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What's In  A Name.
The Story of The Ranall Knife by Loveless.

Randall knife pictured above, one point there was a Loveless-Johnson version made with no guard and maroon Micarta handle. The earlier one made in Lawndale has a stag handle.


It’s been a long sizzling summer in North Georgia. You’d think living in the mountains of rural Appalachia that it would be comfortable, moreover refreshing at 2,000 above sea level. Ha! Those of you that come to the Blade Show got a taste of the humidity. Up here we have 80% humidity and 89- 92 degrees. I can’t fathom  South Florida, no wonder they come up to Highlands, N.C. which sits at 4,500 feet up.

When it is hot in Hiawassee, I drive about 40 minutes in the Ferrari (or less, but we can’t talk about that) where the temp will be in the sweet  70’s.  It’s a spine tingling curvy drive to chill out for a cool slice of key lime pie.  

After the drive, I was thinking about the time when Bob bought a Ferrari 250 back in 1957 for his friend “Billy” DuPont of “the” DuPont family.  Billy was a loyal customer who nevertheless loved Bob’s knives.

The Ferrari Dealer, Luigi Chinetti, did not want to sell this car to DuPont for some reason. If you made Chinetti mad, you had no way of getting a car from him. At the time, he was the only Ferrari Dealer in America.

So, Loveless goes up to Chinetti and buys this Ferrari. Bob told me “There’s not a better sounding engine in the world than the sound of that Ferrari V12 wound out, but the brakes... You could only wish they had them.”  

Then it ran across my fat little brain about all the people Loveless dealt with, and other people that were a gigantic part of his life. Ray Randall came to mind, as did Dr. Dixon. You may remember that the Dixon fighter was named after his landlord Dr. Dixon. Also, the “Randall” knife was named for his devoted friend Ray Randall.

Here’s some background about the Loveless “Randall” knife. This was a confusing knife for the simple fact it was called the Loveless “Randall”.  We all assume that Bob made a Randall style knife, because his early work slightly resembled Randall knives. Abercrombie & Fitch told him would have to wait to get a true Randall knife. Bob told himself “I can make a better knife”, consequently, sold it to them a few months later.

None of that above history led to the creation of the little Randall knife, with a small blade a bit over 2”. I finally asked Loveless years ago what was the story of the Randall, did it have anything to do with Bo Randall. Bob said “No. No, that was named after my friend and shooting partner, Ray Randall”. Bob’s buddy Ray wanted a top-notch little working knife and this is what Loveless came up with.
He would sell the Randall and Piker as a set, and sometimes had one sheath for both knives. In Lawndale, the Piker was a much thinner blade, but the Randall has stayed true to the size over the decades. Check out the Riverside set in Stag with Nude Lady logos.
I’ve always loved the Randall and Piker Loveless and thought it was admirable that Loveless named a knife after his comrade.

Thank you for reading,

John Denton

Jwdenton@windstream.net
BobLovelessKnives.com
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