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 COLLECTORS CLUB KNIFE SEMI SKINNER-UNUSED.

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R.W.LOVELESS knife Camp & Field Stag Handle Double Nude

$8,500.00
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R.W.LOVELESS Rugby Mark Utility 4 Knife Satin finish No Loveless Sheath

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R.W.LOVELESS # 034 W Rugby Mark Sheath Knife

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R.W.LOVELESS # 170 Rugby Mark Sheath Knife

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R.W.LOVELESS Lawndale 4.5 Boot knife No Loveless Sheath

$9,700.00
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R.W.LOVELESS # 464 Rugby Mark 3.5 Semi-skinner Knife Satin finish Rare model

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R.W.LOVELESS # 432 Single rugby Mark Utility 4 Knife

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R.W.LOVELESS #118 Single rugby Mark Drop point 3.5 Knife

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R.W.LOVELESS #805 Single nude Mark Drop point 3.5 Knife

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R.W.LOVELESS Lawndale&SAFARILAND SKINNER Knife

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R.W.LOVELESS # 314 W Nude Mark 4.75 drop point Knife

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R.W.LOVELESS # 297 Single Nude Mark 3.5 Semi-skinner Knife

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Original R. W. Loveless Custom SATIN Finish HALF TANG Drop Knife Knives RARE

$5,895.00
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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE MAKER MINI WILDERNESS-STAG-DOUDLE NUDE LADY LOGO-MINT

$11,750.00
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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE MAKER 6-1/2” FIGHTER-SHEATH-EARLY RIVERSIDE-MINT!

$10,750.00
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R.W. LOVELESS MAKER CUSTOM LAWNDAlE, CALIF. CAPER FINN KNIFE-SHEATH-1970-UNUSED

$5,650.00
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Original R. W. Loveless Custom LAWNDALE Walnut Boot Fighter Knife Knives Mint

$9,499.00
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Original R. W. Loveless Custom 40th Anniversary 6” Fighter Knife Knives Mint

$8,999.00
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Original R. W. Loveless Custom HIDEOUT Ironwood Fighter Knife Knives Mint Signed

$10,999.00
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Original R. W. Loveless Custom Dixon Fighter BURGUNDY Micarta Knife Knives Mint

$9,750.00
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Loveless Utility knife "DELAWARE MAID"

$9,500.00
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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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Loveless OLD BOWIE SUB-HILT KNIFE "DELAWARE MAID" one of kind

$17,500.00
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LOVELESS COMBAT KNIFE - DELAWARE 1956 - ONE OF KIND!!!

$14,750.00
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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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