Featured Artists

Occasionally we come across artists who we feel are deserving of more attention and interest from collectors. In the case of the two gentlemen listed on this page, Mike Lovett and Owen Wood, it's safe to say that their work is exceptional and worthy of the highest praise. If you love elegant Art Knives or the very finest Loveless style fixed blades, don't wait too long, as both these makers have a substantial waiting list which continues to grow. You won't be disappointed.


Mike Lovett: Mike Lovett has always been fascinated with knives, any kind of knives. And he drove his parents crazy from an early age with his passion for all things sharp and pointy! This obsession with knives could be blamed on his grandfather and a few uncles, especially uncle Dr. Burl Gilliland who was an accomplished wood carver who made his own tools and taught Mike how to make his very first knife at age 6 or 7. And from that point on Mike made his spending money making and sharpening knives for other Scouts

 

And then in 1966 it happened, Mike saw his first Bob Loveless knife and he was hooked, and when he got out of the Air Force in 1975 he bought a square wheel grinder and the rest is history. Mike was fortunate to have many fine mentors along the way, including but not limited to, Bob Loveless, Jim Merritt, Buster Warenski, Harvey McBurnette, George Herron and Clay Gault. But he always likes to mention that most important of all is the core knife making philosophy he holds in common with Bob Loveless and Jim Merritt. And simply put that means a strong belief in the idea that since a knife is a tool designed to be used it must follow certain principles.

Of course it does have to be attractive enough for people to want to pick it up, but more importantly, it has to feel right in the hand, not only in one position but in all of the positions in which it is likely to be used. This is what Bob and Jim have spent countless hours working on with Mike. Going into great detail they have discussed and analyzed every curve, edge and contour on the Loveless knives, as well as the reasons for each and every one of them. They have also supplied Mike with steel, tools and even permission to use a version of the Loveless Logo - with the name changed to Lovett of course!

Through all of this contact and coaching Mike has learned how to make the Loveless knife correctly, learning in the process that it's not enough to emulate them, you have to know and understand all of the ins and outs of the design. A copier or a counterfeiter simply cannot accomplish this to the proper degree, and this is what separates the Lovett-Loveless connection from all the rest.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Mike Lovett to the KnifeLegends family. If you have a passion for Loveless knives we can guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Comments on Mike Lovett from Bob Loveless:

"Finally someone got it right - someone finally understands why we do the things we do with our knives." "Not just a copy for copying sake, but for a reason." "Now maybe someone can afford to use a Loveless again." "It was never my intention that they become "Collectors Items" never to be used."

R.W. Loveless

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Owen Wood: Owen became interested in making knives in 1972 and seven years later became South Africa's first professional knife maker. In 1980 he was involved in founding the Knifemaker's Guild of Southern Africa and was chairman of the organization for 10 years. Eventually his attention was drawn to the international knife making scene, and he has exhibited annually in the US since 1982. On a less regular basis he has exhibited in France Germany, Switzerland and Italy


In 1999 Owen and his family moved from South Africa to Denver, Colorado where he spent two years working for Spyderco, both in their research and development department, and running their Golden factory before returning to full time knife making.

But in the end it is Owen's approach to design that really makes him stand out. He sees the knife as a complete object, and he tries to design the entire knife, handle, scales, bolsters, pommel and blade into a fully integrated work of art. When he makes his steel he is thinking of how the pattern of the blade will integrate with the elements in the handle, and of course, the overall shape of the knife. And in choosing material for a bolster or pommel he takes a similar approach.

This also applies to to the scale or handle material, particularly when it has strong directional qualities. Similarly he feels the engravers work should compliment the design as well. And in collaborating with an engraver, Owen believes their ideas should run in a similar vein to his own in order to create a truly great piece. Owen also feels strongly about textures and levels of detail, that is the knife should hold a collectors interest from all aspects. This includes shape and color as well as texture. Examples of this attention to detail include raised liners, chamfered corners, sunken back spacers, decorated pins or rivets and other similar design nuances.

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