This page is dedicated to providing some history and information on Bob Loveless, Jim Merritt and the Loveless shop.
I am by no means an expert in the field, I just enjoy the tradition and craftmanship of these custom knives. I still have much to learn and welcome any information or comments you may have.
Everyone should know the story of Bob's early years in knife making and how important his impact has been. I have not yet been able to obtain any of his very early models. I am actually more interested in what his knives have evolved into in the last few decades.
Bob and Jim met at knife shows long ago and became friends. Knowing the quality of Jim's work; Bob invited Jim to his shop in 1982 to get Jim's opinion on a batch of knives. As the story goes....Bob asked Jim to stay and the rest is history.
Bob and Jim have made many batches of knives since then; some knives were made together, some only by Bob and some only by Jim. Many collectors know that Jim has been making most of the knives for many many years as Bob lost interest and had health issues. The workmanship and quality have always remained the same and still does today. Nothing compares to a knife from the Loveless shop.
Through the years there have been different logos used on knives from the Loveless shop. There have also been matching shop numbers engraved on the blades and sheaths. There are varied opinions on the reasons for the shop numbers. Some think it is to keep the knife and sheath together, others have said it was an internal way to know who actually made that particular knife. There are other thoughts too. From what I have learned, there really is no reason and it was just randomly done.
I highly recommend watching the video: "Robert Loveless an American Legend" which can be obtained at www.robertloveless.com
It is very informative and answers many questions about the history of the Loveless shop.
**This information is soley my opinion and the accuracy is from my research and personal knowledge. If there are any discrepancies they are not intentional. I would appreciate any feedback if so.**
Thanks for reading!