Jason Knight Bladesmith Wiki Biography, age, height, net worth, wife, kids

• Jason Knight is an American master Bladesmith and a judge on the TV series “Forged in Fire”
• His interest in knives and blades began at a young age and he was inspired by books and movies
• He attended events and met other knifemakers to learn more and improve
• He was awarded several prestigious awards and his net worth is estimated to be over $3 million
• He is active on social media and has nearly 80,000 followers on Instagram and 16,000 fans on Facebook

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Who is Jason Knight?

Jason was born in Charleston, South Carolina USA in 1966 – his exact date of birth is not known but he holds American nationality and follows the Christian religion. He is a famous master Bladesmith who appeared in the “Forged in Fire” TV series as one of the judges during its third season.

Early life and education

Jason grew up wanting to make knives which was a somewhat strange dream for a kid. His father used to read stories to him written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and his mother made costumes for him which he would wear on his small adventures with his cousins in his backyard. He used to have toy knives and machetes but these were not enough of a satisfaction for him since he knew these should perform a lot better than they did. All of these things contributed to Jason’s passion towards making blades – all the wild stories which his father read him and the ones he imagined himself were a big motivation for him. He was very good at drawing from when he was small and used that talent to draw 3D pictures of knives and swords, and even though he was young, he understood that these blades were pieces of art each with their own function.

One can say that his dream slowly began to come true after his parents bought him his first grinder.

Meeting other knifemakers

As soon as he was old enough and had basic knowledge about making knives, Jason began going to the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition which is held in February every year, and where he met a lot of people who were into knifemaking, most of them having their own style, tricks, and secrets. There were people who made knives as a hobby, while others such as George Herron and Daniel Winkler did it as a full-time job – Jason would take his newest creations to Herron and Winkler, who would then tell him where he went wrong, or how he could improve.

Another event which Jason attended was the Native American Pow-wows which differed from the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition – people here appreciated his work even more, because it was influenced by history. During that time Jason established a close connection with Daniel Winkler and Karen Shook, who are today some of his best friends and Bladesmith colleagues.

Books and movies were a big inspiration to Jason, and he went to work in a theatre because he was in need of a job, but also enjoyed it – however, after seeing “The Last of the Mohicans” movie in 1992 in which the knives and other weapons were made by Daniel Winkler who was already his friend at that point, he decided to pursue his dreams of becoming a knife-maker, and left the theater.

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Jason’s first blades and the beginning of his career

So in 2001 he enrolled at the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing located in Old Washington, Arkansas, where he was taught by a Master Bladesmith Jay Hendrickson. It seemed as Jason had Bladesmithing in his blood as he was one of the best students, and managed to become the Best New Maker at the Blade Show West in the same year. He quickly went ahead of everyone else and developed his own style, stating that the most valuable advice he had ever received came from George Herron and Daniel Winkler – they told him to stay true to his own style, which is how people would recognize him in the future. It took him six years to receive his ABS Mastersmith rating in 2007, while winning the B.R. Hughes Award for making the best knife as a Mastersmith candidate. Jason kept on winning numerous awards, including South Carolina’s Knife of the Year in 2002, Best Non-Damascus Hand-Forged at Blade Show and International Cutlery Fair in 2004, Best Fighter at Arkansas Knife Makers Association Show in 2006 and many others; Jason became well known in the field of knifemaking for numerous things, including his innovative style, precision, and amazing skills. His last award was in 2017 for the Knife Collaboration of the Year.

Jason achieved most of his wider fame when he appeared as a judge in the “Forged in Fire” TV series, which is a contest for Bladesmiths – he wasn’t initially cast as a judge but after one of the judges was unable to attend the show due to surgery, they called Jason to fill-in. Even though Jason only appeared during the show’s third season, it was enough for him to gain recognition.

Posted by Jason Knight on Friday, July 25, 2014

The American Bladesmith Society (ABS)

ABS is US non-profit organization with a membership of knifemakers, who promote techniques of forging steel blades. The organization was at first just an idea which came from William F. Moran, who was the Chairman of the Knifemakers’ Guild, and is best known for introducing Damascus steel blades – the idea about forming ABS came to him in 1972, and it took four years before he managed to launch the organization, while it received its non-profit status in 1985.

