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ABS to auction Bill Moran-made knife at Blade.

Within the American Bladesmith Society, there is a charitable sub-group known as The Order of the Mystic Brotherhood (TOMB). They distribute donations to members who have run into trouble such as a shop fire or injury. They also donate materials to ABS teaching events and the like. They auction off a very special, collector-grade knife each year at the Blade Show, and they have announced this years Object of Desire.

It is a knife that was crafted in the 1960’s by none other than ABS founder Bill Moran. It is an M-11 that came from the private collection of Col. Bud Brandt. At has been detailed/cleaned by ABS Master Jay Hendrickson who even used a vintage piece of leather that came from Bill Moran’s shop to make a new sheath for it.

In the above video, Hendrickson gives a bit of background on the knife as well as TOMB. He then shows off and describes the knife in detail. (Jump ahead to 1:45 to get right to the knife)

He tells a humorous story about the evolution of the M-11. When it debuted, it retailed for a whopping $36, and there were old-timers who scoffed at paying so much for a knife. If they only knew.

When Moran released his second catalog, the price had climbed to $55. When his third and final catalog came out in 1981, the knife was selling for  $360. This early example is expected to sell for thousands. It will be part of the ABS Auction at Blade Show in June.

You can read more about Bill Moran here.

Discussion

One response to “ABS to auction Bill Moran-made knife at Blade.

  1. “He tells a humorous story about the evolution of the M-11. When it debuted, it retailed for a whopping $36, and there were old-timers who scoffed at paying so much for a knife. If they only knew.”

    I love these stories about prices back when….what youngins today forget is that back when Moran was selling his wares, wages were next to zero… In 1970 I was making 78 dollars A WEEK. That folks is 1.95 an hour. So I couldn’t afford half a weeks pay for a Moran. Does anyone think today of a 300 or 400 dollar blade as a steal? Nope…folks call that a safe queen.

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