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 Museum is located at:

4246 Old National Pike

Middletown, Md., 21769



Click here to learn the benefits of becoming a member.


The Moran Museum Shop is a working shop with a small Museum upstairs which displays Moran Knives and other items made by Bill. The Museum is open for special Frederick City Events and by appointment only.

William F. Moran "Forever a Legend"  - On Sale Now!


A wonderful book featuring the artistry of Bill Moran.  Click here for more information and the order form.

Upcoming Events

May Member Meeting!

Member Forging Day !!!

Saturday 05/15/2021, 8:00 am-12:30 pm

This will be held under the Pavilion 

Register for your time slot today (Members Only)

Time Slot Ticket Required to Forge, all others are welcome to observe and discuss

Bring your Favorite Knives!

To Register, Go to the Members page, log in to your account and  click Register on the time slot you want.

If you don't have an account yet, just click on "Login/Sign Up" in the upper right corner and create one.  You must be a Member to Forge, however, we welcome any and all new-comers to Observe & interact.  Memberships may be purchased on the "Shop" page.


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Jay Hendrickson, M.S.

This is Jay Hendrickson, one of our ABS Master Smiths, performing a knife making Demonstration at Bill's Anvil & Forge.