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.