One of the rules you have to respect if you want to be an ABS knifemaker is that you have to forge your blade rather than make it using the stock-removal method. The organization has its own system of rating knifemakers – the lowest rating is an Apprentice, then a Journeyman, and lastly Mastersmith. ABS has grown considerably in the 43 years since it was founded, and now has several partners, offering courses about Bladesmithing, and having its own museum.

Jason’s personal life

Jason is not the kind of person to share his personal things with the public but he is also quite a simple man – he is married to the love of his love Shelly who has been by his side and supported him throughout his career – they are currently living together with their children in Harleyville, South Carolina where he also has his own pond-side forge.

Appearance and net worth

Although Jason doesn’t share his exact date of birth with the public, he is said to be 53 years old as of 2019. He has short black hair, brown eyes, long black and grey beard, but his height and weight are not known.

According to authoritative sources, Jason’s current net worth is estimated to be over $3 million, and is likely to rise as the Master Bladesmith is still very active and his knives are very popular amongst hunters and soldiers

Social media presence

Jason is very active on several social media platforms, which is important for the marketing of his blades – he has an Instagram account which is followed by nearly 80,000 people while he’s posted almost 500 pictures. He has a Facebook page as well which has about 16,000 fans.


Casting Director

Title Year Status Character
Anon 2017 post-production
Flatliners 2017 post-production
Alias Grace 2017 TV Series 6 episodes pre-production
American Gods 2017 TV Series 10 episodes filming
Backstabbing for Beginners 2017 post-production
Kodachrome 2017 post-production
State Like Sleep 2017 post-production
Sundowners 2017 post-production
The Mist 2017 TV Series 10 episodes filming
Ape Sodom 2016 Short
Eyewitness 2016 TV Series 10 episodes
Beauty and the Beast 2015-2016 TV Series 23 episodes
Your Mother and I 2016 Short casting by
The Headhunter’s Calling 2016
Below Her Mouth 2016 casting
Killjoys 2015-2016 TV Series 21 episodes
Maudie 2016
Flower Shop Mystery: Dearly Depotted 2016 TV Movie
Houdini and Doyle 2016 TV Mini-Series 10 episodes
Regression 2015/I
Pay the Ghost 2015
River 2015/I
Born to Be Blue 2015
Mature Young Adults 2015 Short
Remember 2015/I
Spotlight 2015/I
A Christmas Horror Story 2015
Pixels 2015
Remedy 2014-2015 TV Series 20 episodes
No Stranger Than Love 2015
Life 2015/I
The VVitch: A New-England Folktale 2015 location casting
Midnight Masquerade 2014 TV Movie
The Journey Home 2014/II
Bang Bang Baby 2014
Wet Bum 2014
Wolves 2014
The Divide 2014 TV Series 8 episodes
The Captive 2014
Stage Fright 2014/I
Holidaze 2013 TV Movie
Skating to New York 2013
Pete’s Christmas 2013 TV Movie
Bank$tas 2013
Gerontophilia 2013
Algonquin 2013
Stag 2013
Star Spangled Banners 2013 TV Movie
Haunter 2013
Be My Valentine 2013 TV Movie
How To Keep Your Day Job 2012 Short
The Riverbank 2012
Foxfire 2012
Still Mine 2012
The Lesser Blessed 2012
Stories We Tell 2012 Documentary
An Insignificant Man 2012 Short
Out of the Shadows 2012/I Documentary
388 Arletta Avenue 2011
Take This Waltz 2011
Clear Blue 2010 Short
The Con Artist 2010
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas 2010 TV Movie
Oliver Sherman 2010
The Closer You Get to Canada 2010 Short
Score: A Hockey Musical 2010
The Wild Girl 2010 TV Movie
Ice Castles 2010
The Making of Plus One 2010
The Deaths of Chet Baker 2009 Short
Nova 2009 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Splice 2009
A Wake 2009
Hungry Hills 2009
Cairo Time 2009
A Hindu’s Indictment of Heaven 2009 Short
Year of the Carnivore 2009
Survival of the Dead 2009
Fire 2009/I Short
Victoria Day 2009
Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning 2008 TV Movie
Accidental Friendship 2008 TV Movie
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving 2008 TV Movie
The Dreaming 2008/I Short
Othello the Tragedy of the Moor 2008 TV Movie
The Summit 2008 TV Mini-Series
Adoration 2008
Miranda & Gordon 2008 Short
The Trojan Horse 2008 TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
Matters of Life & Dating 2007 TV Movie
Just Buried 2007
Intervention 2007/V
All Hat 2007
Do Not Bend 2007 Short
Screening 2006 Short

