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Old 11-24-2014, 11:02 AM
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Loveless Influence

I was sitting at the computer this morning just browsing knife pictures here and on the web in general.

It is remarkable how many makers there are who are wholly dedicated to the Loveless style. A general search for Loveless knives will yield results where nearly half are 'Loveless style' knives ather than his genuine work.

Looking at the thumbnails is little help because many Loveless devotees even copy the look of the familiar football shaped maker's mark with little triangles on each side. Honestly, it was a tad frustrating trying to separate the real from the 'tributes'.

I guess that's the result of achieving legendary status by making very beautiful knives--everyone wants to be you.


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Old 11-24-2014, 09:02 PM
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Loveless was as good a designer as he was a knifemaker, IMO. I can easily understand why his designs are so often copied, they are as close to perfect as humans can get... nothing to add, nothing to take away, every line and curve just the way it should be. Even though I make a very different type of knife by very different processes, I have a great appreciation for his work.


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Old 11-26-2014, 07:14 AM
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I agree. Loveless style designs have excellent lines.

In fact, I would argue that he was a better designer than he was a maker, and he was a great maker.


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Old 11-26-2014, 04:33 PM
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Though I never got the chance to meet him, I understand that Loveless encouraged people to recreate his style(s). He was quite the inspiration for many. The drop point hunter wouldn't be as popular as it is without him.

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