William F. Moran Jr
The names were Moran, Randall, Loveless, Morseth, Ruana.
Robert Loveless continues on. Bo Randall, Harry Morseth and Rudy Ruana have all already passed from us. It is with sadness that I've noted around the forums in recent days, and now here, the passing of William F. (Bill) Moran Jr. at age 80.
Bill Moran did more in his life to promote bladesmithing and custom knifemaking and breathe life into the field than probably any other single man. Even for those of us who never met or corresponded with him (and I must say I am, to my regret, a one) he provided inspiration in artistry and in character as we took steel to the forge and to the grinder. The knifemakers knifemaker may be an understatement, but Mr. Moran's talent, innovation and good spirit has touched almost all of us who makes knives in one way or another.
There is a different kind of spirit that flows in the veins of the artisan, as different in the blood as streams of nickel in damascus, and it is a touch of those who have gone before, a breath of creativity and will to continue, to carry on, and to make them proud.
They say a man is not gone until all his work, and his spirit, are forgotten. Hopefully Bill Moran will live forever in our minds, our hearts and in the fire of our forges.
Some links for photos of Bill and his work and shop, as well as reading about him and his life:
For those who want a Moran classic, but cant afford the $10,000 + that the originals go for, CAS Iberia offers a very nice Moran design Persian dagger:
Spyderco also offers two excellent fixed blades designed by Moran, of a more utilitarian design that would be a pleasure to own and use.