James Crowell began making knives in Mt. View, AR in 1980 and is a past Ozark Folk Center, State Park, Resident Blacksmith and Knife maker. He earned the distinction of Master Bladesmith from the American Bladesmith Society in 1986 and was certified as the first, non founding father, Instructor for the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) that same year. Jim was inducted into the American Bladesmith Society Hall of Fame in 2016.
Jim is a long time faculty member of The Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing at Texarkana College and teaches all over the country at seminars and “Hammer-Ins”. His flawless work regarded by many as among the best hand forged knives produced has appeared in every trade publication and is in collections throughout the world. He has won many awards including the first American Bladesmith Society Bill Moran Knife of the Year, the Blade Magazine Best Forged Knife and was the winner of numerous American Bladesmith Society Cutting Competitions. Jim won the first World Championship ABS cutting competition in 2003 at the Blade Super Show in Atlanta Georgia.
Jim has demonstrated at many symposiums and Hammer-Ins including the Scagle in Michigan, Batson Bladesmith Symposium in Alabama, Haywood College in NC, the New England School of Metalwork and the Spring and Fall Hammer-Ins at the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing in Old Washington Arkansas. Jim was the featured demonstrator for the North Texas Blacksmiths Association April 2010.
Jim has made two TV commercials featuring his smithing skill and was a featured guest on “Arkansas Today” TV shows hosted by Beth Ward. Jim and Jenny have also appeared on Talkin' Outdoors with Steve "Wildman" Wilson.
Jim has lived in Mountain View Ark. Since 1978 and made his first knife in 1980. In the following years he has made knives for people all over the world. Always striving for better craftsmanship and performance, Jim is kept busy creating knives for people who insist on meticulous craftsmanship and outstanding performance.
Jim's work has appeared in numerous publications world wide. Feature articles have been published everywhere from the local news paper to the New York Times.
1988 First annual "Bill Moran Award" ABS Knife of the year
1990 Blade Magazine award: "Best Handforged Knife"
1997 ABS Texarkana College: "Spring cutting competition" Winner
1998 ABS Texarkana College: "Spring cutting competition" Winner
2003 First ABS World Champion cutting competition winner- Blade Super Show - Atlanta
2004 ABS World Champion cutting competition second place – Blade Super Show - Atlanta
2005 Central Texas Knife Show – Austin Texas “ Best handmade fixed blade”
2005 Spirit of Steel Show – Grapevine Texas “Best fixed blade”
2005 Spirit of Steel Show – Grapevine Texas “Best of Show”
2006 Lone Star Cutting School and Clinic - cutting contest winner
2006 Jim had one of his designs in the 2006 Browning catalog: Mastersmith series
2007 Blade World Champion cutting competition third place – Blade Super Show – Atlanta
2007 Spirit of Steel Show - Grapevine Texas “Best folder”
2007 Spirit of Steel Show – Grapevine Texas “ Best Bowie”
2007 Spirit of Steel Show – Grapevine Texas – cutting contest winner.
2007 Two designs in the 2007 Browning catalog.
2008 Ozark Folk Center/ BladeSports Cutting Competition winner
2008 Blade World Champion cutting competition third place – Blade Super Show – Atlanta
2008 Spirit of Steel Show – Grapevine, Texas “ Best Fixed Blade”Type your paragraph here.
2016 American Blade Smith Society Hall of Fame Inductee
2017 Recipient of Big Hammer Award - Presented by Joe Keslar