W. F. MORAN (AMERICAN 1925-2006)
13.5 X 4" RARE BOWIE KNIFE ORIGINAL W/ SHEATH PROVENANCE AND PURCHASE RECEIPT OVER $10,000.00
William F. Moran, Jr. or Bill Moran (May 1, 1925 - February 12, 2006) was born in Frederick, Maryland and is considered the father of the modern knife forging movement. He is credited with reintroducing the process of making pattern welded steel (the ancient process called Damascus steel).
Without a doubt, history will show that Bill Moran was the most famous bladesmith of the 20th century. His accomplishments are well documented in many books and articles. His knives are highly sought after by celebrities and heads-of-states.
The Los Angeles Times published the Washington Post obituary for Moran in Feb. 2006 including the following "About 25 years ago, he charged about $500 for one of his better knives. Recently, one of his Bowie knives sold for about $30,000."
He founded the American Bladesmithing Society in 1976 and the American Bladesmith School in 1988 to perpetuate the craft.
Learn more about his life's work at the William F. Moran Jr. Museum in Middleton, Maryland.