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.  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.

“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

R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE MAKER RIVERSIDE, PROTOTYPE TAKE DOWN DAGGER-“RARE”!

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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE MAKER INTEGRAL STAG DROP POINT-SHEATH

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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE MAKER BATTLE KNIFE-FOSSIL MAMMOTH -SHEATH-RARE!!

$42,500.00
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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE MAKER BABY BEAR SUB-HILT STAG FIGHTER EXTREMELY RARE!

$28,500.00
End Date: Friday Oct-18-2019 17:36:29 PDT
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R.W. Loveless”Maker” Custom Combat/dagger Fighter Knife. Claymont,Delaware 1950s

$9,000.00
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Original R. W. Loveless Custom 3 1/4” STAG Hunter Knife Knives Mint SINGLE Nude

$4,995.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-17-2019 5:11:29 PST
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ken steigerwalt "loveless big bear" subhilt fighter double edged knife ... rare

$1,895.00
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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE “MAKER” JR. BEAR SUB HILT STAG FIGHTER-DOUBLE NUDE

$21,500.00
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Original R. W. Loveless Custom 40th Anniversary 6” Fighter Knife Knives Mint

$10,995.00
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Original George Herron Custom SMALL SUBHILT Loveless Baby Bear Knife Knives

$4,299.00
End Date: Sunday Oct-27-2019 6:04:17 PDT
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Original R. W. Loveless Custom HIDEOUT Ironwood Fighter Knife Knives Mint Signed

$11,999.00
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Original R. W. Loveless Custom Dixon Fighter BURGUNDY Micarta Knife Knives Mint

$9,750.00
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Loveless SUB-HILT knife, "LOVELESS & PARKE" Logo 1968, ultra rare

$17,500.00
End Date: Tuesday Oct-29-2019 3:08:06 PDT
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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM CHUTE KNIFE-DOUBLE NAKED LADY-RIVERSIDE,CALIF. MINT!

$9,250.00
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BUSTER WARENSKI -RICHFIELD, UTAH .CUSTOM DAGGER KNIFE-SHEATH-MINT. Loveless Era.

$7,250.00
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R.W. LOVELESS KNIFE MAKER INTEGRAL BIG BEAR STAG PORTRAIT LOGO-RARE!! BOOK KNIFE

$62,500.00
End Date: Friday Oct-18-2019 17:38:22 PDT
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Bob Loveless Drop Hunter Knife with Brass guard and two tone pins (RARE!!!)

$5,900.00
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R.W. LOVELESS CUSTOM KNIFE "MAKER" RIVERSIDE, CALIF. STAG FIGHTER-SHEATH-MINT!

$10,750.00
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R.W.Loveless-Merritt Custom Knife “Makers” Big Bear- Stag-Sub-Hilt Fighter

$24,500.00
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Loveless Utility knife "DELAWARE MAID"

$9,500.00
End Date: Thursday Oct-31-2019 4:27:48 PDT
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Loveless Hunter knife "Loveless & Parke Makers, Sierra Madre, Calif"

$12,500.00
End Date: Thursday Oct-31-2019 4:20:51 PDT
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Loveless Straight Hunter knife "DELAWARE MAID"

$8,500.00
End Date: Thursday Oct-31-2019 4:08:22 PDT
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Loveless Clip Point knife "DELAWARE MAID"

$6,900.00
End Date: Thursday Oct-31-2019 3:27:31 PDT
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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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R.W. Loveless Knife “Maker” 40th ANN. Fighter Knife-desert Ironwood-Sheath-Mint

$9,850.00
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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
End Date: Saturday Nov-9-2019 6:52:24 PST
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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, his knives 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.
picture courtesy of worthpoint.com

 

“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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