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Loveless, The Father of Tactical Knives
How, Why and Buy.




Bob said the Big Bear was made for one thing, and that is to be used in a deadly situation. He did not like making the Big Bears in the early years or any of the “Fighting Knives” as he called them, today they call them “Tactical Knives” because they were associated with unpleasant work.

For a while, you had to prove you were Military or Law Enforcement before Bob would even consider making a “Fighting Knife,” aka “Tactical Knife” for you. These knives included the Fighter, Boot, Big Bear, and Hideouts. Many of these designs were used in the Vietnam War. The Chute (short for parachute) knife was designed and made for CIA Special Operations Spy Harry Archer, but even before Harry, Loveless was perfecting the Fighter and Boot knives. That was almost a mind-boggling half a century ago.

Today when we think of Tactical knives, we all think of folders that are made in weird shapes to kill Zombies in some future war of the undead. There is a new “brotherhood” of men who gather in matching t-shirts to trade handles from the latest popular maker of the day. Loveless didn’t have any games to bounce off of in the 1960s and ’70s. These were all developed for the person in war or self-defense to have a practical using tool.

About seven months ago, I had a call from a gentleman who is a teacher and professional in using tactical knives. He praised how well designed Loveless knives were as a tactical knife. He spoke about the balance and all the details so well thought out as if Bob were in hand to hand combat two steps ahead of the enemy. I had never thought of them this way because I don’t fight with knives every day, and I hope I don’t have to, however, it was interesting to learn.

 
Ol’ brother Bob was the most exceptional knife designer ever to step foot on the planet. I think we know his designs have stood the test of time for the past 66 years. They also have withstood the economy, like his big bear in Crown stag, just sold for a world-record $98,000. The sell of the Crown stag makes it the most expensive Loveless Big Bear ever sold. You have to remember that this was a $350 knife in 1970. Over the years, Loveless was at the forefront of knife design, from simple hunting knives to the more complex Dagger and Big Bears.




 
Above, you can see the set of Knives made for Harry Archer to use in Vietnam. The photo has five knives, all made for Harry to use and carry.

The top is the classic Big Bear that Harry had to use in hand to hand when their posting was overrun in Vietnam. Bob said the sub hilt is “to pull the knife back out,” that is pretty hardcore, seems the tissue that forms around the blade can really grip the knife, again I have not tried this either. Bob was always very, very serious when he made any knife. To Bob, “These were knives that could save your life.”

The second knife is the Fighter, 6 1/2” blade with a “Skull Cracker,” this could get you from about any angle, Zombie or not, this knife as a whole was a serious piece of work. It has a Tulipwood handle, which Loveless told us years ago he thought that was one of the most beautiful handles he ever put on a knife. In real life, it glows and shows all sorts of depth.

Then came the greatest of all Sub Hilt knives, the little stag handled Loveless-Johnson Sub Hilt was made for Harry, this is a very light, thin easy to carry knife. A wicked slick, slim design.

Ah, the little boot knife with the Skull Cracker followed by what Loveless called the “Pig Sticker.” Bob said this small knife could be worn without even knowing you had it on your person, but the hidden tang design made for a super-light fast-moving piece of protection.

Just owning one of these for Tactical uses did not mean you were safe, you had to learn how to use them in a situation where a Zombie or Alien was trying to take you out. You did not take these camping with the Boy Scouts. These are meant for people that had to survive and knew how to use them.

 
 


All the work Bob put into these knives was illustrated in a book by William L. Cassidy in 1975 called “The Complete Book of Knife Fighting.” This book was published by Paladin Press. I would recommend it if you can find a copy of it. The whole book is full of actual photos of Bob Loveless and his close friend Ray Randall demonstrating all the various ways to use the fighting knife. It is fun to look at the book, because Loveless was a young man, wearing white Adidas and making mean faces. Loveless even made a shoulder holster for his knife in the book. That was an exciting design.

 



 
FOR SALE:
FOR SALE:

The Stag fighter is for sale. You can see that the engraving by Joe Mason dresses up the knife, because nobody will use a loveless for fighting, we all collect them and keep them safe from harm.

Price:  $13,000


 
FOR SALE:

Pictured above, I have the Green Micarta Boot knife for sale. It is Riverside, super slick, Regular Riverside logo, with Two-tone pins and solder joints.

Price:  $7,900


(That is about the cheapest Loveless double grind knife you will find. I just took it in on a trade and can do a reasonable price on it for someone looking to get into a Loveless Double Grind without spending over $12,000.)

 
FOR SALE:

Then finally, I close with the above beautiful black micarta handled fighter engraved by Joe Mason with the signature logo.

Price:  $13,000
Thank you!

Best Always,

John Denton
Hiawassee Ga

john@boblovelessknives.com
BobLovelessKnives.com
(706)781-8479   Available 24-7


 
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