Yes it does, thank you.
Yes it does, thank you.
Charles is a great guy who immersed himself in the Loveless style.
I have talked with him a few times by phone in the past.
IIRC, he is an engineer or IT guy by day and approached knife making with a technician's eye.
Still kicking myself for not buying a few of his knives years ago when he wasn't in such high demand (iow, when they were less $$$).
He is in VA, so perhaps somewhat closer to you and I would bet he would be a wonderful contact or source of info.
Looks like Lovett (from the Loveless shop) and Steve Johnson (another gentleman and high demand Loveless style knife maker) gave him some mentoring.
Good luck and I hope this endeavor works out for you.
His finished thickness on the 4" dropped hunter at the ricasso was ~.178" one one example.
How thick is the handle on a typical Loveless drop point?
I'm a little puzzled by your recent inquiries about Loveless knives. It seems a little late in the day to be contemplating an homage; it's been done to death over the last forty years. Even if you were to make a Loveless style hunter, it would be one of many. Not to mention the fact that you will find that some of those who have preceded you did such fine work that it can't reasonably be improved upon. What's the point?
When I first saw your inquiry, I assumed you were exploring the possibility of incorporating some of the aesthetics of his knives, particularly the execution of the integral bolster, into your work. The two-pin stag handle would also work well on a kitchen knife, if done properly.
So, what's the story? Now you're making hunters? I've owned a few, but never found a use for one.
I have asked some folks who know a bit about Loveless knives and they tell me that one of the things that makes a Loveless knife are the DEEP hollow grinds. I have heard that rarely, they would accidentlally grind through to the other side like the Persian and Indian smiths used to do on occasion when scraping blades.
By the by, that knife is NOT an integral.
Devin told me once that a good knife maker should be able to make any cutting tool, be it a knife (kitchen, folding, hunting, field, etc) a razor, a chisel, etc. So it got me thinking to try my hand at making a hunting knife, as I promised my cousin years ago I will get him one, but rather than buying one of the shelf, I can make him one of mine, in a good steel and with a good HT. I am also considering helping a knife maker in Ukraine to get him on his feet by supplying him with heat treated blanks in good steels.
As for Bob Loveless design, what appeals to me is simple clean lines of his knives. They resonate with me same way as some Japanese kitchen knives do. It's really that simple.
Moreover, I am sure some things I will learn will be applicable to Western handle kitchen knives.
Lastly, I am a big fan of Bauhaus design movement and effect it had on industrial design (clean lines, timeless look) and in some ways it is reflected in my work.
It's a beautiful knife,but honestly that blade has to be strictly "show & tell".