Designed by Bill Moran, one of the founding fathers of the American Bladesmith Society, Spyderco’s Bill Moran drop-point, fixed blade knife provides adventurous knife owners with important modern features seldom found in traditional belt knives. Also find Moran’s signature etched in the blade.
This 8-1/16-inch-long hunting and survival knife features a fiberglass reinforced nylon (FRN) handle injection-molded around a flat tang. The steel blank is VG-10 high carbon stainless steel, the type chosen for fine chef’s knives as well as tough outdoorsman’s blades. To increase comfort and grip, the sides of the handle include panels of resilient Kraton.
The Bill Moran FB02P uses a familiar blade style, the drop point skinner, which suits camp chores as well as hunting. This plain-edged knife isn’t delicate — the flat grind gives the edge the strength many hollow ground skinners don’t have. No serrations means you can expect fast cutting with no scars. If you need a good blade for cutting wood as well as cutting rope, the FB02P does both types of work efficiently.
The Kydex G-clip sheath allows belt mounting in several positions. This three-ounce knife cuts back on weight with a blade thickness of only 1/8 inches and a conservative length of 3-7/8 inches, making it a very reasonable trail knife for ultralight hikers. The G-clip mounting allows owners to fix this knife to pack harness straps as well as belts, swiveling and locking in place for secure transport. If you’ve ever wrestled with a pack belt that won’t get along with a belt sheath, consider upgrading to the FB02P.