Hello everyone in the Loveless newsletter world. I wish I had a magic button to push and get everyone a vaccine that wants one, and that the worst thing we have to fear would be not getting fries with our sandwich.
In big Hiawassee, Ga., we are still moving slow. Some days are warm, then a bit of rain, only to be slapped in the jaw by a small snowstorm—a mixed bag in the South.
Today I wanted to tell you about this knife I just added to the collection. As you know, I love double grind knives by Loveless. A double grind is kind of like the V12 Ferrari, very expensive and few made. The knife I have here in the photo is #501 and was made about 28 years ago. Where does the time go? When I turn around, another decade has jumped the shark. So being that old put it at about 1993, which at that time Loveless had gone from solder and nickel silver to all stainless fit. The blade is 5 3/4”, which would make it a Dixon fighter. The name Dixon comes from Bob’s landlord, Dr. Dixon. The overall length is 10 1/2”. Of course, the handle is the greatest in Bob’s universe, green micarta, with Riverside’s football logo.
The engraving is spectacular. Our good friend Dan Wilkerson did this job for us. We met Dan in about 1989, maybe 1988. He was from Virginia, and we were already dealing with David Perdue and Jon Robyn of Ole Dominion Engrave. That is how we found Dan. He knew all these guys. So we did lots of engraving with Robyn and Wilkerson. Dan put on this knife the elusive “Virginia” Mountain Cat. Now, I don’t know about you, but if I ran into this thing in the dark of night I would run out of my shoes. I assume this is what people see up in the deep mountains.
I live in a small mountain town, with about 932 people, and the tallest peak is 4,800 feet. I would not want to walk that mountain late at night. The Mountain Cat here is so nicely done you just can’t help to rub your fingers over the engraving to feel the animal’s face. Both sides are unique, and I think this is the only Virginia Mountain Cat done by Dan. Those eyes mean business and the teeth; wow, you just need to get inside the cabin. Many, many years ago, as in about 120, my Great, Great Grandmother was coming home after church at dusk in the late fall on the back of an old mule. She keeps feeling like something was watching her. The old mule was nervous, and for a good reason, there was a mountain lion following them home. The only thing she knew to do was tear off bits of clothing and throw them down on the ground so the big cat would stop and smell the cloth. Finally, she made it home to the cabin, stoked up the fire because she could hear the cat on the roof. Her husband was out hunting and not yet home. So she kept the fire blazing until help arrived. The big cat jumped off the roof and ran into the deep forest. Oh, the poor old mule was also safe. The cat did not want to be kicked into next week by the brown mule. So these cats are things of folklore around these mountains.
I find this to be one of the more pleasing creatures that Dan ever put on a knife. The cat is 3D and deep cut; you can feel its heat and puffy cheeks. Just feed it every so often so that it does not take your finger off as a snack.
The price is $14,000. You just won’t find this anywhere else. The gold sets off the micarta handle and looks very handsome.
Sales have been strong during Covid, which has been a blessing. Plus, I have bought some neat Loveless knives. I don’t put everything I have on the website, so call me and let me know what you are looking for in a Loveless knife.