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Ed Love bowie

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Duckdog, Aug 5, 2017.

  1. Duckdog

    Duckdog Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    I have an Ed Love bowie that is 13.75" long with a 8.25" blade. Ed Love Knifemaker is etched in an oval crest at the top of one side of the blade just in front of the ricasso. The serial number, 044, is engraved on the ricasso of the other side of the blade. I can't find much information on Ed Love or on this knife, but it is one of my favorites.

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    - Stuart
     
  2. Duckdog

    Duckdog Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    I should add that I'm not looking for a valuation nor a sale, just some information on Ed Love and this knife (which my stepfather gave to me). I am collecting some hardcover books on custom makers and may be able to glean information that way, too.
    - Stuart
     
  3. jjtjr

    jjtjr Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2001
    Duckdog,

    Ed Love is listed in the Knives Annuals in the 1980's & 1990's. "Knives '84" says that he lived in Fort Gordon, Georgia, grinds and is a full time maker. His mark is his name in an oval logo.

    In "Knives '93" he is listed as living in Tallahsssee, Florida. It says that his mark is his name in a weeping heart.

    The last entry that I found for him was in "Knives '99." It lists his address as San Antonio, Texas. It says that he was a part-time maker who grinds ATS-34. His first knife was sold in 1980. It says that his mark is his name in a weeping heart.

    I know nothing else about his knives.

    From the logo in your photo I would guess that your knife was made in the 1980's.
     
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  4. Duckdog

    Duckdog Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    Thank you, jjtjr. After I posted, I did some more research: I found the walnut presentation plaque that came with the knife ( in some of my old family "stuff", not where I keep my knives) that has a metal plate with "Handcrafted by Ed Love Ft. Gordon, GA"; and I found a message on a German knife collector forum that listed his 1999 address as San Antonio. It confirms your information. I will see if that address is still valid. I appreciate your help.
    - Stuart
     
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  5. Patrick pagel

    Patrick pagel

    2
    Feb 23, 2018
    I know this post is kind of old however I was searching to see the prices for an Ed Love night the reason being is Edmund Love is in fact my grandfather through marriage. I've had the opportunity billing up to lunch and handcraft is nice and I know he sells them for a very decent price which is very well worth it because of the time and effort he takes not only that but a bit more information on Ed Love, was a US Army veteran also a college English professor and while also being a ballistics expert. He currently does ballistics work primarily firearms quite a bit of cold cases and current murders or homicides. He is honestly an admirable man and it's still to this day amazes me that in his age he will take the time to handcraft any knife for anyone who who request one. And the information on the San Antonio address is correct and they also have lived in Tallahassee where as a toddler I lived with him for a couple years. He is currently still married to my grandmother on my mother's side and he does very well with himself as stated above is a very admirable man he is my idol and I do love and respect him very much. Truly warms my heart to see his work and being appreciated by others so thank you.
     
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  6. Patrick pagel

    Patrick pagel

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    Feb 23, 2018
    Forgive the word misplacement I'm using the talk to text
     

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