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Loved the film! Bob’s name will go on as long as people are using knives, just like a great composer who wrote music many hundreds of years ago that people are still listening to today. WHAT A GREAT LEGACY! THANKS FOR MAKING THE FILM.
When he gave me a blade that I had waited many years for, he dropped it on the floor and the tip broke. That was a hide-out, double grind. Later he mentioned in the movie how the double grinds are not strong. Over the years I had in my possession some very collectable loveless knives. I knew right from 74′ that Bob was a genius and those knives would be valuable. I bought a Lawndale, a beauty, for $100.00 in 75′ at a gun show in Milwaukie. I bought a drop point blade which I knew was different for $75.00. That turned out to be the ivory 75 yr set that was in Blade magazine in ’01.
I have many memories of Bob and Jim, and your movie will allow me to keep them preserved. I was in the shop some time ago and had the chance to photo some great places around the shop. Again, thanks Dave. Great movie.
I received the DVD in the mail the other day and watched it as soon as I had a chance. It’s an excellent, first class production that will serve as inspiration to my friend and I as we venture into the knife making business ourselves.
I work at Gerber in Portland, OR. I started my knife career here in 1993 as a manufacturing engineer. I was very, very fortunate to meet Bob in the late 90’s when Gerber created a limited edition Dropped Hunter Fixed Blade. He was also instrumental when I was with Jim Wehrs and Doug Hutchens when we started Lone Wolf Knives (LWK) in 2001. We were able to go to Riverside and have many hours visiting. At LWK we created a Dropped Hunter Fixed Blade, Dropped Hunter Sheath Folder and a Folding City Knife. Bob taught me many things about knives and I was thankful that every time we met with him he was excited to see us and spend many hours discussing politics, watches, cars and airplanes – as well as knives. I went back to Gerber in 2008 and will never forget the time I spent with Bob.
On Friday, I showed the movie to about 50 colleagues, 99% of whom had never met Bob even though he used to help Pete Gerber back in the day. More people appreciated that movie more than other movies we’ve watched and I was able to share a few personal moments which, truth be told, choked me up.
Just had a chance to sit and watch the DVD!!! It is very well done!! I really enjoyed how it touched on everything from Loveless’ life, character, and personality to the knives, and making them……and everything between!!! I am actually not a knife maker, but rather a maker of bamboo fly rods, but it is so enjoyable to see people so talented in a trade, and to get a glimpse at their finished products. I got up from the movie feeling good about Bob and who he was, and woefully sorry I never had the chance to meet him!!!! Again, very well done!!!
Thanks so much,
Here is a review from William Fordes, Supervising Producer of Law and Order:
“A moving memorial to a genius craftsman by filmmakers as gifted as their subject.”
Thanks very much William! We’re glad you enjoyed it.
This was our first review! It comes from custom knife collector Mitchell Shaw in Olive Branch Mississippi, USA, and was sent to Executive Producer Dave Ellis, Master Bladesmith.
“It was really nice to see how much [Bob Loveless] really affected the knifemaking world. I think the transitions from Loveless, to Merrit, to [Dave, Ed and Jack] sitting around talking were all tied together really well. It had a good high and low flow throughout the whole movie ending with his death. I think you did a great job capturing the life of the man in a dignified way.
Dear Jack Lucarelli,
CONGRATULATIONS! Your film, Robert Loveless: An American Legend has been accepted as an Official Selection of the 2012 AOF International Film Festival. We are delighted to partner with you to showcase your project and to acknowledge your hard work and dedication. We have organized an incredible event featuring films and videos from around the world including Canada, Australia, England, Africa, Thailand, Germany, Sweden, Japan, China, Russia, Italy, Spain, and of course, the U.S.
And he followed it with this:
What’s Happening At The AOF? Glad You Asked…..
In this edition of the AOF News:
Jack Lucarelli scores big with his new film: Robert Loveless: An American Legend.
AOF Filmmaker Review: LOVELESS Filmmaker, actor, teacher, director, and AOF Award Winner and Alum, Jack Lucarelli, hits it big with his new documentary:
ROBERT LOVELESS: An American Legend. Lucarelli has so seamlessly blurred the line between documentary and biography that he has created a new type of film with his new project on the life and times of the greatest knifemaker in the history of the world.
Many of you will recognize the Lucarelli name from his multi award winning action film, Cartel War (Formerly Disrupt/Dismantle), but this incredible filmmaker along with the help of editor David Bartlett has recreated himself as a force in the world of documentary filmmaking.
The film chronicles the life and times of the most celebrated knife maker in the world, Robert Loveless. With camera work and editing as sharp as any of the masters’ knives, Lucarelli and Bartlett slice through the decades of material about the man and his work like fine chefs.
Never dull, always intriguing and powerful in its message and statements, the film is not only for knife enthusiasts but for anyone who just wants to see a damn good film.
The film will make its AOF Debut this August in a Special Premiere: Presented by Velo Bikes Pasadena.
And here is an article on inktip he had published:
One of the best documentary films we’ve seen in a long time. Come check out the Jack Lucarelli, David Bartlett Masterpiece that has heads turning all over the country. The story of Robert Loveless isn’t just the story of the greatest knife maker in the world, but a story of a couple of great filmmakers, doing what they do best.
AOF Festival VIII happens between August 17-25, 2012 in Monrovia CA. Robert Loveless An American Legend is scheduled to screen August 18. Join us there!
And check in with us for more notices and reviews.