Each week, four of the best blade smiths in America put both their skills and reputations on the line. The competition is fierce. In the first two rounds, contestants face-off, forging blades they hope can withstand the judges’ grueling tests. Only two smiths will be left standing and continue on to the final round where they’ll have to put it all on the line and create a historic blade. It takes a certain mix of brains and brawn to be crowned the Forged in Fire champion.
J. Neilson has been making knives for 20 years and is one of the best all-round bladesmiths in the world. He was recognized in 2008 when he achieved the rank of Mastersmith in the American Bladesmith Society, a title held by less than 115 people worldwide. Forging blades professionally, out of his “shop in the woods” in the endless mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, has made J. an expert in “sole authorship” blade-making, a total mastery of every element of weapon design and manufacture. His internationally recognized experience and credentials mean that no one is better suited to assess the process of edged weapon making.
David Baker is a world-renowned swordsmith who specializes in recreating some of world’s rarest edged weapons. David is constantly challenging his scholarship of weaponry, researching forgotten techniques and examining world-class collections to ensure his replicas are as close to and as functional as the originals. David has been called upon to make weapons that haven’t been seen outside of museums in centuries. He is the go-to guy for accurate replicas from samurai swords to submachine guns. No one can give more insight on the craft of weapon making and what it takes to forge a beautiful piece of historic weaponry.
Doug Marcaida is an edged weapon combat specialist who also designs some of the world’s deadliest blades. Doug is a highly skilled martial artist who has also studied fighting styles and techniques around the world. From hand-to-hand combat to battlefield strategy, Doug is a walking encyclopedia in the evolution of weapons of war. Doug will give a peerless perspective on the fighting style of the weapons as well as their design and take the lead when it comes to testing the weapons made in the competition.
Forged in Fire is driven by host Wil Willis. An Army Ranger for four years and Air Force Pararescueman for roughly ten years, Wil has hands-on experience with a wide range of weapons in real battle situations. Wil understands that a well-designed weapon used properly can literally make the difference between life and death. This unique perspective makes Wil perfectly positioned to host the competition and offer invaluable insights into the bladesmith’s weapons from a combat perspective.
Four new bladesmiths are put to the test when they must forge a bayonet blade and engineer it to attach to a rifle. After a round of grueling tests on their bayonets, the final two bladesmiths are sent home to spend five days forging the legendary African blade, the Zulu Iklwa. Will both bladesmiths fall, or will one stand a cut above to be crowned the Forged in Fire champion?
Four bladesmiths must salvage steel from a junkyard to create a signature blade using a hand-cranked coal forge. After a smashing round of testing, only two will move onto the final round where they'll have just five days to create a Dayak war sword, the Pandat. Will the blade's unique shape leave victims in its wake, or will one rise to the top and be crowned Forged in Fire champion?
Four new bladesmiths face the unprecedented challenge of forging the barrel of a gun into a lethal knife. After a round of brutal testing, the final two bladesmiths return home where they have five days to forge one of the most legendary blades in combat history, the Cavalry Saber. Will these challenges be too much for the bladesmiths or will one rise to the top and be crowned Forged in Fire Champion?
When a group of new bladesmiths enters the forge, they're met with a challenge they never saw coming. They must harvest the steel for their blade from an imposing piece of construction equipment, which proves to be a bigger task than they anticipate. After an intense round of testing and another elimination, the two remaining smiths face off to recreate a classic Greek sword used in close quarters combat. With a $10,000 prize on the line, both smiths turn out impressive blades for a final round of testing, but the judges will choose only one to be crowned Forged in Fire Champion.
The Boar Spear
Four bladesmiths must use the steel from a suit of armor to create a signature blade. After a tense round of testing, only two move on to the final round where they'll have just five days to create a weapon historically used for both combat and hunting--the boar spear. Will the blade's immense size cause them to fall short, or will one rise to the occasion and be crowned Forged in Fire champion?
Four new bladesmiths have their creativity put to the test when they are tasked with making a serrated blade out of only the tools from the table in front of them. They must harvest enough steel to forge the blade, but without melting down a crucial tool they might need later. Then, the final two bladesmiths attempt to forge a Hunga Munga--a behemoth weapon where all four edges must maintain peak performance when put through the judges' gauntlet. Which bladesmith will prove worthy of a check for $10,000 and the title of Forged in Fire Champion?
Four new bladesmiths step up to the challenge of forging blades using pieces of steel harvested from some monstrous power tools. While some smiths excel under the pressure, others are pushed to the limits of exhaustion in the heat of the Forge. After a vigorous round of testing, the final two go toe-to-toe in creating a sacrificial sword from history which could reportedly cut a sheep in half with one swing. After a formidable battle in the finale, only one will earn the title Forged in Fire Champion and take home $10,000.
Four bladesmiths must create a blade out of high carbon steel while also forging the hammer they'll use to make it. After an extraordinary round of testing, only two move on to the final round where they'll have just five days to create a weapon known for its deadly prowess against armored soldiers--the Falcata. Will the blade's unique handle shape leave them open to a devastating blow, or will one smith be able to slice their way to the $10,000?
Four new contestants must choose wisely as they try to craft a blade of their signature style from a pile of tools, both old and new. Then the stakes are doubled when, for the first time ever, they must forge not one, but two swords in the final round. Crafting Chinese Butterfly Swords, our final two bladesmiths face twice the work, and twice the pressure, in their attempt to claim the title of Forged in Fire champion.
Four former contestants, back in the Forge by popular demand, return for a second shot at victory and redemption in an all new challenge full of unexpected twists. Competition gets heated right away when they are forced to make their signature style blades with materials from a surprising source. After two rounds of grueling competition, only two smiths are left to take on the final challenge of recreating a weapon they've never seen before: The Hook Sword. This complex weapon gives both fan favorites a run for their money, but only one will hook the crown and take home $10,000.
Four Forged in Fire champions return for a chance to prove who among them is the best of the best in a challenge that leaves no room for error: a high carbon steel inlay. After two surprising rounds of competition, only two will move on to the final round where they will have just five days to create a weapon that stumped previous contestants; the Scottish Claymore. Will this sizable blade be too much to handle, or will one be able to stand above the rest as Forged in Fire champion of champions?