Forged in Fire's J. Neilson Bio: Age, Wife & Family Status Of Knife Expert

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Forged in Fire's J. Neilson Bio: Age, Wife & Family Status Of Knife Expert

The American native, James Neilson achieved the first recognition after he was honored with the title of Master Smith in the American Bladesmith Society. After this, his career reached the height of celebrity after he appeared as one of the judges on the show called Forged in Fire.

In addition to his recognition, Neilson also operates a shop Outlet in the hardwoods in Pennsylvania and is currently working from a custom knife shop, Neilson’s Mountain Hollow.

Not only James, but his children have also shown their interest in their earlier age.

Blade Smith Family; Fifth Year Wedding Anniversary

Almost with the age of early fifties, James Neilson mostly spends his time to create and also examine new cutter, and probably he rarely gets time to focus on his family.

But he is a family man and usually flaunts his family life on the Instagram account where he gushed his wife as the strong connection and his children as the working partner.

He shares two children with his wife; a daughter and a son. He shared a snap of the gift from his wife on Instagram back on 8 August 2017, which he claims to be the favorite thing on the shop. On the well-framed gift, there was written: 

"An apple a day will keep anyone away if you throw it hard enough."

Also, he gifted a split RR spike soul to his wife and his daughter back in 12th May 2015. With his highly accomplished career, his children are also walking on his footstep in their earlier age.

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Since there are very few bladesmiths in the world, it seems Neilson is going to breed his children into his work. His daughter who just aged ten had already designed her knife, a wild little utility cleaver at the age of 9 for her summer project.

His son, Danny who aged 15 is also expert in making the knife. Back in 2015, Danny made his first forged blade named Tantoish blade with the Zombie apocalypse serrations. The happy dad announced the proud moment to the Instagram followers in September 2015.

Similarly, he took to Instagram on November 2017 sharing the glimpse of the first knife he and his son Danny made together known as Bastrop Fire Knife Raffle.

The world's best bladesmith not only features about his children on Instagram, but he also wished his wife on their fifth anniversary and claimed in the comment section that they would be celebrating their 50th anniversary too.

J Neilson and wife on their 5th wedding anniversary (Photo: J. Neilson's Instagram)

J Neilson seems to have a happy life with his wife and children as he showed his gratitude towards his family for their support, love, and care.

Career 'Forged in Fire'; Net Worth

J. Neilson has been forging the knives for than two decades and is one of the best in the trade. He was passionate about crafting the blades since the young age, and his passion encouraged him to pursue his career as a bladesmith.

In the years 1995, he started working in his workshop in the woods of Towanda, Pennsylvania. However, his professional career started only in the year 2004, which initially earned him the recognition for his traditional techniques of knife making with both forging and stock removal method with on-site heat treating.

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Neilson’s career leaped towards the spotlight after he was honored with the rank of Mastersmith in the American Bladesmith Society in 2008. He is among the 115 people worldwide who accomplished the rank.

Moreover, he got the break into his career after he appeared as the judge on the History's competition show, Forged in Fire, in 2015 along with David Baker and Doug Marcaida, hosted by Wil Willis.

He was the regular judge in the show until in season three he took a leave from the show due to an injury on his hand. He was known as the strict judge in the show widely compared to the Simon Cowells

Neilson was the regular judge in the show until in season three he took a leave from the show due to an injury on his hand. He returned on the show for the premiere of the fourth season. But he took a break towards the end of that season and hadn’t been seen on the show since.

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Despite his recognition as a blacksmith, he has not disclosed the net worth yet. Though the History channel has not disclosed the salary of the judges, the average salary of the TV judges seems to be average about $2 million per season. 

In addition to his TV career,  he also earns a good amount of cash from his custom knife shop, Neilson’s Mountain Hollow. However, he has not disclosed the exact amount of net worth.