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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

Bill Moran at the Forge
Bill Moran
William F. Moran Museum & Foundation Shop

Museum Shop

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.

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