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Old 12-12-2007, 02:01 PM
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Who will be the next Bill Moran?

Will it be Fogg, Fisk, Fowler,........ Fikes?

... or who?


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Old 12-12-2007, 02:52 PM
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Tai,

Those, my friend, are some enormous shoes to fill. Mr. Moran was so much more than a bladesmith. He was a visionary, an idealist whose feet were firmly planted on the ground, and an icon to the entire cutlery world.

Someone may eventually rise to the top but icons are not easily or soon replaced.

Just my .02.

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Old 12-12-2007, 03:20 PM
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Artist: Bo Diddley
Album: 16 All Time Greatest Hits
Title: Who Do You Love


(ellas mcdaniel) 1956

I walk 47 miles of barbed wire,
I use a cobra-snake for a necktie,
I got a brand new house on the roadside,
Made from rattlesnake hide,
I got a brand new chimney made on top,
Made out of a human skull,
Now come on take a walk with me, arlene,
And tell me, who do you love?

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?

Tombstone hand and a graveyard mine,
Just 22 and i don't mind dying.

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?

I rode around the town, use a rattlesnake whip,
Take it easy arlene, don't give me no lip,

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?

Night was dark, but the sky was blue,
Down the alley, the ice-wagon flew,
Heard a bump, and somebody screamed,
You should have heard just what i seen.

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?

Arlene took me by my hand,
And she said ooowee bo, you know i understand.

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?


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Old 12-12-2007, 03:26 PM
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I'd like to heard Bo's version, the only one I'm familiar with is Quicksilver's.

Steve
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:44 PM
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George Thorogood!


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Old 12-12-2007, 04:11 PM
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I nominate Lynn Thompson!
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I would have to say that Bill's place in knife history is pretty safe.Kind'a like they'll never be another first man on the moon.


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Old 12-12-2007, 06:19 PM
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True,... but there is Mars and Europa.


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I agree that Bill Moran will never be replaced. Someone may do some extraordinary things in the knife world but they will have their own place to fill. There is enough room at the top for more.

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Old 12-12-2007, 08:56 PM
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Why should anyone try to be the next Bill Moran? We already had one. It's better that each person be the best that they can be and develope to their own potential. Then if a position of leadership and authority needs to be filled, they can fill it by their own merits.

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Old 12-12-2007, 09:01 PM
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. There is enough room at the top for more.

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Very,very well said!!!
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This discussion brings up one phrase: One of a kind.

Mr. Moran was one of a kind. People may follow in his shoes and bring greater things to our occupaton, but not a single person can become what he was. Innovator, inventer, teacher, sage... Just try and become HALF of what he is to the knifemaking community.

Joe Nelson

PS- I never met the man, but I strive to be worthy of what he taught.


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Old 12-13-2007, 07:43 AM
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It was a "poetic" question.

Never mind....


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Old 12-13-2007, 10:29 AM
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Moran stories

My favorite storie about Bill was from the book Master Of The Forge, and tells of the young Bill who raised skunks for their pelts. When he felt he needed some time off from school he would go into his skunk pen, and harass one enough to get sprayed. He'd then go to school and get sent home til the stink wore off, which I figure must have taken a week or so. Yikes Wish I'd thought of that. I never liked school much either, sept for art and industrial arts classes. I practically lived in the art dept.
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Old 12-14-2007, 09:05 AM
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Interesting discussion here. Also because Mr. Moran was and is virtually unknown over here in Europe (and i guess also the rest of the non-US world) except for some knife crazy people who have been looking at the internet and/or some difficult to find americam knife magazines or books.

Personally, i am interested in knives since about 35 years and can read in half a dozen languages, but the first time i heard of him was maybe 8 years ago or so, again due to the internet.

From what i read, he seemed to be a gentle, friendly and helpful bladesmith and knifemaker, just as so many other people i met in this small world of sharp blades here and all over the globe. So from a more far away point of view and apart from the fact that there's never anybody who may really replace an individual as we're all one of a kind, there are fortunately for all of us not one but hundreds or even thousands of bladesmiths being able to replace him.

Achim

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