Imagine, if you will, a few years shy of three decades ago. Loveless is sitting in his shop surrounded by massive machinery, tools, metal, stag, micarta, dust and ashes. He sits pondering with a cigarette suspending from his lips and perched on his work stool. He’s wearing his famous multicolored striped cotton cap that he had custom made in Japan as if it were his crown and this was his kingdom. He sits there as if to plan his strategy to protect his title “Master of Knife Making”.
He lays before him the rare, alluring, indestructible black camo micarta and several different blades. Which of his carefully crafted blades shall he adorn with this stunning handle? Camo micarta was special and much more rare than the usual micarta. How many cigarettes must he smoke? How many curse words must he say before his final decision is made?
For you see, camo micarta came in green, black, and brown. Loveless only had enough to last about 6 months. This Black camo micarta was the true bounty, because it had flecks of colors. He must be mindful of what knives he chose to use his favorite handle material. There was not enough to do all his knives.
He chose this Battle knife you see here. Why? Who would dare delve into the mind of a creative genius? We could only speculate that it could be because of its sleek double grind, up-swept belly and thin s-curve taper to the point of the 7 1/2” blade perhaps? Much like the lines of a Ferrari or an Italian woman, he carefully crafted these knives. Or, could it be the way the guard gracefully flows over to become one with the fingers and hand as you grip the knife? Maybe it is how the stainless steel tang shimmers through the black camo micarta like the sunrise on a bleak battlefield? How fitting don’t you think?
The first Battle knife was made in 1992 for Jack Lewis who many of you will remember his writing in Gun Digest, etc. Jack asked Bob to make a knife that would be taken into “Battle”. Loveless, being the genius that he was, created the “Battle”knife.
We have in stock this massive, rare Battle knife made in 1992, about 6 months after the original first four, which were a slightly thinner blade. Reigning the Riverside logo, the rare Black Camo Micata, all stainless hardware and stunning engraving by the famous William Henry Knives engraver, Jeff Parke this royal knife is a crown jewel to be a treasure for any collector to have. Quite an investment that will not crash like the stocks.
Comes with original sheath, mint condition.
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The greatest knife designer of the 20th and 21st Century. Loveless always said “ you will catch you thumbnail somewhere on my knives, if you want a perfect knife, buy one from the factory, Schrade makes them every single day”. Bob was about feel, balance, design, and how did it work in the field. He made a knife to be used, not collected, little did he know his utilitarian knives would gain such prominence and become so collectible.
By the time the 1990’s rolled around he had a 20 year waiting list to get his knives. Think about it....
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