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
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February 4,5 2023 Basic Bladesmithing w/ Ed Clarke
February 18, 2023 Member's Meeting
9:00 - Noon
February 18, 2023 Open Forging
The purpose of the William F. Moran, Jr. Museum and Foundation is to educate, preserve and promote the ancient art and craft of hand forged knives and tools used in Bladesmithing, and establish a William F. Moran, Jr. Museum for the collection and presentation of hand forged knives and Blacksmith Metalwork and to preserve the Moran Forge as a working Bladesmith shop.
EST. FEBRUARY 11, 2008