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William F. Moran

William Francis Moran Jr.
Born (1925-05-01)May 1, 1925
Frederick, Maryland
Died February 12, 2006(2006-02-12) (aged 80)
Occupation Knifemaker, Bladesmith
Spouse(s) Margaret Creager
Awards Blade Cutlery Hall of Fame

William F. Moran Jr. or Bill Moran (May 1, 1925 - February 12, 2006) was a knifemaker who founded the American Bladesmith Society and reintroduced the process of making pattern welded steel to modern knife making.[1][2] Moran's knives were sought after by celebrities and heads-of-state. The "William F. Moran School of Bladesmithing" bears his name and in addition to founding the ABS, he was a Blade Magazine Hall of Fame Member and a President of the Knifemakers' Guild.


  • Early life 1
  • Knife making 2
  • Death 3
  • Legacy 4
  • Further reading 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Moran was born on a dairy farm near Lime Kiln, Maryland in 1925. There he learned the craft of

  • Essay on Bill Moran
  • Tribute to Bill Moran
  • Interview with Bill Moran

External links

  1. ^ Barney, Richard W.; Loveless, Robert W. (1995) [1977]. How to Make Knives. Knife World Publications. p. 169.  
  2. ^ a b  
  3. ^ a b c Williamson, Elizabeth (2003-07-06). "Artisan's Creations Lure Kings of Countries, Film; Frederick Bladesmith Among the World's Finest". The Washington Post. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Holley, Joe (2006-02-15). "Bill Moran, 80; Damascus Steel Bladesmith". Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  5. ^ Pacella, Gerard (2002). 100 Legendary Knives. Krause Publications. p. 22.  
  6. ^ Kertzman, Joe (2007). Art of the Knife. Krause Publications. pp. 224–226.  
  7. ^ Rasmussen, Frederick (2005 pages=15-16). "William F. Moran". The Anvil's ring (Blacksmiths' Association of North America) 34. 
  8. ^ Luse, Nancy (February 13, 2006). "Bill Moran dies at age 80". Frederick News-Post. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  9. ^ Delavigne, Kenneth (2004). Spyderco Story: The New Shape of Sharp (Hardcover). Colorado: Paladin Press. p. 42.  
  10. ^ Overton, Mac (2007), "Emerson Knives: The #1 Hard Use Knives in the World", Knives Illustrated 21 (4): 36–43 
  11. ^ Ewing, Dexter (2004), "Knives and Lights", Blade Magazine 31 (3): 126–129 
  12. ^ "Mr. SpeedSafe Joins the Club". Blade Magazine. 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  13. ^ Shackleford, Steve (1997). "Family Rules at ABS Hall of Fame". Blade (F&W Media) 24 (12): 66. 
  14. ^ "Bill Moran Jr. (1925–2006)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  15. ^ "Moran Museum". American Bladesmith Society. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 


Hughes, B.R.; C. Houston Price (1996). Master of the Forge, Wiiliam F. Moran Jr. and His Classic Blades. Perry & Price Publications. p. 216.  

Further reading

As of 2008, the American Bladesmith Society is in the process of creating a Moran Museum as a wing of a new Frederick County Library in Middletown, Maryland, less than a mile from where Moran's shop stood.[15]

In 1986, Moran was inducted into the Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame.[12] Two years later in 1988, Moran and the ABS founded a Bladesmithing School in cooperation with Texarkana College. The campus was located in Washington, Arkansas near the place where James Black, made the first Bowie knife. In 1996, Moran was inducted into the American Bladesmith Society Hall of Fame as an inauguree.[13] From 1988 to 2001, Moran taught at least one class a year at the school.[4] Upon his retirement from teaching in 2001, the school was renamed the "William F. Moran School of Bladesmithing".[14]

Apart from his influence regarding the forged blade, pattern welding, and damascus steel, Moran's influence has spread to other realms of the cutlery industry beyond "Art Knives". Copies of Moran's knives have been made by production knife companies. Ernest Emerson has long stated that the Moran ST-23 was one of the inspirations for his CQC-8 folding knife.[10][11]

Spyderco Bill Moran Drop Point


Moran died of cancer on February 12, 2006, at Frederick Memorial Hospital. After his death, one of his Bowie knives sold for $30,000 at auction.[4] According to his obituary in the Washington Post, Moran willed his forge and tools to the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation.[4]


[4], Sylvester Stallone's knife cost the actor $7,000 and included over 30 feet of silver wire in the handle.Washington Post According to the [8][4][3] of Saudi Arabia.King Abdullah and Queen Elizabeth II and members of royalty including Sylvester Stallone Moran had a 20-year long waiting list and sold knives to such celebrities as [7] In 1972, Moran was elected president of the

Moran forged his knives using a coal forge in the manner of a blacksmith using a hammer and anvil to shape the steel. In the 1950s he was one of the last few Damascus steel in the late 1960s. However, no living bladesmith knew the exact techniques and without a recipe for the process, it was in danger of being lost; through trial and error he taught himself pattern welding and referred to it as "Damascus steel".[4][5]

Knife making

[4] In 1960 he sold the family farm to become a full-time knife maker.[3]

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