Bill Moran is the grandfather of custom knifemaker. Although knife enthusiasts consider Spyderco an authority in folders, this fixed-blade design by Bill Moran demonstrates Spyderco's flexibility as a knife company. Bill Moran is the most "in demand" cutlery smith in America. His waiting list for a custom made piece exceeds 20 years. He is the father of modern Damascus steel and founder of the American Bladesmith's Society. The FB01 Bill Moran Featherweight Fixed Blade model is modest and unpretentious in its ability and aptitude. Rather like Bill himself. The FB01 has an upswept trailing point blade shape. This model is made out of VG-10 stainless steel done in a scapel-like flat grind. Featherweights make a phenomenal camp utility knife and/or hunting companion. The handle is FRN with rubbery Krayton insets. This is a decided bonus in the field when hands are frequently soaked, numb or gloved. They are snuggly encased in a Concealex sheath equipped with a 6 position TekLock fastening system. Riding comfortably on clothing, a belt or pack the TekLock positions the knife in six separate carry positions: Vertically, horizontally, inverted, cross-draw, open, or in the small of your back.
Blade Steel: VG-10
Blade Thickness: 1/8" 3mm
Case/Sheath: Concealex Sheath
Diam. Blade Hole: NA
Edge Type: PlainEdge
Handle Material: FRNR with Kraton insert
Length Blade: 3 7/8" 99mm
Length Closed: NA
Length Cutting Edge: 3 3/8" 86mm
Length Overall: 8 1/16" 205mm
Weight: 3oz 84g
|Blade Material||Stainless Steel (VG-10)|
|Knife Type||Fixed Blade|
|Pocket Clip Included||No|
Quick! List the most respected and innovative knife companies you can think of. If you know anything about knives, Spyderco is somewhere near the top. Spyderco Inc. makes some of the most unique and downright bizarre knife designs you'll see on the market, but from the number of passionate fans discussing, debating, and learning everything they can about Spyderco knives, it's clear that the company has done something right.
From the Glesser Family and the Spyderco Crew:
Since starting Spyderco we've been told our knives are different, peculiar, even out there. All true. Thinking beyond established knife industry barriers allowed us to introduce new and radical innovations to the knife culture including: One-hand opening, serrations on a folder and a clip to attach a knife to a pocket.
We didn't go into business to rake in a mountain of dough we're here for more selfish reasons- indulging our passion for creating knives. Spyderco is definitely out of the norm in the knife industry in our dedication to researching and developing fresh, improved and better performing materials all with function and reliability being key.
Someone once said to Sal Glesser, Spyderco's owner, 'You must design in the dark because your knives look so strange.' True again. Our recognizable appearance is a result of designing ergonomic functional tools rather than applying lipstick and nylons to a pocketknife. We may look curious, homely, whatever, but we'll never be called unusable or undependable.
Making knives that consistently deliver reliable high-performance requires an ongoing commitment to testing. In our million-dollar testing facility we examine edge retention with a CATRA machine, look for rust development with Q-FOG, check the force needed to open and close a knife. We also repeatedly test for stress, wear, optimal heat-treating and actively search for higher quality, performance enhancing steels and materials.
As a customer you probably don't think about this, or much care, but it allows us to put forth a promise. When you purchase a Spyderco you are buying a high-quality reliable cutting tool designed and manufactured for peak performance and ergonomic comfort. Those Who Know Carry Spyderco.