Merritt's family confirm and follow through with wishes of Jim, that the continuation of Loveless knives end.


It was the wish of Jim Merritt that the “Loveless Knives” stamps end with his death, and never be made again. The loveless Riverside shop is now closed. The machines are sold and the property will be sold. The Tyler Street location is now just a memory.  

The Loveless and Merritt family do not support any knives that are made using the loveless logo or replica of one from here on out. Also, any knives that were not authorized by Loveless or Jim Merritt.

I Spoke to the Aaron Merritt, Jim’s grandson, a couple of days ago. He informed me that the shop is empty, noting can be made there anymore. All mill machines, drills and grinders have been sold or given to close friends.

Loveless with his partners Steve Johnson and Jim Merritt have made a huge impact on the knife world. Loveless knives will always be the most collectible of anything made in the past 200 years.  He did great for a little boy growing up in Ohio who started out making stunning knives out of anything he could find such as old car springs back in the early 1950’s.

If you were not at the Blade Show, you missed record crowds. It was so extreme that people were camping out on Thursday night so they could get to be among the first in the door on Friday.

This was like a Who concert, the doors opened and the crowds ran (literally), all splitting up to go find their Tactical knives and widgets. Now, that part was odd. They don’t rush in to buy engraved folders, hand forged hunters, or even case knives. These people are not looking for Tony Bose, however, his table was packed when he did his drawing later in the day.

Every dealer who brought Loveless either bought more, traded, or sold Loveless knives. Like my wife Julie always says “It’s better than putting money in the bank. These Loveless knives go up every year. Always. It’s a long term investment, not an overnight quick buck. First and foremost, you have to be educated about anything you collect.”  That’s why we are so eager to educate other dealers, friends, customers and even knife enthusiasts who can not yet or think they can not afford to buy a Loveless. Even if they do not buy from us, we want to make sure they get a good deal.

Better still, the Tactical collectors came by to see what they call the first custom Tactical knives by R.W. Loveless which are the Fighter, Boot and Chute. The “Tactical Brotherhood” (as we learned more about the latest craze) were amazed with the feeling of the loveless knife, no sharp edges, smooth and easy to hold in any sized hand at any position and magical balance. Most had only seen photos, had never dreamed they’d hold one, or see that many rare Loveless in real life. The Loveless bug had bitten the Tactical Brotherhood.  Now, let’s see which one of them will sell 4 of their knives and get a Loveless Dropped Hunter to start their collection!

It was fun to visit with the knife makers who were making Loveless style knives. Some stopped by to trace the knives for patterns they could take home to try and match up to what they’d just held in their hand.
Sharing their excitement about what a difference it was to see how thick or thin the taper was, or the guard fitting to the handle, the smooth feel and the way it would fit just about any hand that held it.

Many of the makers had been making the guards really square, and sharp, almost a table top flatness. You could see the light bulb going off in their head when they saw how Loveless smoothed and rounded the guard so you could squeeze the handle without leaving a mark in your hand, plus the balance was key. That was an eye opening day for many.

The weekend was long, and short at the same time. The rain was massive outside. We always have two tables, however, this year one was closed down Saturday and Sunday because the roof was leaking onto the knives and table. So, we had trash cans on the table for 2 days. (Classy)

The show has gotten bigger, and the people more informed than ever before, beaming with enthusiasm, and the love for the “working tool “ (as Loveless would say) stays strong.

I am packing now to be ready for next year’s show. So, go ahead and mark June 5-7th, 2020 on the calendar. Get a map, plane ticket, or drive down to the Blade Show next year.

Please stop by the table (always G3) and chat, hope to see each and everyone there next year.  The biggest show on the planet.

One of the knives I was able to come home with was this great 2 1/2” city knife. It has the double nude logo with stag handle, and a great pouch sheath. Loveless never made many of the small knives he said “your fingers are way too close to the grinder”. The small Loveless knives were never run of the mill.
Contact me for more information on the City knife.

Thank you!

Best Always,

John Denton
Hiawassee Ga
(706)781-8479   Available 24-7

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