Forged In Fire on History Channel

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Discovered this show on TV tonight. Pretty dope. Tuesdays at 9pm on the History Channel. It’s on season 5 right now. Anyone else watch it?

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Swords may not be the weapon of choice for many people nowadays, with more advanced weaponry readily available, but that doesn't stop some from continuing to work as bladesmiths. "Forged in Fire" tests some of the best in the field as they attempt to re-create some of history's most iconic edged weapons. Former Army Ranger Wil Willis hosts the competition series that sees four master bladesmiths challenged in each episode to forge the swords, which are then tested by a panel of judges consisting of J. Neilson, who has been making knives for more than 20 years, hand-to-hand combat specialist Doug Marcaida, and David Baker, an authority on replicating period-accurate weaponry. The contestant who survives the elimination rounds and wins the episode's contest earns $10,000 and the title of Forged in Fire champion.

 

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Been watching it for a long time. I never would have thought they could put drama in pounding hot iron. It's fun watching Doug Marcaida doing the kill test on the blades, then seeing how many letter Es he uses when he passes judgment saying "It will keeel." He's probably having more fun than anyone there.

Since your into FinF, look up FinF Knife or Death. It's not making blades, but using blades. It's basically a competition chopper obstacle course. Everyone brings their favorite blade. Its interesting seeing how the different types of knives and swords perform on the different challenges.
 

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Knife or Death is okay, but I find it gets repetitive. Unlike the parent FinF show, which I love.

How many chickens need to go unslashed before the Knife or Death competitors realize a seax might not be the best choice?
 

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I just want to know what they do with all that meat they chop up!? I hope they grill it up after they show. Maybe they could mix two shows together ... Forged in fire And bbq pit masters .
Show is pretty good. I just wish they weren't so much like a chef cook off competition.
I'd like to see more information on how things were done and why.
A more involved view of the home forge building would be great . I feel like they rush through that part.
Watch several episodes and you'll probably feel the same . it's cookie cutter after a while.
I'm bitching but I still watch them all.
Its nice when you can learn something from a show and it's not just a bunch of drama
 
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i've been watching on and off. pretty interesting seeing the different techniques of the contestants. some of the blades they whip out in several hours are quite stunning.
 

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Been watching it for a long time. I never would have thought they could put drama in pounding hot iron. It's fun watching Doug Marcaida doing the kill test on the blades, then seeing how many letter Es he uses when he passes judgment saying "It will keeel." He's probably having more fun than anyone there.

Since your into FinF, look up FinF Knife or Death. It's not making blades, but using blades. It's basically a competition chopper obstacle course. Everyone brings their favorite blade. Its interesting seeing how the different types of knives and swords perform on the different challenges.
A guy from my club was on KoD.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrexYfpQzoM
 

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Been watching Forged in Fire since it started. I had missed last week's episode somehow, so I got to watch it again last night. :) They typically show the previous one at 8pm (and again later) so if you miss one, you can watch it again before the next one airs.

I was surprised how one of the guys in last night's episode didn't know how to MIG weld. I would have thought that someone who was forging would know at least how to MIG if not oxy/act weld something together. It was mentioned how MIG welding is one of the easiest to do. I also wonder why we never see anyone use the knee mill for putting the holes in guards for blades. I'd be all over that like a fat kid on cake if I had the choice.

As for Knife or Death... The first episode was OK/interesting, but after that it was just the same shit each time. Sure, they shifted some things around a little, or made little changes, but nothing major. Not sure if they'll get picked up for another season, since it was all of 6 episodes (IIRC) long.

BTW, forged in fire is one of the big reasons why I decided to get back into making blades again. As well as why I decided I wanted to forge them and not just do stock removal (like I did last time).
 

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I watched all last season, this season I have only seen one show so far, but have the rest recorded. It is pretty interesting and fun to watch.
 

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Anyone interested in this stuff, Prospect Hill Forge in waltham (I am sure there are others) does blacksmithing classes. I took an intro class, it was a lot of fun. Once you take the intro class, you can take the knife making classes.
 

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Anyone interested in this stuff, Prospect Hill Forge in waltham (I am sure there are others) does blacksmithing classes. I took an intro class, it was a lot of fun. Once you take the intro class, you can take the knife making classes.
+1 for Prospect Hill Forge. When my son was 13 we took their Taste of Blacksmithing half day class. It was a blast. We used coal forges. I made an S-hook and he made a J-hook. We've always wanted to take their Nothing But Knives multi-day class but never had the time.
 

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I like it, and record the episodes. The spin off where they are running around cutting things hasn't held my attention. I love to learn new crap, so the fact that there is a school in Waltham is pretty tempting.
 

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Well, we have the NES Bullet Casting Seminar once a year or so, who is going to step up and offer the NES Smithy Course? LOL.

This is the closest moji I could find to Blacksmithing... [horse]
 

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":eek: I thought this was a family friendly establishment..."

Nothing says family like "Quit hitting your sister!" and "Don't make me pull over." or "If I have to come back there..."
 
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