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Loveless Shop Day 1

Discussion in 'W.A. Surls Knives (formerly WAS Knives)' started by allen456, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. allen456

    allen456 Moderator Moderator

    Nov 13, 2012
    Loveless Shop

    Hey folks! just thought I would share a few pics from my first day at the Loveless Shop with Jim Merritt. We spent most of the day getting to know each other and sharing stories. There is an overwhelming feeling when you walk in the door, a sense of the amazing knife work that has been accomplished here over the decades. The aroma of steel, handle material, machines, and machine lubricant is intoxicating, similar to walking into a garage of yesteryear. Several rooms jut from side to side, all designated for different task. Seeing the patterns on the wall, machines all over, knives in progress, shipping boxes stacked, gave a sense of being home in my shop or at Fiddleback Forge, however, I was standing in a world of greatness.

    The stories Jim shared with me today were amazing and he was open to answer any question I had and let me into his world both on a personal and professional level, almost as if we had been friends for years. You could sense he misses his long time friend and partner in the business. We spent some time going over details that I had questions about which of course led to even further questions. I am looking forward to being back at the shop at 6am tomorrow and continuing to attempt to soak in as much knowledge and experiences as possible.

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  2. Todd Isa 53

    Todd Isa 53 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Amazing! What a blessing. Soak it up.
  3. necrolicious


    Nov 14, 2014
    The level of organization in that shop is epic. Truly a lifetimes worth of dedication and passion packed in there. Incredible photos Allen. Thanks for letting us have a peek!
  4. Mob


    Sep 25, 2009
    Awesome! Looking forward to further updates
  5. bear71

    bear71 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Yeah mate!! Drink it all in and absorb the history, but most importantly enjoy yourself!
  6. Marko3


    Dec 12, 2010
    That is pretty cool stuff.. Loveless knives are very special . I know you will come away with some great knowledge and a lot of history.

  7. snippy


    Apr 1, 2014
    Wow - you are one lucky dude! Standing in the shadows of greatness!

    That is awesome that Jim continues to share his incredible knowledge.


    NUTRAMAC Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 8, 2014
    Allen what a fantastic opportunity to gleen from one if the best!
  9. willic

    willic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2013

    Thanks for sharing the story and pictures! WOW! It is cool to see your pictures of the shop I have seen so many times in other stories and articles. You are really there! Learn, my friend, I can't wait to see how this influences your knife making!

  10. CAD


    Jan 11, 2006
    Wonderful...thank you for the pictures!!!

    Chris D.:D
  11. Gevonovich


    Jan 17, 2011
    Living the dream!! Looking forward to hearing more:D
  12. Uncle_P


    Jul 11, 2014
    Great update. So happy for you bro.
  13. Bamboo


    Dec 16, 2004
    Awesome! We all hope you are having a great time. You missed a little ice storm...
  14. Adam Eklofe

    Adam Eklofe

    Jun 20, 2011
    Simply amazing! We are all super excited about how this experience is going to influence your amazing work.
  15. xxwjtxx

    xxwjtxx Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 13, 2013
    Awesome thread Allen -- thanks for sharing!!

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