Loveless Inspired

I’ve been in a sort of creative rut the last few months and decided that I needed to ‘reset’ some things and go back to the roots of where I started. Also… after reading a book on Japanese craftsmanship (the ‘Unknown Craftsman’) I started thinking about things made in an American context that fit the ideas put forth in that book. What I’ve made might seem like a surprise to some.. but to me the knives made by Bob Loveless, especially his drop point hunter, are a paradigm of utility, high craftsmanship and aesthetics. Bob was not an artist.. he was a craftsman that perfected his work by making lots and lots of similar knives over and over again. So.. I thought I would challenge myself by making my own version of a Loveless drop point hunter as an exercise in fit and finish… and making a simple, functional knife. I followed his book ‘How to Make Knives’ as closely as I could including the soldered guard (why don’t people do that anymore!?). The knife that I’ve made doesn’t match the perfection of finish that you see in the originals.. but hopefully it captures the spirit, with some of my own thrown in. When you pick it up you immediately feel the solidness, feel and balance that made this such a powerful design. The blade is 80CVR2, 19th century shear steel guard from an old dock spike and stained boxwood with red liners. The sheath was made by following Bob’s instructions. So this will be up for sale soon… and likely I will never make a knife like this again.

This knife is currently available at $300. Shipping will be calculated based on location.

 

4 Comments

  1. I bought a droppoint from bob loveless in about 74: loved it.

    How hard is your steel in this?

    • Scott Roush

      Hi Terry… Hard and tough. The geometry is what is really important and I use a very subtle convex grind that puts enough meat behind the very thin edge to make it very tough.. yet very sharp.

      • Mark Banks

        Hi Scott–
        Loveless knives are exquisite, especially before he started doing blades with nudes on them. I admire your effort to make a “Loveless” style blade. He certainly made a classic. That said, I’d suggest not trying to sell your version of someone else’s masterpiece. Perhaps a learning experience for you; but too many other good and great bladesmiths have tried to knock off his work.
        Best–Mark Banks

        • Scott Roush

          Mark, The greatest compliment a maker can get is for somebody to copy their work. Especially when full credit is given. Sorry.. I do not agree. Knocking it off without acknowledgement is another matter.

          Best,

          Scott

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