Pros: Finish, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Weight, Sheath/Scabbard
Not too big, not too small. Just Right!
Looking for a lightweight EDC, backpacking, or hunting knife? Look no further than the Spyderco Bill Moran! This is one well thought out package and a real tribute to the man who designed it. While it looks a bit unconventional with a slightly upswept spine for a drop point hunter style blade and what looks like an abbreviated handle, beauty is in its feel in the hand. The tear drop shaped handle fills the palm of the hand without extending past it. The rubber inserts are grippy without being too tacky. No pommel to pound with. There is a nice finger choil which allows you to choke up on the knife and use your index finger along the spine for fine work. It's just big enough to avoid cutting yourself if you're careful but I wish it were rounded off a bit instead of square. It's not a full tang knife so don't plan on batoning it through many logs but the razor sharp full flat grind makes it an awesome slicer and no one should be planning on doing much chopping with a 3 oz knife, anyway. So far I've used mine for food prep, while backpacking, and doing everyday cutting tasks and it's done beautifully. Is VG-10 the latest and greatest super steel? No, but it gets the job done, it's corrosion resistant, relatively easy to sharpen, and it's affordable. The partial stick tang isn't popular with the built like a tank crowd but it keeps the weight down which makes it so nice as an EDC or backpacking knife. While I know the Spyderco hole is a trademark, I don't like the fact food and blood could get trapped in it for hygiene purposes. The sheath is great. Light, super retention, and the blade locks I'm with a positive snap. One minor gripe on a blacked out knife and sheath are the two stainless screws holding on the belt loop. This is the only bit of lack of attention to detail on the whole package. Pros: Overall compact length and low weight; comes with a great sheath; designed by a legendCons: Not made in the USA; not for batoning or pounding stakes. Get one, you won't be disappointed.