Given how important Bob Loveless is to the modern knife industry, I actually know very little about the history of the man. So when one of our readers sent us a link to this beautiful R.W. Loveless Nessmuk on eBay, I did a little digging.
I spoke with a gentleman who knows a lot more about Loveless knives than I do, and this knife was actually made by Jim Merritt, a longtime grinder for Mr. Loveless who was willed Bob’s original stamps and the rights to continue the business upon his death. That would explain the (relatively) low price of $2500. A genuine Bob Loveless-made knife would fetch far more.
That doesn’t mean this knife isn’t desirable in its own right. Especially for me (my favorite pattern is the Nessmuk after all), since my contact believes Loveless himself never actually made a Nessmuk himself.
The knife still carries hallmarks of the Loveless style. The handle is reminiscent of his classic Drop Point Hunter and the handles are secured with the fisheye bolts he helped popularize… sometimes called Loveless bolts today.
The blade also bears the “double nudes,” one on each side of the knife, which is reversed on the back side as though you are looking through the blade as if it were a window.
If you like the knife and your credit limit is more endowed than mine, you can check out the listing on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/352113389915
Here is a snippet from the description
Summary: a beautiful Merritt-made R.W. Loveless Knives “Nessmuk” skinner. This knife has a 3-3/4” stainless steel blade, stainless guard, red tang liners and black micarta slabs with stainless escutcheon plate and two piece stainless pins. This knife bears the coveted “double naked lady” blade etchings, it is unused with original blade edge and in mint condition.The sheath is original to the knife, brand new with the R.W. Loveless Knives stamping and signed by Jim Merritt. The sheath is “as new” and in mint condition, a few small spots but this way from the maker.
Enjoy the pics! There are a few more on the listing page as well.