FB01 Bill Moran Featherweight

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The FB01 Bill Moran Featherweight is the first fixed blade produced by Spyderco, apart from the line of kitchen knives that were made earlier.

Appearance in catalogs

The FB01 Bill Moran Featherweight appeared in the following catalogs:

Designer

Bill Moran

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

FB01 Bill Moran Featherweight

"Bill Moran is recognized as the grandfather of American custom knifemaking and the founding father of the American Bladesmith Society. He started pounding steel, making knives more than fifty years ago. 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. We've made it available in two distinct blade shapes. The FB01 (pictured) has an upswept Bowe-style blade, the FB02, a drop-point shape (see related item below). 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." [1]

Variations

The FB01 Bill Moran Featherweight is made in Seki City, Japan and features a:

  • Skinner-style blade profile
  • Lanyard hole


SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Sheath Collectors club
FB01 Black FRN & Kraton PE VG-10 1997 - 1999 $165.00 (2020) The first version of the FB01 featured a mirror polished blade and leather cross-draw sheath Regular production Full Flat Integral leather slot RH, TD Leather Main
FB01 Black FRN & Kraton PE VG-10 2000 - $165.00 (2020) This version features a regular satin finished blade and a multi-carry Boltaron sheath. Initially the sheath was offered with a Tek-Lok, but it is currently offered with a G-Clip. Regular production Full Flat G-clip Multipositional Boltaron Main

Most collectible variation

The first production run FB01 Bill Moran Featherweight in VG-10 steel with a mirror polished finish and leather sheath, complete with original packaging in mint condition.

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the FB01 Bill Moran Featherweight:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
FB01 203mm N/A 99mm 89mm 3mm 84g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the FB01 Bill Moran Featherweight:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
FB01 8" N/A 3.875" 3.5" 0.125" 3oz

References

  1. The FB01 Bill Moran Featherweight in Spyderco's online catalog

Pictures

The FB01 Bill Moran Featherweight


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