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The History of RWL34™

Learn more the history of one of our most popular steels, crafted in honour of Bob Loveless.

A tradition of innovation

The history of RWL34™ comes from the world famous knife maker Robert W Loveless, January 2, 1929 – September 2, 2010. Bob Loveless or RW Loveless was an American knife maker who designed and popularized the hollow ground drop point blade and the use of full tapered tangs and screw-type handle scale fasteners within the art of knife making. He is cited by other knife makers and collectors as one of the most innovative custom knife makers in the world.

Bob discovered the use of the Japanese made ball bearing steel ATS34 from Kobe Steel as best suited for his high demands for a stainless hardenable knife steel. Pelle Billgren the founder of Damasteel® was in search for the best stainless knife steels and learnt what Bob had discovered. Pelle was able to transform the already good ATS34 into a superior Powder Metallurgy made steel.

A knife is a tool, and I make ’em to be used. It burns me up that most of them wind up in velvet boxes and display cases, priced so high your average deer hunter or cowboy can’t afford ’em.

Robert Waldorf “Bob” Loveless

Damasteel® was the first in the world to produce a powder metallurgy version of the ATS34 named RWL34™ after Bob Loveless. Today the RWL34™ is made in the world’s most modern powder metallurgy manufacturing facility ensuring an incomparable cleanliness.

RWL34™ is particular successful product with very high strength and toughness combined with extreme edge sharpness that is easy to maintain. RWL34™ most appreciated features among knife makers are the ease to work with and the ability to mirror finish polish. RWL34™ is a steel in line with Bob‘s uncompromising thinking of quality and usability.

Learn more about working with our non-patterned stainless steel, available in sheets and bar format.

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