J Neilson Net Worth 2020, Bio, Relationship, and Career Updates.
James Neilson was born in Pennsylvania, USA – birthdate unknown – and is a bladesmith as well as a reality television personality, best known for being one of the judges of the History channel show entitled “Forged in Fire”. He holds the title of Master Smith from the American Bladesmith Society, a title that is held by around 100 people.
There is very limited information when it comes to J Neilson’s family and childhood. It is known that he grew up with a passion for crafting blades, and the steps he took early in his life would eventually lead him to his career. In 1995, he began training and honing his skills.
He created his own workshop located in the woods of Towanda, Pennsylvania though he did not intend on making it a career just yet. It wasn’t until nine years later that he started forging and selling his wares professionally.
He gained recognition for his use of traditional methods for knife making – his forging techniques, heat treating, and stock removal method, are those taken from more traditional smithing practices which has helped in crafting high quality blades. He slowly gained recognition, and became a member of the American Bladesmith Society.
For his personal life, it is known that Neilson is married and has two children, though he has not shared a lot of details about his family. While he continues to forge, he places a lot of emphasis on spending time with his family.
Due to his passion, his children have shown an interest towards forging as well, and with very few of them in the world, he is intent on training his children. His daughter forged her first blade at the age of nine – he often shares the creations of his children.
The American Bladesmith Society (ABS) is a nonprofit organization mainly composed of knifemakers, and promotes techniques on how to forge steel blades. The organization dates its history back to 1972, when they were founded by knifemaker William F. Moran, who was at the time Chairman of the Knifemakers’ Guild.
They started doing an annual show where he introduced Damascus steel blades, comprised of material taken from India and Sri Lanka. They are mainly characterized by their pattern which resembles flowing water. The organization was incorporated in 1976 before becoming non-profit around nine years later.
Most of the knifemakers of ABS forge their own blades, and they’ve created their own system of rating which include Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master Smith.
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How rich is J Neilson? As of late-2020, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1 million, accumulated through success in his various endeavors. He earns significant income through his work on television, while is also one of the top rated consultants and blade smiths in the country.
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