Welcome to the Journey!

  • 1986

    It all begins with a Swiss Army knife

    Jason’s fascination with knives started when he was very young. His first knife was a Swiss Army Knife that he received when he was 5 years old. This knife was no ordinary knife, however; it was the exact model by ’80s sitcom star, MacGyver.

    Jason spent much of his youth trying out different kinds of knives in the great outdoors of Minnesota and becoming fascinated by the glowing flames of a campfire. Little did he know, his childhood curiosity would forge into his dream job.

  • 2001

    Learning tricks of the blade

    Having struggled with Dyslexia, Jason decided to pursue more hands-on career opportunities, letting his passions lead the way. A passion for cooking led him into a  professional kitchen, serving as a sous chef apprentice under the tutilege of a renowned chef in Minnesota.

    Ultimately, he realized this wasn’t a long-term pursuit of his, though he gained a whole new way of thinking about knives and the important role they play in cooking. Not to mention invaluable knife and cooking skills!

  • 2005

    A search for his true passion in life

    Jason transitioned out of the kitchen and into the world of painting houses, which eventually led him to start his own painting company. This line of work requires precision, patience, and in some cases, a lot of creativity, very much like making blades.

    After spending years of traveling to job sites, weather cancelations, exposure to toxic chemicals, unreliable employees, and the physical labor it required, Jason began to search for an alternative. 

  • 2010

    The ‘aha moment’

    At 29 years old, he was asked by a friend, “What would you want to do if you had a choice”?

    It was then he realized what he wished he had long ago.

    “I would really like to make swords,” Jason replied.

  • 2011

    Attends Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing

    In the spring of 2011, Jason took the first steps to becoming a bladesmith and enrolled in a two-week introductory class at the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing from the Texarkana College in Arkansas, a  school recommended to Jason’s friend by Master Bladesmith Bob Kramer.

    As his skills improved, Jason wanted to take the next step and joined the American Bladesmith Society (ABS).

    As he grew more confident in his bladesmithing, he realized his knowledge of creating handles and handguards were not yet sufficient. It was then that he decided to go back to Texarkana College in the fall for his second class, “Handles and Guards.”

  • 2012

    Northstar Forge opens in downtown Carver

    These intensive opportunities brought together his wonderment of all things blade and the draw of fire to a career path that leads us to Jason’s work today creating custom-made bowie knives, hunting knives, chef knives, daggers, dirks, swords and more.

    He crafts exceptional blades capable of a sharp, shaving edge with an impeccable, yet functional design that matches those whom they are made.

    In addition, Jason teaches classes where he can share his knowledge with students and expand the blade culture. 

  • January 2017

    Forged in Fire – History Channel

    Jason performed on Season 3, Episode 15 of  Forged in Fire, competing with other contestants, who are challenged to design and create their own blade. The episode originally aired Feb. 7, but can be seen on streaming apps.

  • December 2018

    Master of Arms – Discovery Channel

    Jason performed as a contestant on Discovery’s Master of Arms, Season 1 Season Finale, Dec. 21, 2018.

  • June 2022

    Achieves ABS Journeyman Smith

    Jason recieves Journeyman Smith Certification through the American Bladesmith Society during the Blade annual convention in Atlanta, GA.

    This is achieved after creating a forged knife that successfully passes a performance test supervised by a Master Smith, along with 5 other knives which are then assessed for required standards by an official ABS judging panel.

  • May 2023

    Shop expansion begins

    After 11 years of utilizing every inch of the shop, NorthStar Forge outgrows the original footprint and Jason is given the chance to expand into the adjacent space. More room to forge and grind also means more opportunities for students and members, including expanded offerings like Pack Axe and Damascus ring classes.

  • January 2024

    Appeared on Twin Cities Live

    Jason appeared on Twin Cities Live – KSTP Channel 5 – with host Ben Leber, who also happens to be a former MN Viking! Jason showed Ben and Camerman Seth around the shop, teaching them how to make a railroad spike knife. Ben even took on a sharpening test with Jason’s Boundary Water Bowie. Check out the episode here.