Jason Hawk is an American blacksmith and TV personality born in 1963 in Ozark Mountains, Arkansas USA. He’s known for appearing in reality series “Mountain Men”.
There’s not much information about Jason’s parents or possible siblings. However, it’s known he’s a Native American descent and moved with his family to Colorado in his childhood.
Always interested on natural environments, Jason learned to survive in remote places at an early age. His strong sense of independency also led him to obtain a hunting license at 15 years old.
Information about Jason’s education is undisclosed, though it’s known in 1978 he moved to Montana after his high school matriculation, where he enrolled in Montana State University to study wielding and metal fabrication.
Adventure in the Wilderness
Jason Hawk moved back to Montana sometime after his graduation to work in a restaurant. However, he soon discovered he wasn’t fit for life in a city and moved to the Sonora Desert in Arizona, where he built a small cabin.
In search of a more peaceful life, in 2016 Jason along his family moved back to his hometown Arkansas, setting their homestead in Ozark Mountains.
His life philosophy of living in harmony with natural environments served his purposes, allowing him to provide for his family through hunting, farming and craftsmanship.
In 1999 Jason Hawk definitively established himself as a blade maker when he founded Jason Hawk Knives, shop on which he promotes and sells his creations as a blacksmith.
His online store is visited by local and international customers interested on his crafted homemade creations, which combine modern techniques with traditional designs: ‘Making goods that have a aged look, that will stand up to daily life, takes a lot of elbow grease, back woods alchemy, and a dash of mountain ingenuity’.
Although Jason pays special attention to design, making sure his knives can attain their functionality purpose is his main focus while in the production process.
In his compromise to respect his natural environment and to create a sustainable business, he refuses to use oil derivate products as fuel and instead utilizes naturally harvested wood charcoal for that purpose. Marketing through his personal Instagram account has allowed him to reach international customers easily, which is also a big part of his success as a blacksmith.
No Man’s Land
Jason Hawk’s particular lifestyle attracted the attention of History Channel’s producers in 2014, who thought his way of living would be eye-catching to audiences.
The network’s initial idea was to insert Jason in the second season of reality series “Mountain Men”. However, they changed their mind and decided to create instead a new show entitled “No Man’s Land”.
Jason and his family -who at the time lived in a small farm in Arizona-, were showcased in the series along with survival experts such as Charlie Acuna, Howdy Fowler and Rick Gibson.
Unfortunately “No Man’s Land” only lasted one season due to low rating audiences, as History Channel’s Vice-President of Development and Programming Russ McCarroll stated: ‘Unfortunately, that show didn’t resonate with the audience”.
After the end of “No Man’s Land” Jason was contacted again by History Channel to appear in the fourth season of the acclaimed series “Mountain Men”, reality series centered on various survivalists who live in remote places without modern commodities such as electricity and running water.
On his first appearance in the show, Jason and his family can be seen collecting their belongings to move to a homestead in Ozark Mountains: ‘Right now we’re long out for a big change. It’s time for us to get out of the desert. We need to get out of the desert and get back in Arkansas. So I just gotta move my family back to where I’m from.’
Fast forward into the series, viewers can see Hawks successfully settled in a wooden house in the forest. Despite the lack of modern appliances, Jason and his family were able to successfully establish themselves to their new life and became recurrent cast members of the show, as Jason declared: ‘that’s makes it easy’.
Marriage and Children
Jason is married to Mary, although it’s certainly known the couple have been together since 2008 the exact time the couple tied the knot is undisclosed. However, it’s known they have welcomed two daughters together. The older one born in 2011 is named River, and the youngest Madeline Rose was born in 2018.
Jason has an older son named Kamui, though there’s little information about the identity of his mother and whether or not he lives with his father permanently. It’s known however, that Kamui “Kai” was born in 2007.
“Kai” appears along his father in “Mountain Men”, and has shown his interest on following his father’s steps to become a blacksmith: ‘I haven’t had much experience with smithing so far, but I am excited to learn and carry on the tradition’.
For Jason, spending time with his son is more about forging stronger ties between them: ‘We’re not trying to recreate a tradition; we’re trying to start one.’
As a result of his work as a blacksmith and his appearances in TV shows, Jason Hawk has an estimated net worth of $400,000.
Jason Hawk is a man of white ethnicity who has blond-brownish hair and brown eyes. He is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall, and although his current weight is unknown he’s noticeably slender and strong.
What happened to Jason Hawk (Mountain Men) face?
Jason Hawk has appeared on the show sporting a black line on his face, right under his eyes. Fans of the show speculated he was tattooed following a Native American tradition, though other people have commented Jason’s mark resembled sunglasses, which were tattooed on his face while he was drunk.
Jason didn’t mention the real meaning of his marks, though in recent episodes of the series the marks have disappeared off his face.
Although information about Jason’s family is mostly undisclosed, it’s known his father died in 2016.
Jason learned martial arts Filipino style under the guidance of Christopher Petrilli.
Jason is a certified Master Smith, a rating he obtained thanks to his master and blacksmithing legend Tai Goo.
By the time his second daughter was born, Jason and his family were already part of the cast of “Mountain Men”. However, the birth of Madeline Rose was not shown on cameras.