Spyderco FB02P Moran Drop Point - 3.88" Plain Edge Blade - Black FRN Handle - Boltaron Sheath

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Spyderco FB02P Bill Moran - Drop Point VG-10 Blade - Black FRN Handle w/Kraton Inlay

Rightfully recognized as the grandfather of American custom knifemaking, Bill Moran (1925-2006) was also the founding father of the American Bladesmith Society. He started making knives at the age of 12, and in the 1960's is credited with re-discovering the process of making damascus blades. If you're lucky enough to find a custom-made Moran to buy, expect to shell out five-figures, minimum. His work and designs are that revered.

Spyderco is privileged to offer a production fixed-blade collaboration patterned in Bill Moran's ageless tradition. It is available in two distinct blade shapes. The FB01 has an upswept Bowe-style trailing point blade, and the FB02 features a drop-point blade shape. Both blades are flat-ground VG-10 and carry Bill's signature. They are tapered, starting thick where the blade joins the handle, thinning down the spine to a fine, uniformly ground tip.

In the hand the knife conveys a unique feeling of balance, called by some a sweet spot. The sweet spot is due to the blade and handle being comparable in weight. This balance transfers into a feeling of steady control over the cutting edge. The FRN handle three-dimensionally fills out the palm and is inlayed with a panel of non-sliding Kraton. Highly recommended for hunting and camping both models come in a molded Boltaron sheath with multi-position G-Clip fastening system.

The Moran Featherweight is my personal pick as the best overall outdoor/hunting/survival field knife (short of a bowie) that you can carry. How's that for an ever-so-subtle recommendation? Jeff Loffer

  • Category End Use: Hunting/Outdoor/Survival
  • Blade Steel: VG-10
  • Blade Grind: FFG (full flat grind)
  • Blade Length: 3.88” (99 mm)
  • Edge Length: 3.38" (86 mm)
  • Length Overall: 8.06” (205 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: .125” (3 mm)
  • Handle Material: Black FRN w/Kraton Inlay
  • Weight, Knife: 3.1 oz. (88 g)
  • Weight, Sheath: 2.3 oz. (65 g)
  • Knife, Made In: Japan
  • Sheath, Made In: U.S.A.

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  • 5
    TOP DESIGN FIXED BLADE KNIFE - And a Real Bargain !

    Posted by Jedediah Smith on Feb 1st 2011

    This is one of my favorite fixed blade knives. It feels wonderful in the hand and is very lightweight. The handle design makes it easy to grip in many different ways, depending on the task at hand. Bill Moran, the Master Bladesmith who designed this knife, said it took decades for him to perfect. He used his custom version often as his everyday carry knife. (The design of this knife is mostly the same as the custom version. The custom and the original Spyderco had convex blades. The steel & handle material are different on this Spyderco than the fancier custom, but the weight and design itself are the same.) Bill has passed on, and now his knives go for tens of thousands of dollars as collectors items. So this is a real bargain, especially considering the fact you also get an excellent sheath worth $ 30 by itself. This knife is great for everyday carry, camp chores, field dressing game, or cleaning your catch. I tend to be stingy on ratings, but easily give this knife 5 stars.