Casting Department

Title Year Status Character
The Rocker 2008 casting: Canada
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter 2008 TV Movie casting: Canada / location casting
Jumper 2008 casting associate: Canada
Closing the Ring 2007 casting associate: Ontario
Silk 2007 casting associate
Diary of the Dead 2007 casting associate
Fugitive Pieces 2007 casting associate
Luna: Spirit of the Whale 2007 TV Movie casting: USA
Poor Boy’s Game 2007 casting associate – uncredited
In God’s Country 2007 TV Movie casting associate
Candles on Bay Street 2006 TV Movie casting associate
The House Next Door 2006 TV Movie casting associate
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie 2006 casting associate
Away from Her 2006 casting associate
Slings and Arrows 2006 TV Series casting associate – 6 episodes
Snow Cake 2006 casting assistant
Code Breakers 2005 TV Movie casting assistant
American Gods 2017 TV Series casting – 3 episodes filming
Wish Upon 2017 local casting director post-production
The Healer 2016/IV original casting completed
Eyewitness 2016 TV Series casting – 1 episode
American Gothic 2016 TV Series casting – 13 episodes
The Girlfriend Experience 2016 TV Series location casting – 11 episodes
Houdini and Doyle 2016 TV Mini-Series casting director – 1 episode
Beauty and the Beast 2015 TV Series casting – 3 episodes
Young Drunk Punk 2015 TV Series casting – 7 episodes
Kick-Ass 2 2013 casting: Canada
King & Maxwell 2013 TV Series location casting – 1 episode
The Colony 2013/I casting: Canada
An Amish Murder 2013 TV Movie casting: Canada
Flight of the Butterflies 2012 Documentary casting
Broken Heart Syndrome 2012 Short casting
Bag of Bones 2011 TV Mini-Series casting – 2 episodes
Salem Falls 2011 TV Movie casting: Canada
Certain Prey 2011 TV Movie casting: Toronto
I’m Yours 2011 casting
The Moth Diaries 2011 casting: Canada
In Darkness 2011 casting
Jumping the Broom 2011 casting: Canada
Change of Plans 2011 TV Movie casting: Canada
Circumstance 2011 casting assistant
Thorne: Scaredycat 2010 casting: Canada
Thorne: Sleepyhead 2010 casting: Canada
Double Wedding 2010 TV Movie casting: Toronto
Love Letters 2010 TV Movie casting consultant
Nova 2009 TV Series documentary casting – 1 episode
Chloe 2009 casting: Canada
Suck 2009 casting: Sam & Hugo
Unstable 2009 TV Movie casting: Toronto
One Week 2008/I casting associate
True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet 2008 TV Movie location casting
The Tenth Circle 2008 TV Movie casting: Canadian
Inconceivable 2008 casting: Canada


Title Year Status Character
Away from Her 2006 Young Grant
Monkey Warfare 2006 Husband
Solar Attack 2006 TV Movie Delta Pilot
G-Spot 2005 TV Series Producer’s Assistant
Show Me Yours 2004 TV Series Steven
Air Emergency 2004 TV Series documentary ATAP Controller
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye 2003 TV Series Nick
1-800-Missing 2003 TV Series Ron Hartman
Mutant X 2003 TV Series Menotti
Queer as Folk 2002 TV Series Luke
Deceived 2002 Video Rudy
The 5th Quadrant 2002 TV Series Jason Foster
Inside the Osmonds 2001 TV Movie Wayne
A Colder Kind of Death 2001 TV Movie Peter Kilbourn
The Wandering Soul Murders 2001 TV Movie Peter Kilbourn
Daydream Believers: The Monkees’ Story 2000 TV Movie Paul
The Audrey Hepburn Story 2000 TV Movie English Soldier
The Skulls 2000 Police Techie
Twice in a Lifetime 2000 TV Series Young Barry Lewis
The Lady in Question 1999 TV Movie
Total Recall 2070 1999 TV Series Simon
Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story 1996 TV Movie Rower
The Hardy Boys 1995 TV Series Freddy


Title Year Status Character
Len and Hugo 2006 Short producer
The Best Girl 2000 Short associate producer


Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2010 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Achievement in Casting The Summit (2008)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2016 Artios Casting Society of America, USA Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Big Budget Feature – Drama Spotlight (2015)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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