South Carolina’s sole Master Bladesmith, Jason Knight, has been making knives for 15 years. Considered by his peers as one of the most accomplished knife makers in the country, he has amassed numerous awards for his work, including the coveted B.R. Hughes Award for Best Blade by a Mastersmith. Jason employs only the finest materials and meticulous techniques to craft his signature knives, which are highly sought after by hunters, collectors and soldiers around the world. When he’s not working out of his pond-side forge in Harleyville, South Carolina, he’s educating the next frontline of smiths in the art and science of blade-making at colleges and smithing schools nationwide. His unmatched zeal for the nuances of forging make him an exciting new addition to the judging panel.