• 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.

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.

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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

Alias Grace2017TV Series 6 episodes pre-production
American Gods2017TV Series 10 episodes filming
Backstabbing for Beginners2017post-production
State Like Sleep2017post-production
The Mist2017TV Series 10 episodes filming
Ape Sodom2016Short
Eyewitness2016TV Series 10 episodes
Beauty and the Beast2015-2016TV Series 23 episodes
Your Mother and I2016Short casting by
The Headhunter's Calling2016
Below Her Mouth2016casting
Killjoys2015-2016TV Series 21 episodes
Flower Shop Mystery: Dearly Depotted2016TV Movie
Houdini and Doyle2016TV Mini-Series 10 episodes
Pay the Ghost2015
Born to Be Blue2015
Mature Young Adults2015Short
A Christmas Horror Story2015
Remedy2014-2015TV Series 20 episodes
No Stranger Than Love2015
The VVitch: A New-England Folktale2015location casting
Midnight Masquerade2014TV Movie
The Journey Home2014/II
Bang Bang Baby2014
Wet Bum2014
The Divide2014TV Series 8 episodes
The Captive2014
Stage Fright2014/I
Holidaze2013TV Movie
Skating to New York2013
Pete's Christmas2013TV Movie
Star Spangled Banners2013TV Movie
Be My Valentine2013TV Movie
How To Keep Your Day Job2012Short
The Riverbank2012
Still Mine2012
The Lesser Blessed2012
Stories We Tell2012Documentary
An Insignificant Man2012Short
Out of the Shadows2012/IDocumentary
388 Arletta Avenue2011
Take This Waltz2011
Clear Blue2010Short
The Con Artist2010
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas2010TV Movie
Oliver Sherman2010
The Closer You Get to Canada2010Short
Score: A Hockey Musical2010
The Wild Girl2010TV Movie
Ice Castles2010
The Making of Plus One2010
The Deaths of Chet Baker2009Short
Nova2009TV Series documentary 1 episode
A Wake2009
Hungry Hills2009
Cairo Time2009
A Hindu's Indictment of Heaven2009Short
Year of the Carnivore2009
Survival of the Dead2009
Victoria Day2009
Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning2008TV Movie
Accidental Friendship2008TV Movie
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving2008TV Movie
The Dreaming2008/IShort
Othello the Tragedy of the Moor2008TV Movie
The Summit2008TV Mini-Series
Miranda & Gordon2008Short
The Trojan Horse2008TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
Matters of Life & Dating2007TV Movie
Just Buried2007
All Hat2007
Do Not Bend2007Short

Casting Department

The Rocker2008casting: Canada
The Memory Keeper's Daughter2008TV Movie casting: Canada / location casting
Jumper2008casting associate: Canada
Closing the Ring2007casting associate: Ontario
Silk2007casting associate
Diary of the Dead2007casting associate
Fugitive Pieces2007casting associate
Luna: Spirit of the Whale2007TV Movie casting: USA
Poor Boy's Game2007casting associate - uncredited
In God's Country2007TV Movie casting associate
Candles on Bay Street2006TV Movie casting associate
The House Next Door2006TV Movie casting associate
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie2006casting associate
Away from Her2006casting associate
Slings and Arrows2006TV Series casting associate - 6 episodes
Snow Cake2006casting assistant
Code Breakers2005TV Movie casting assistant
American Gods2017TV Series casting - 3 episodes filming
Wish Upon2017local casting director post-production
The Healer2016/IVoriginal casting completed
Eyewitness2016TV Series casting - 1 episode
American Gothic2016TV Series casting - 13 episodes
The Girlfriend Experience2016TV Series location casting - 11 episodes
Houdini and Doyle2016TV Mini-Series casting director - 1 episode
Beauty and the Beast2015TV Series casting - 3 episodes
Young Drunk Punk2015TV Series casting - 7 episodes
Kick-Ass 22013casting: Canada
King & Maxwell2013TV Series location casting - 1 episode
The Colony2013/Icasting: Canada
An Amish Murder2013TV Movie casting: Canada
Flight of the Butterflies2012Documentary casting
Broken Heart Syndrome2012Short casting
Bag of Bones2011TV Mini-Series casting - 2 episodes
Salem Falls2011TV Movie casting: Canada
Certain Prey2011TV Movie casting: Toronto
I'm Yours2011casting
The Moth Diaries2011casting: Canada
In Darkness2011casting
Jumping the Broom2011casting: Canada
Change of Plans2011TV Movie casting: Canada
Circumstance2011casting assistant
Thorne: Scaredycat2010casting: Canada
Thorne: Sleepyhead2010casting: Canada
Double Wedding2010TV Movie casting: Toronto
Love Letters2010TV Movie casting consultant
Nova2009TV Series documentary casting - 1 episode
Chloe2009casting: Canada
Suck2009casting: Sam & Hugo
Unstable2009TV Movie casting: Toronto
One Week2008/Icasting associate
True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet2008TV Movie location casting
The Tenth Circle2008TV Movie casting: Canadian
Inconceivable2008casting: Canada


Away from Her2006Young Grant
Monkey Warfare2006Husband
Solar Attack2006TV MovieDelta Pilot
G-Spot2005TV SeriesProducer's Assistant
Show Me Yours2004TV SeriesSteven
Air Emergency2004TV Series documentaryATAP Controller
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye2003TV SeriesNick
1-800-Missing2003TV SeriesRon Hartman
Mutant X2003TV SeriesMenotti
Queer as Folk2002TV SeriesLuke
The 5th Quadrant2002TV SeriesJason Foster
Inside the Osmonds2001TV MovieWayne
A Colder Kind of Death2001TV MoviePeter Kilbourn
The Wandering Soul Murders2001TV MoviePeter Kilbourn
Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story2000TV MoviePaul
The Audrey Hepburn Story2000TV MovieEnglish Soldier
The Skulls2000Police Techie
Twice in a Lifetime2000TV SeriesYoung Barry Lewis
The Lady in Question1999TV Movie
Total Recall 20701999TV SeriesSimon
Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story1996TV MovieRower
The Hardy Boys1995TV SeriesFreddy


Len and Hugo2006Short producer
The Best Girl2000Short associate producer


Won Awards

2010GeminiGemini AwardsBest Achievement in CastingThe Summit (2008)

Nominated Awards

2016ArtiosCasting Society of America, USAOutstanding Achievement in Casting - Big Budget Feature - DramaSpotlight (2015)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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