Here is the story of a very seldom seen handle material that Loveless used for about 6 months in 1992. Bob always loved micarta, and stag he said was not his favorite, as he could shape the micarta, and that stag had its thought about how it was shaped.
When Loveless got his genius hands on some of this multi blend micarta, he said it looks like Camo, and thus it became a Loveless used name. The supply was very limited, so only special knives got the beautiful Camo micarta. This came in the brown you see here, and also in Black, and Green. I have seen special wide bolster drop hunters in green Camo, and Big Bears with hidden pins in Green camo. But I would estimate that maybe 5 Big Bears were made with the material. I know there is a Battle knife with Black Camo, as I have it on my website, be sure to take a look and of course, I would recommend buying it. I don’t think there is another Battle knife in Black Camo or any Camo.
The knife today is one that we got from Loveless back in 1992 it matched a hidden pin Camo Jr. Bear that he did for us at the same time. I was lucky enough to have bought them both back in the past month.
We sold them in 1999, both to one collector. He wanted to sell them 20 years later and I was lucky enough to get them both. The Jr. Bear is already sold, it was a wicked little knife with hidden pins and a shop #RWL.
Back in the early days if Loveless did not put a shop number on the knife it usually meant that it was a special one-off knife or a knife he was keeping for himself.
Once the Camo micarta ran out, that was the end of this beautiful material on his knives. He was not able to find it anymore.
To me, the beauty of this material on the knives rank right up there in rareness with Sheephorn and early Ivory. All the specs you see in the handle gave the knives a look like nothing else ever made. Plus, it just always seems that when you pick up a classic Loveless in micarta it feels so good you don’t want to put it down. This Hideout is certainly in that category and has it in Spades.
I have only seen 2 Jr. Bears in Camo Micarta, a few fighters, drops, Big Bears but not sure I have ever seen a Dagger in Camo or a NY Special in Camo. When Loveless made the 2nd batch of NY Specials, he never used Stag, as it was just too overpowering for the little blade. But after 2006 they put on some fat unground stag that was overly dyed red and felt horrible in the hand. I don’t buy any Loveless knife made after 2006 because it's not the look and feel of a vintage Loveless knife. To me, they are Frankenstein knives. After 35 plus years of Collecting Loveless, I think I can speak with verified authority on what a Loveless was, and should be. And, these knives were not even close. But Loveless was sick at the time and just making knives to keep money flowing. I can’t blame him there. As he was never one to put back knives or money for a rainy day.
I would imagine there may be 3 Camo micarta Hideouts somewhere out there, but I have only seen 1 in 27 years. So you see that this is a pretty unique double grind knife. The blade turns out to be a nice 4 ¼” blade, an overall of 9”.
I have always put the Camo knife up on a high pedestal, as Loveless cherished the material and used it on really special knives. Anytime you see this material, just realize you are seeing a Loveless knife that most have never seen or had the chance to purchase. You walk into a show in California, New York, or Italy and you will not find another one like it. You now belong to a very select club. The “Camo” club.
Price is $13,900
Not too bad for a possible one of a kind, as a regular hideout with micarta is close to $13,000 these days. The price is very fair. I will soon wish I had kept it. But I can wait for another 20 for it to float back to me.
Thanks for reading, hope everyone found this of some interest or just use it to fall asleep with as it may be such a boring read you can’t keep your eyes open. Either way it works is great.