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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

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Moran Knife

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Upcoming Events!

Feb 24, 2024

Feb 28-29, 2024

Mar 16, 2024
9:00 - 

Mar 22-24, 2024

Apr 13, 2024
9:00 - 

Apr 20-21, 2024

Master Docent Series Workshop

@ The Frederick Historic Site Consortium

  15 W. Church Street, Frederick

Robert Wilson presents: 

"Bill Moran Facts & Fiction"


The Heights School - Private Class

"Forging the Future"


Member's Meeting & Open Forge

"Forged in Fire - Meet the Makers"

Come and hear from our local contestants who have participated in the show talk about their experiences and answer your questions!

Butch Sheely with a forged tomahawk

"Wrapped Eye Tomahawk" class with Butch Sheely


Member's Meeting & Open Forge

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"Advanced Heat Treating" class with Kevin Cashen


May 11, 2024
9:00 - 

May 18, 2024
9:00 - 

Moran Knife Display

@ The Wolfsville Chainsaw Carving & Artisan


Member's Meeting & Open Forge

Jun 7-9, 2024

The Atlanta Bladeshow!

Jun 15, 2024
9:00 - 

Jun 20, 2024
9:00 - 

Member's Meeting & Open Forge

Member's Meeting & Open Forge

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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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