The Grinding Stone | R.W. Loveless Custom Drop-Point Knife
With a name like R.W. Loveless Knifemakers, how could one not assume they were dealing with a man that pioneered the days of rough and tough knife toting. Among the many knife makers out there that produce disposable and dulling blades, one stands out among the masses – and for lack of a better phrase, has kept its edge. The knives are part art, heirloom and tool – a partner to be held dear and outlive you, only to become a partner to those that follow.
Robert W. Loveless was an Ohio native that was widely regarded as one of the most innovative master knife makers to date. Even though he passed in September of 2010, his creations and art survive and still lasts under the home of R.W. Loveless knives. As a young man, Loveless would join the Merchant Marines during WWII, and become greatly inspired by the knife fights he would watch in foreign ports. In 1953, when Loveless looked to acquire a Walter Doane Randall knife in NYC and learned of the difficulty to obtain one, he set out to make his own. Forged from the hardened steel of a 1937 Packard coupe, Loveless would make his first knife. And it certainly wouldn’t be his last. While his first knife for Abercrombie & Fitch sold for $17, he would find himself producing such a highly sought after product, that his knives would command the coin that most high end watches would.
Above we have one of the last R.W. Loveless creations before the maker passed. Made in South Africa from the grain of wood root, is a Custom R.W. Loveless knife made for the New York City Beretta Gallery. Intended as a hunting knife, the blade features a thick gauge, a solid weight, and a perfectly balanced relationship between handle and steel. All and all, it is a work of art to be appreciated and ultimately treasured.
Under the stewardship of Jim Stewart, the company lives on and R.W. Loveless knives are readily available for all to treasure. For those in the market for one in New York City, a finely curated Beretta Store is the place to go. If you aren’t comfortable with spending that kind of money on something that very well proves useless within the confines of Manhattan, we still highly recommend the visit to the Beretta Gallery on Madison Avenue as it is an experience, all within its own. For those that do bring an R.W. Loveless knife to a gun fight, prepare for a game of show-and-tell with your newly befriended adversary.