70s era Loveless Semi Skinner (value, etc)

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  1. WillB

    WillB Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 3, 2007
    I have acquired a Loveless semi skinner (or Dropped Hunter?). The stamp suggests mid 70s era. This looks one of a kind so far, I can't find another just like it. It's in excellent condition. What does the BF brain trusts opinion on the value and other important aspects of this knife to be aware of? I see these knives going for 5K+ to as high as 15k depending on materials used and such. shop # 1184. This one has some beautiful engravings:

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  2. Phil in Alabama

    Phil in Alabama

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    Oct 31, 2005
    Looks like a "dropped hunter" instead of a semiskinner. As far as value l have no idea. It's a beauty regardless of the worth.
     
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  3. nwmetalbug

    nwmetalbug

    Jun 10, 2012
    Im not into fixed blades but that is really nice. I know its no help sorry
     
  4. WillB

    WillB Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 3, 2007
    I thought I semiskinner but I can see possible dropped hunter. Will look into that some more. Thanx
     
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  5. braillediver

    braillediver Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    Better pics of the engraving. Who did the engraving?
     
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  6. WillB

    WillB Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 3, 2007
    I will get up some better pics asap. Guess I'd have to find out who did the engraving mid 70s.
     
  7. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    yup, dropped point hunter. somewhere around upper 3k to 4k.
     
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  8. Win Heger

    Win Heger Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2000
    Better picture will help, I'm thinking dropped hunter. That bolster appears a little rough, that doesn't help. I'm guessing in the $3000 range.
     
  9. WillB

    WillB Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 3, 2007
    Here's some better pics:

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  10. Professor

    Professor Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 1999
    I'm far from an expert, and contacting one would be your best option (I sent you a PM), but Loveless moved from Lawndale CA to Riverside CA in 1974, so this could well be a mid-'70's piece. The engraving looks to have been done well after the fact and may or may not be the only detracting factor value-wise (an expert could speak better to the engraving -- for all I know, Bob tried his hand at that himself). All that said, Loveless dropped hunters with the football logo are moving in the $3500 to $5500 range dependent on condition, yours appearing to be good (I see what appear to be scuffs in the blade's mirror finish). Maybe more dependent on the engraving's author. Just my .02.
     
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  11. WillB

    WillB Gold Member Gold Member

    475
    Feb 3, 2007
    Thanx. John Denton is apparently foremost expert on all things Loveless knives, and he said 4-5k ish after I posted this, so I'd say you're pretty accurate.
     
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  12. eisman

    eisman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2009
    You're in the wrong forum, so get this moved to the "Custom" one. Lots of good info on Bob's knives there. Someone will know who did the engraving.
     
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