Robert Waldorf Loveless

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Robert Waldorf Loveless was born in Warren, Ohio back in 1929.  At 14 he altered his birth certificate and joined the Merchant Marine, later serving as an Air Corps control tower operator in Iwo Jima. He witnessed many fight in bars where this gave him an idea, more on that in a moment.

After being discharged he attended Chicago’s Armor Institute of Technology.  In 1951, he returned to Ohio and studied literature and sociology at Kent State.  In 1953, he returned to the Merchant Marine on a tanker.  While in New York City, New York he wanted to make a purchase only to find out there was a nine-month waiting list, so he decided to make his own and as they say the rest is history. 

What you may not know about Robert AKA Bob Loveless is that he was an American knife maker.  He designed the hollow-ground drop point blade and the first to use the full tapered tangs and screw-type handle scale fasteners within the art of knifemaking.  He is cited by other knifemakers and collectors as one of the most innovative custom knife makers in the world.  He designed the Gerber Guardian knife.  Cold steel makes a reproduction of his “Big Bear Classis” fighting knife.  He died in 2010, he was 81.

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Comments (18)

Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James, I hope he never had to use his knives. You can't bring those to a gunfight!

Jul 26, 2021 03:42 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Always interesting James to learn something about a person you never heard of, but they made a mark on history. Happy Monday!

Jul 26, 2021 03:59 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I know very little about knives and hope I never have to use one in defense.

Jul 26, 2021 04:18 AM
James Dray

That is why I'm always packing something else, and no I won't tell you what it is...

Jul 27, 2021 01:30 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Very interesting story, James... really had no idea about these kinds of knives.

Jul 26, 2021 04:32 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another one that started adulthood at 14 years of age, I definitely wasn't thinking of that kind of stuff when I was 14, haha.

Jul 26, 2021 04:45 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I had no clue and I am not sure why(or where) I would have learned of Mr Loveless or his work but daily life seems to offer a path of knowledge where we gather knowledge somewhat randomly.   And otherwise.  I think that's an adventure.  

Jul 26, 2021 04:45 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Clueless about knives, but did get cut as a teenager. Just not a fan. Enjoy your day.

Jul 26, 2021 05:02 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Reminds me of a "Bowie" knife.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Jul 26, 2021 05:03 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

always carry a firearm James Dray and as Barbara Tattersall says, why bring a knife to a gun fight.

Jul 26, 2021 05:49 AM
James Dray


Jul 27, 2021 01:30 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 26, 2021 06:46 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The only knives I care about are my cooking knives.  I know that the Japanese are known for their knifes, as are the French and British.  I have no idea about this man.  A

Jul 26, 2021 06:57 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, always amazed at those who are so creative to come up with things like this.

Jul 26, 2021 07:50 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Interesting James story of this guy who ended up at a knife maker.  Make it a great daY!


Jul 26, 2021 08:31 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Knife makers have never got the glory they deserve because knives go back so far James Dray 

Jul 26, 2021 09:43 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there James, yes there is a great deal that I did not know about that gentleman.

Jul 26, 2021 10:15 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- anything above a Swiss Army Knife is out of my wheelhouse. 

Jul 26, 2021 10:23 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Just imagine some 14 year old kid today lying about his or her age to join the military.

Jul 26, 2021 11:00 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Sounds like there is a lot more to making knives than I even thought or knew about!


Jul 26, 2021 11:36 AM