This is one wicked set of double grind knives made by Loveless 22 years ago. This is the first set of hidden pin Hideout and NY Special that Loveless did. He was so pleased with these knives, as Loveless had been doing hidden pin knives since the late ’50s. But these are made with beautiful black micarta.
You have to remember the history of the NY Special, 2nd round, to put this all together. Bob did not start making the “new” version of the NY Special until the early 1990s. He wanted to borrow the actual knife from us or Al Williams, to use as a template. But we knew that there was a large chance that the knives would get “lost”, so we did not send Loveless the original knives. Plus we did not want Bob to remake the original NY Special, making it with the snap, the sharper finger guards, and it would devalue the original NY Special.
We got the set from Bob in 1997, as the set is also numbered 20A and 20B. Back then Loveless was not very easy to control or tell him what to do, and he did not like to make sets or instant collectibles. The little NY Special, in the second round, was made only with micarta, and an early prototype in Ironwood. He never used stag on the NY Special until after 2006. This was the super red-dyed stag, and the fat handles. Loveless always wanted a knife to feel so good you didn’t want to put it down, and on a small knife, stag would not
shape to his satisfaction.
This set is nice because it was a set that Loveless wanted to make, it was not ordered by us…. as he would not have wanted to make it. It had to be his ideal, and when he called that night 22 years ago, he was excited saying “I have something I think you boys will like, Jim and I are pretty proud of this set”. Classic Loveless, he calls, you have only one chance to buy it, if you pass it by, he will not call you ever again. So we always took whatever Loveless wanted us to have. That is the best part of the set, it was all his ideal.
When we got the knives, the beauty of the hidden pins and black improved micarta we thought it was so beautiful and the consecutive numbers sealed the deal back then.
In history, back in the early 1970s, Loveless was already making the Hideout with the slab handles and pronounced finger guards that looked like little ears poking out. Then, a few years later he made the NY Special based off his design for the Hideout. The NY Special was meant to snap into the sheath, which was very flat. The reason for this flat sheath was simply the fact that the little knife and sheath would fit into your jacket pocket and not give a fat bulge.
I know everyone has seen the newsletter on the Lawndale Hideout that was made in Lawndale. I think everyone here knows my favorite knives are the double grinds. And, after the Big Bear, I like the NY Special, Dagger, and Hideout. I place these as some of the most beautiful knives to ever come out of the Loveless shop.
The NY Special I sold to the guitar hero, Eric Clapton, was dark black micarta like this one, but he did not have the hidden pins.
This set was sold in 1999 to a close friend, as we knew he wanted the best of the best, and for 20 years this set has always been on my mind as one of the most beautiful sets we have ever owned. I was able to buy these back from the same collector last week.
The Hideout has a 4-inch blade, and the New York Special has the 3-inch blade, all stainless and ready to go.
These are much cheaper to own than say, a Porsche or Aston Martin, there are no engine problems, no tires to buy, plus you won’t get them dented in the supermarket parking lot.
I could sell them separately if needed but would like to keep them as a set, but I can’t keep everything. I can do a better price on the set.
Have a great Summer,