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The Stunning
Vintage Loveless
More Rare Than a
NY Special and less $

There were more NY Specials made by Bob
than Vintage Hideouts.

One of the most intriguing thing I noticed, was the shop number on the knife. The number was PS-141, and wow that was exciting because I had just bought #PS-142 about 7 months before. What are the chances of finding the twin to a knife that you can count on one hand how many were ever made. Pretty slim.

Fall is here, and the pumpkins are running for their orange little lives. I would imagine they are hoping a Loveless knife will not be used on them for Halloween kicks.

But, you don’t have to worry about that, because this is a newsletter about a twin knife coming into the collection out of the blue. It was a hot, humid day in Hiawassee when I answered the phone. The collector had a knife he wanted to know about. His father, who had recently passed, had gotten it many years ago. I said “send me some photos, and I will take a look for you.”  

He had walked into the Randall shop in Orlando with a bunch of old Randall knives, and one Loveless. They all said “call John Denton”. (I appreciate that.)  It turns out the knife was an original Hideout Design with the pronounce handles, and best of all, it was Lawndale. Now, I have only seen maybe 3-4 Hideouts like this from Lawndale, and a few were made in Riverside in this early form. The handle is just a large version of the NY Special, which came after the Hideout.

In the photo with the 2 knives you can see the handles. The top knife is the Lawndale version, and the bottom is Riverside. They are bordering on duplicates, however, the Lawndale is slightly bigger and has a tube in the thong hole and the Riverside does not. What makes these unique compared to most other Hideouts is these have no guard. Most of the other Vintage Hideouts have a little collar and the handles look nothing like these.

One of the most intriguing thing I noticed, was the shop number on the knife. The number was PS-141, and wow that was exciting because I had just bought #PS-142 about 7 months before. What are the chances of finding the twin to a knife that you can count on one hand how many were ever made. Pretty slim. I happened to know that PS stands for Paragon Sporting in New York City, which still sell knives today.  Loveless was selling to Paragon and these were made for them. I have a photo of #PS-142 in my new book “ A Collectors Dream” on page 20  (You can purchase the limited edition and personally signed, here at BobLovelessKnives.com) and I just assumed that would be the last time I saw a Lawndale hideout. So the chances of being able to later buy it’s twin was really shocking.

The knife balance and highly polished burgundy micarta handle melts in your hand. The handle was most likely made when Steve Johnson was there in 1974, the Last year of anything marked Lawndale. Bob and Steve moved from Lawndale California to Riverside in 1974, and that is where all the Loveless-Johnson knives were made. This has the two tone pins, and the micarta has been smoothed and rounded off.

If you ever wanted to have a rare Vintage Loveless double grind without paying $85,000 for a NY Special, you should really look into buying this Lawndale Hideout. There were only a handful made in both Riverside and Lawndale. There are more original NY Specials out there than original Hideouts. I wish I had the other Lawndale I sold a few months ago, but back then I had no ideal that it’s twin would ever show up.

So, I have this Lawndale Hideout, and I have the Riverside original Hideout for sale. This is the 4th Lawndale Hideout I have ever seen in the past 35 years. Needless to say, they just don’t come up for sale because they are so rare, you won’t meet yourself at any knife show if you own either of these beauties.

The Lawndale is $14,000
The Riverside is $13,000

Thanks for reading , call me or email if you ever need a knife that I don’t have listed on the website or I am always wanting to buy superior, rare Vintage Loveless knives.

Best always,

John

Jwdenton@windstream.net
BobLovelessKnives.com
(706)781-8479   Available 24-7

 
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