FB02 Bill Moran Drop Point

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The FB02 Moran Drop Point is the second fixed blade design collaboration with Bill Moran. The FB02 is a drop point version of the practical, lightweight and compact FB01 Bill Moran Featherweight.

Appearance in catalogs

The FB02 Moran Drop Point appeared in the following catalogs:

Designer

Bill Moran

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

FB02 Moran Drop Point

"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 FB02 has a drop-point shape while the FB01 has an upswept Bowie-style blade. 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 FB02 Moran Drop Point 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
FB02 Black FRN & Kraton PE VG-10 2001 - $165.00 (2020) 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
FB02OR Orange FRN & Kraton PE VG-10 2009 $119.95 This version features an orange FRN handle with a black Kraton inlay Sprintrun Full Flat G-clip Multipositional Boltaron Main
FB02BB Black FRN & Kraton PE VG-10 2011 - 2014 $119.95 (2014) This version features a black blade. Regular production Full Flat G-clip Multipositional Boltaron Main

Most collectible variation

The FB02 Moran Drop Point with an orange and black handle,complete with original packaging in mint condition.

Questions regarding collecting the FB02

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the FB02 Moran Drop Point:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
FB02 205mm N/A 99mm 86mm 3mm 84g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the FB02 Bill Moran Drop Point:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
FB02 8.063" N/A 3.875" 3.375" 0.125" 3oz

References

  1. The FB02 Moran Drop Point in Spyderco's online catalog

Pictures

The FB02 Bill Moran Drop Point
The FB02 Bill Moran Dropoint sprint run, with an orange FRN and black kraton handle
The FB02 Bill Moran Drop Point with a black blade

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