Knifemaking Pioneer Bob Loveless Dead at 81

We received news just now that Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer© Bob Loveless passed away today at 11:30 a.m. He was 81.

Jack Lucarelli, author of the book “James B. Lile The Arkansas Knifesmith,” informed BLADE by e-mail at 4:50 p.m. of Bob’s passing. Jack, who is also an actor, stuntman and long-time collector of Loveless knives, said Bob’s health had declined rapidly the past two months. Loveless had suffered from lung cancer. Lucarelli said despite his declining health, Bob was in good spirits and mentally sharp up to the end.

There will be special stories in BLADE on Loveless in the coming months. Meanwhile, please join us in remembering the man who is probably the most important knifemaker in modern cutlery history.

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