAWARE MAID"

$6,900.00
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Loveless Utility knife "DELAWARE MAID"

$9,500.00
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Loveless Drop Hunter knife "DELAWARE MAID"

$9,500.00
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Loveless Utility knife "DELAWARE MAID"

$9,500.00
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“What’s the point of a new knife in a museum or a cabinet? That’s for history to decide, not the knifemaker.”

– R.W. (Bob) Loveless

Interesting Facts:

  • His first knife sold for $14 to Abercrombie & Fitch and by the time of his death, were selling for up to $20,000.  Since then some have sold for $150,000.
  • While serving with the Merchant Marine, he forged his first knife from an old Packard automobile spring in the early 1950’s.
  • Bob Loveless would not sell a combat / fighting knife to anyone unless they showed identification, proving they worked in a hazardous profession.
  • In addition to the United States, R.W. Loveless knives are / were very popular is Japan, revered for their beauty, balance and usefulness.
  • At one point during the 1980’s, there was a five year wait for Loveless knives.
  • A drop point blade, which Loveless made popular, features a convex spine curving down from the handle to the tip of the blade.
  • Loveless passed away at his home in Riverside, CA in 2010.

“When a man picks up a knife, there’s an old memory from the collective unconscious that surfaces. A knife is an atavistic experience. It was man’s first tool and weapon. Man was chipping flint into cutting edges before he invented the wheel. No matter how sophisticated we become, a knife takes us back to the cave.”

– R. W. Loveless

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