If there is a knife that has made history and even from school for those who start trying to build knives is Bob Loveless’s drop point knife.
Bob Loveless is probably the best designer to ever produce a knife, as design after design was always right.
Besides Drop Point, Sub-Hilts, New York Special, Hideouts, etc. every knife is overcome.
Loveless is like the Ferrari of the knife world.
Loveless has designed and done so well the knives that everyone copies it and wants to make a Drop Point when they start making knives.
All knife collectors definitely want to own one if they don’t want to leave a void in their knife collection.
Blues rock legend Eric Clapton also bought an original Loveless.
Loveless’s designs are known all over the world and even those who don’t know him as the name saw his knife.
This is not a knife, this is the knife!
The first knife I did or rather tried to do was the drop point and that’s maybe also why I consider it a school for a knife maker.
The maker who “started me” as in a Masonic sect to the art of knife making told me you have to do 5 drop points all the same.
That’s how it started, doing the same knife over and over again, give the wax, remove the wax, give the wax off.
In fact it is an exceptional method to know the constructive difficulties of each knife but not only leads you to acquire real control and also the first hard clash with the reality of making identical copies of the same knife.
A bit like doing covers when you learn to play and repeat the same solo for hours and hours continuously until you understand and unravel all the technical aspects but not only of that song or solo.
Knife making is also an art form but working freely on your knife is not the same thing as building replicas because it forces you to respect different “trajectories” that also lead to discovering the real greatness of the maker who created it.
It’s no coincidence that here on
I want to propose Knife Studies like this where I will try to provide you with the drawing of a famous knife that you can use to make your replica starting from the drawing.
The design will be faithful as proportions but respects the copyright of the famous maker’s knife.
The drop point name
The name of this knife comes from the shape of the blade that characterizes it but that has been made even more masterful by the details of the American maker that made it an icon in the knife shop and also as I told you before one of the most copied knives.
The drop-point blade is a form of blade that develops over the entire soul of the blade, from the handle of the knife to the tip.
The drop-point blade is a very common design for hunting knives and also from Bushcraft.
The bushcraft is a set of knowledge and techniques to live in a natural environment, leveraging its resources to meet basic needs such as food and shelter.
The curve at the apex of the drop-point blade is always convex, distinct from that of the clip-point blade.
Go and read the post on the types of blades.
The Loveless Drop Point is an icon in the knife shop.
The drawing of the Drop Point
As I told you before I want to provide you with the 1:1 scale drawing of the Drop Point, to help you make it happen.
This is not Bob Loveless’s exact original design but it is something very similar to the original.
With this design you have the guidelines and points to drill, etc. that you can use to build your drop point.
If it’s something you might be interested in write me an email!
Once you’re done, we post your drop point here on the blog and if you want to try to sell it.
The nice thing about this knife is that you can play on the different materials for the handle, from the micarta,
to the G10,
or simple pins, etc.
Knife construction is something incredibly creative, from shape, to choice of steel, colors, materials, etc.
Being a knife maker is very powerful!
What drop point teaches you:
- The concava bisellating (with a 250 mm wheel)
- The tapepreading of the knife tail
- The mounting of the guard
- The saticting of the blade
- The handle with a variable ergonomic shape
It teaches you a lot more but these are construction techniques that you have to face in addition to all the others, such as symmetry, back section up to the tip, etc.
Now if you don’t have the 250 mm diameter wheel it’s fine even from 200 mm even if the bisellature will be lower, even I did so at the beginning, then I took the 250 mm wheel.
If you don’t even have the contact wheel then you can do the flat bickering and if you don’t have the stool then there’s the file, what to say do with what you have but do.
There are several ways to drop point but look at Loveless’s photos and try to recreate the curves and harmonies of the handle, the ideal is to make 1:1 copies but you can also make your own version of drop point.
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