|J. Neilson, ABS Mastersmith
Mountain Hollow Knives
I’m J. Neilson. I’ve been a full-time knife-maker for over 10 years and
I became an American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith in 2008. I have
always had a great fondness for the outdoors and knives, which I was
able to fully develop out in the “sticks” of north-eastern PA. I enjoy
the freedom knife making gives me to try new things and since I get
bored doing the same old stuff, this is the perfect outlet because
there are so many styles of knives and varieties of materials to work
with. So, when Keith and Dana contacted me about doing meteorite
knives, I was immediately intrigued. We’ve all seen the “standard”
meteorite knives but, we discussed trying something different. As
opposed to doing the standard “laminate” set up, where, in the end you
can hardly tell the difference in steels, we took a different approach.
We are taking Meteorite shavings and “bits & pieces” and I am
welding my billets up in a canister style. This involves taking square
tubing, welding a cap in the inside of one end and filling the can with
a mixture of Meteorite material and high carbon powdered steel; then
adding a cap to the top in the same fashion as the bottom. The can is
placed in my forge and brought up to welding temperatures
with a pin hole in the “can” to burn out any oxygen and impurities. The
canister is soaked in the heat until it is the correct temperature all
the way through and then forged into one solid piece of steel. From
there I remove the outercan/skin and the steel can be
forged/manipulated however I desire.
Each batch of different “Meteorite Blades” are
fully tested just as any of my standard blade steels. The mixing of the
Meteorite material with the high carbon steel makes for a very
beautiful, and just as important, a very functional blade. We will be
constantly coming up with new ideas and designs in both the materials
and styles, so I invite you to check back regularly or ask to be added
to our mailing lists to see new projects as they are completed.
|J. has won various knife making awards and has been featured in magazines such as Blade Magazine, Knives Illustrated, Tactical Knives & Knife World as well as several books, including "Art of the Knife" by Joe Ketzman, "Tomahawks - Traditional to Tactical" by David Grant, "500 Knives" by Lark Books; and he is always featured in the "Knives Annual" books. He
has taught knife-making and damascus-making classes for several
years at seminars (“hammer-ins”) in the United States and Canada.
Click here for a link to J's YouTube video showing how he creates these Stellar knives!