Wife death! What happened to J. Neilson? Accident, surgery, net worth.

There is something so satisfying about forging a blade from scratch that the entire process can be an ASMR video. From the melting of the iron to the welding and molding, forging a blade can be considered one of the coolest jobs on the planet. Capitalizing on this very idea, the reality series Forged in Fire, puts the finest blade masters against each other. During its run time, the series has given birth to some of the finest blade masters. But to judge these finest blade masters, you would need someone with expertise greater than the finest and J Neilson is just the guy you are looking for. A master smith, J Neilson is one of the best when it comes to forging. 

Early Life:

James Neilson was born in Pennsylvania, USA. Details regarding his early life including his date of birth have not yet been revealed to the media. Growing up, James had a passion for crafting and wanted to make knives. The passion turned into something serious and James began his training in 1995. He worked out of a small workshop in the woods of Towanda, Pennsylvania polishing his skills day and night. After an unusual training period of nine years, James finally decided that it was the right time to show his skills to the world.

Mastersmith James Neilson
Mastersmith James Neilson

Professional Life:

James professionally began selling his knives sometime during the early 2000s. He was renowned for using traditional methods of knife forging. An expert in the sole-authorship technique of forging, James handled everything on his own. James worked on every step of weapon creation and design and made sure each product was unique from the other. His hard work and dedication earned him the position of Mastersmith in the American Bladesmith Society. He was recognized in 2008 in an official ceremony by society. The title of Mastersmith is held by less than 115 people worldwide. 

Life in Reality TV:

Even though James was renowned amongst blade enthusiasts, his first ticket to worldwide fame came in the form of the reality series, Forged in Fire. James was asked to take up the mantle of Judge in the reality series. With over 20 years of experience in forging knives and blades, James is one of the best in the trade. His expertise is visible in his critiques and is valued highly by aspiring blade masters. 

judge of Forged in Fire, James Neilson
Judge of Forged in Fire, James Neilson

Neilson made his television debut in “Forged in Fire” and it proved to first step of many to come. Neilson appeared on the judges’ panel of Forged in Fire: Beat the Judges in 2020. He also joined the spinoff Forged in Fire: Best Of appearing in 11 episodes from 2021-2022.

Personal Life:

J. Nealson was married to Rebecca “Beckie” Allen-Neilson. The pair exchanged wedding vows on February 3, 2013. How the two met is an interesting story, Nealson approached her through a dating website back in 2009 and in no time the pair hit it off. By profession a certified nurse anesthetist, Beckie was previously married and had a son from the relationship.

Neilson and Beckie were married for 9 years before her passing. Beckie passed away on April 30, 2022, after she did not wake up from a nap. She was cremated and her remains were spread in the ocean.

Like Beckie, J. Neilson was a divorcee. Although Neilson has not shared about his ex, he indeed gave birth to a daughter with her. Neilson has a 14-year-old daughter. He is also a father to a son named Danny who is the eldest of his two children.

Both his children are interested in the process of forging and Neilson has taken the opportunity to share their work on social media.


Even though James Neilson is a regular on Forged in  Fire, he had to take a break from the show.  This was due to an injury Neilson sustained. Nelson slipped and fractured a small bone in his hand. Thinking of it as a small accident, Neilson left the checkup for much later. The reignited injury kept causing problems for Neilson and he had to take a break from the series. As of 21/22, Neilson has been a regular judge on the show.

Net Worth:

Neilson makes his money as a swordsmith by selling crafts like knives and swords. He also earns a significant amount from his work in the reality television show. Neilson has a net worth of over $1 Million.

How tall is J. Neilson? Other body traits?

J. Neilson stands with a stature of more than average American height which is 5 feet 7 inches for men. His weight is not available. Neilson has green eyes and white/grey color hair.

Wiki/Bio Facts:

Full Name James Neilson
Other Name J.Neilson
Age N/A
Birthplace Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Parents N/A
Gender Male
Sexuality Straight
Gay(Yes/No) No
Siblings N/A
Highschool N/A
Education N/A
Profession Reality Television Personality, Swordsmith, TV Judge
Net Worth $1M
Marital Status Widowed
Wife Rebecca “Beckie” Allen-Neilson (m. 2013-2022)
Children 2
Height ? feet ? inches
Social Media Handle TwitterInstagramFacebook

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