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The Early Years:
Rare Riverside Dropped Hunter


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Finally got this back in our collection!
Sheep horn Big Bear.

Our Table at the Blade Show 2014

Pictured above: R.Dub (Bob Loveless), John Denton and Jim Merritt


This is a rare beautiful early Drop #462, with the true rich brown amber stag. The bolster is Nickel Silver.

What makes this so nice and rare is the size. The blade is only 3 1/4" very small for a drop. Loveless called them the 4 inch drop hunter, but they always were 3 3/4". Not many were ever 4 inches on the nose.
7 1/2" OA.

Mint plus condition. The handle is super rich and lush.

Price : $5,500







1 Hour film of
JW Denton's

interview about
Bob Loveless knives history.

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Produced by David Sellers of North Georgia Live and
owner of Appalachian Gallery and Video Productions.
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30 minute short film of
John Denton's

presentation of
Bob Loveless knives history.

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Produced by David Sellers of North Georgia Live and
owner of Appalachian Gallery and Video Productions.
Click here to visit



Classic Rare Big Bear.

It was the day that lighting struck, a masterpiece was born, never to be reproduced again. The 1960's Crown Stag Big Bear made in Lawndale with a 7 3/4" blade. After more than 7 years I have finally captured the greatest Loveless Big Bear of all time. There were only 3 made according to Loveless when I spoke to him years ago and said it was the best work he had ever done. Loveless said this is 7 3/4" blade, the one you see here, was his favorite of the 3 because this was the first Sub Hilt he made in Lawndale that was under the normal 8"- 8 1/2" blade. (I have seen all 3 and they are all different sizes. The other two are 8 1/2" and 8"+.) He said it was quicker in the hand and better balanced. Loveless said a bit of luck went into the knife because the large crown on the butt of the knife closed in around your hand giving it almost perfect balance and the color and grain was perfect.

Years ago when I held all three, I knew this one felt the best. It was out of my price range and I never thought I would have it in the collection. My friend had them all and kept this one for the last to sell because he knew he was keeping the best of the best. This knife is the grandfather of all the Sub Hilts out there because nothing else came close to the crown stag he used on the knife and it had a shorter blade. Loveless favored the smaller knives. Some of his slickest designs are the original Bird & Trout and the 2 1/2" Drop Hunter.

When I pick up the knife, it feels like it was made of air, it is so light and easy to move just like a part of the hand. You really do not want to put this one down. The beauty of the handle makes it very hard to sleep at night, but heaven forbid you make the mistake and pick it up. Then your whole ideal of what a knife should feel like goes to another planet. You can quickly see that Bob was about 40 years ahead of his time. This is not a boat anchor, but something artistic, yet practical if needed.

This is one of a kind because of the size of the crown stag and the size of the blade mixed with the balance, like the rare Ferrari cars of the 60's. There are better cars made today, but nothing compares to the classics and we are always trying to bring the old into the new. A new La Ferrari at 1.8 million dollars still does not compare to the 1962 Ferrari GTO at $53 million and it never will. This is a classic work of art, or, as the Oxford Dictionary defined classic: "Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind".

Again, thank you for your time and viewing.

Not for sale.


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and in Miami Florida in April, 2015!