Knifemaking with Bob Loveless: Build Knives with a Living by Durwood Hollis

By Durwood Hollis

Blade aficionados will enjoy colour images from inside of Bob Loveless' knife store, and of his knives, as writer Durwood Hollis information Loveless' stock-removal approach to knife making, instruments of the alternate, designs, warmth treating and tempering of blade metal, handles, sheaths, knife care and upkeep, and guidance for the field.

Bob Loveless, a member of the Blade journal Cutlery corridor Of Fame©, gave up the ghost on Sept. 2, 2010, on the age of eighty one. He used to be often called the daddy of the fashionable customized knife stream, the fellow who popularized the dropped hunter, gigantic undergo sub-hilt fighter and different knives, and, in addition to Richard Barney, co-wrote How To Make Knives, the precursor to this book.

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One of the most unusual knives to ever come out of the Loveless shop is this upside-down fixed-blade guthook. While a guthook style blade isn’t very pretty, it works exceedingly well when opening an animal’s abdominal cavity without slicing into the underlying viscera. (Image: John Denton) Loveless: “I’ve been retired from active involvement in knife making for a number of years. I do continue to make minor adjustments on many of my designs and Jim Merritt still builds Loveless knives here in the shop.

In reality, both types are important tools to have in your shop,” Bob said. You can purchase a new grinder/buffer combination, or build one yourself with easily obtainable components. There are even instructions on building your own grinder/buffer that can be found in books or on the Web that provide step-by-step directions. Drill press A drill press is a knife maker’s essential. However, a new drill press can be an expensive proposition. If you’re just getting started making knives, an electric hand drill can handle many assignments.

Loveless: “Most of the knives I’ve made were designed to be working tools. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than when a customer calls or writes and tells me how well one of my knives performed in the field. Of course, a few of my knives have been engraved and sold for exorbitant sums, but that wasn’t my original intent. ” Hollis: What do you think are the most significant changes in the cutlery industry since you first began making knives? Loveless: “When I built my first knife, there were only a handful of makers in the country.

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