The Sporting SouthJune 24, 2013
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Three years after winning one of our 2010 Made in the South Awards in the sporting category, bladesmith Jerry Fisk is busier than ever—and that's saying a lot, considering that the pride of Nashville, Arkansas, had built a devoted following, given the queen of England's official armorer a couple of pointers, and been designated a National Living Treasure by the time he ever appeared on our pages. But the thing about Fisk is, he's been doing impossible things at an impossible pace for such an impossibly long time that he just doesn't realize they can't be done. Which is why, in any given year, he's able to churn out 18-27 individual orders, plus one for charity ("You gotta give back."); promote innovation in bladesmithing around the country through internationally competitive juried competitions; host an annual collectors-only shindig on his property each October, complete with high-energy events like alligator-catching demonstrations (except for the time one got loose); and spearhead the resurrection of Brazil's national knife by teaching native artisans how to smith during annual trips to Sao Paulo.