Jason Knight is well-recognized as the ABS Master Bladesmith in the American Bladesmith Society. He appeared as one of the judges in season 3 of History’s series, Forged in Fire. Besides his appearance, he is also an educator to the next generations smith in colleges and schools.
Jason Knight was passionate on the forge since his young age. His father used to read him a story of giants and dragons. As a kid, he started believing in the existence of it which encouraged him to make wooden knives and swords. Soon, he made one of the real knives while studying at high school.
In 90s, Bladesmithing was not considered as the respectable profession in the society. This discouraged Jason to pursue his career in forging and was in the verge of giving up. However, his grandmother encouraged him to follow his passion. She sent him to American Bladesmith society in 2001 to learn how to forge, paying the fees for his classes.
His passion towards forging took him to the show in California where he won an award for a best new maker. After achieving an award, he got popular not only among collectors but also with makers.
His passion can also be proved by his statement, “Bladesmithing is my passion, so I have an idea of imaging something, see that image, put that image down on paper, turning that something that I could put in your hand and you can see, this came right out of my mind.”
After graduating he became an educator to the next frontline of smiths in the art and science of blade-making at colleges and schools. However, he came to limelight after appearing as a judge in the show Forged in Fire. While James Neilson took a long break from the screen to have surgery on his hand, Jason took his seat. He continued the show until the end of third season.
After recovering a surgery, James returned in the premiere of the fourth season and continued his role as the judge. Though Jason’s appearance in the show was short-lived, he made a huge fan base through it.
As an accomplished knife maker in the country, he was honored with the coveted B.R. Hughes Award for Best Blade by a Mastersmith.
He crafts his signature knives with most exquisite materials and meticulous techniques. His craft is sought by hunters, collectors, and soldiers around the world. He does his works in the pond-side forge in Harleyville, South Carolina. Previously, he used to work at Beidler Forest Audubon Center and Sanctuary. But now, he is ABS Master Bladesmith in Knight Knives.
Though he was new to the show Forged in Fire, he has experience of 15 years in the field of bladesmithing. He is also a part of education field where he teaches next frontline smiths. As of now, he has not publicly revealed his net worth but seeing him work for such a long time, it can be estimated in millions.
Apart from the TV Show and educator, Jason is a husband and a father. He is married to Shelly Knight. Although, his relationship status on Facebook has been updated to married, he has not disclosed anything more than that.
Together, Jason and Shelly also share a daughter named Tigerlily Knight. Jason currently resides in Harleyville, South Carolina. However, his family lives in Charleston.
Knight is reasonably active on social media platforms. He regularly shares pictures of his Knives and works. As of April 2018, he has 41K followers on Instagram and has made a huge fan base on Facebook and Twitter.
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