J. Neilson and Shelley Jack join Bob "The Knife Junkie" DeMarco on Episode 463 of The Knife Junkie Podcast (https://theknifejunkie.com/463).
J. Neilson is an ABS Master Bladesmith working out of his Mountain Hollow Forge in the wilds of Pennsylvania. He came to prominence with the History Channel show Forged in Fire, the wildly popular knifemaking competition show. He was tapped to be a judge on the show for the unreleased pilot due to videos he was posting showing him brutally testing the knives he forged. Ten seasons later, he is still testing competition blades on the show, but he has recently gotten a chance to dig back deep into his craft and see it through the eyes of a sort of apprentice...
Shelley Jack, a nurse and ceramicist from Texas, met J. on a plane and had never even considered the existence of custom-made knives. As their relationship grew, her planned ceramics studio evolved into a knife shop. Since then, she has been learning from one of today's knife-making greats, and if the knives she's already forged are an indication, she will hit levels of mastery far before her time.
Find J. online at https://www.mountainhollow.net and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/j.neilsonknives. Find Shelley and Gypsy Soul Knives on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/justshelley_thegypsysoul and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100087125405982.
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