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Forged in Fire features world-class bladesmiths competing against each other to create some of the most iconic edged weapons from history. In each episode, four of the best bladesmiths in the country will come together to put both their skills and reputations on the line. Whether they are making a Japanese katana, a medieval broadsword, or an ancient throwing blade like the chakram, the weapons they forge will be fully functional and lethal works of art and war. The unique histories contained within each weapon will be creatively told during the forging process and the final weapons themselves will be assessed and ruthlessly tested by our panel of expert judges. These dynamic and explosive tests will be individually designed to push the weapons to their absolute limit. One by one, the bladesmiths will be eliminated until only one remains to be crowned the champion.

Genres: Talent | Competition
Station: History (US)
Rating: 8.38/10 from 8 users
Status: Running
Start: 2015-06-22

Forged in Fire Season 4 Air Dates


S04E01 - Judges Pick Air Date: 12 April 2017 01:00 -

For the first time, it's judge against judge when all four judges pick a past bladesmith to represent them in the ultimate battle for supremacy. First, each bladesmith must forge with steel from the streets of New York to create a blade in their signature style. In the final round, the two remaining competitors have five days to forge a sword that originated from the most skilled blacksmiths in West Africa, the Ida. Which smith will surmount it all and give their judge the ultimate bragging rights?


S04E02 - Deer Horn Knives Air Date: 12 April 2017 02:00 -

Four bladesmiths tee up for a never-before-seen challenge when they must harvest the steel from a vintage golf club to forge their signature blade. In a race against the clock, and using unconventional methods, the competitors navigate broken blades and broken spirits to determine which make the cut. In the final round, the remaining smiths must forge a pair of iconic double bladed weapons with two times the edge, in their last attempt to claim the title of Forged in Fire champion.


S04E03 - The Katzbalger Air Date: 19 April 2017 01:00 -

For the first time ever, the competitors are challenged with creating not one, but two blades in the first round. With double the pressure and double the work, the bladesmiths are pushed to their limits, which leads to another first–a hospital trip. After a grueling second round, the two remaining smiths have just five days to create an iconic 15th century combat sword–the Katzbalger. Which bladesmith has what it takes to burn through the obstacles in their way and become the next Forged in Fire champion?


S04E04 - Makraka Air Date: 26 April 2017 01:00 -

Four bladesmiths face a new twist in the first round when they learn they can't forge any blade in their own style, they must forge a karambit, a curved knife that resembles a claw. The smiths spring into action and uncoil their finest weapon-making skills to forge a unique blade that's fit and formed to withstand brutal testing. The final two competitors have five days to forge one of the deadliest weapons in African history–the Makraka.


S04E05 - Fans' Choice Air Date: 03 May 2017 01:00 -

In a Forged in Fire first, fans voted online to bring back four of their favorite bladesmiths for a second shot at victory. In the first round of competition, the smiths must use their best forging techniques to make a signature blade using barbed wire. After a razor sharp round of testing, the final two smiths return home to craft a historical Filipino weapon of war–the Panabas. Who will justify their fans' loyalty and conquer the competition, walking away with the title of champion?


S04E06 - Akrafena Air Date: 10 May 2017 01:00 -

Four bladesmiths face a twist right away when they are tasked with forging a Kukri, the signature blade of Master Smith and judge, Jason Knight. Up against a ticking clock and a massive billet of steel, the competitors struggle with the unusual geometry of the Kukri. After two dramatic rounds of mishaps and mischief, two smiths forge ahead in the final challenge to reproduce a distinctive African sword, the Akrafena.


S04E07 - Talwar Air Date: 17 May 2017 01:00 -

A new group of competitors face the unknown when they are tasked with using odd shapes of mystery steel to forge a blade in their signature style. All four smiths fight to the finish amidst painful injuries and setbacks, but only two make it through to the final round, giving them just five days at their home forges to recreate the sacred but lethal Talwar sword.


S04E08 - The Cinquedea Air Date: 24 May 2017 01:00 -

Four bladesmiths are welcomed to the forge with a curveball–they must utilize questionable steel from mining tools to forge a blade in their signature style. Given the option to add high carbon steel to their knives, the smiths make risky decisions to construct a cutting edge tough enough to make it to the next round. Ultimately, two smiths survive to forge an intricately designed and deadly Italian sword–the Cinquedea.


S04E09 - The Charay Air Date: 07 June 2017 01:00 -

The competitors must demonstrate edged-weapon mastery when they are tasked with turning salvaged junkyard steel into a weapon. Pressured by the ticking clock, each smith turns in a finished blade in their signature style, but after a round of brutal testing, only two forge ahead to the final round to recreate the legendary Charay sword.


S04E10 - Sword Breaker Redemption Air Date: 14 June 2017 01:00 -

Four previous competitors return to the forge for a second chance, only to find that the road to redemption is far from easy. Relying on skills they've been sharpening since their defeat, the competitors must forge their signature blade using only the recycled steel from a jackhammer. Anxieties flare as the smiths hammer away at multiple obstacles in an attempt to avoid facing failure, again. With one last shot at a comeback, the final two competitors recreate a distinctive 16th century blade called the Sword Breaker.


S04E11 - Master & Apprentice Air Date: 12 July 2017 01:00 -

It's double the competitors and double the heat in this first ever team challenge. Masters compete alongside their apprentices as they are forced to take turns on the forge floor, tag-teaming and fusing their skills to forge a cleaver using the arduous jellyroll technique. In the final round, the smiths must forge a deadly Congolese chopper, the Nzappa Zap, in a final attempt to be named the first Master & Apprentice champions.


S04E12 - Ngombe Ngulu Air Date: 19 July 2017 01:00 -

Four bladesmiths enter the forge and are given the twisted challenge of having to forge blades from a giant elevator cable. Which smiths will unravel after two challenges and a brutal round of testing? Only two will return home to recreate the African Ngombe Ngulu, known as the executions sword.


S04E13 - The Shamshir Air Date: 26 July 2017 01:00 -

Staying a step ahead will be the key to success as four competing bladesmiths are tasked with forging a bowie that will require a d-guard in the 2nd round. But even after strategically calculating each move to set themselves up for a win, only two make it through to the final round where they must recreate a deadly sabre called the Shamshir.


S04E14 - The Kachin Dao Air Date: 02 August 2017 01:00 -

This competition isn't smooth sailing as the four bladesmiths must use steel from old nautical equipment to forge weld their signature blade, while being forced to do it using a metal inlay technique. After two turbulent rounds, two smiths propel to the final round where they have just five days to forge the Kachin Dao, a deadly headhunting sword.


S04E15 - The Gladiators' Scissor Air Date: 09 August 2017 01:00 -

With a variety of steels to choose from, the smiths are forced to create a canister Damascus billet from which they must forge a dagger. After devastating setbacks, only two enter the final round where they must recreate an ancient Roman weapon known as the Scissor.


S04E16 - The Kampilan Air Date: 23 August 2017 01:00 -

Four bladesmiths head to a scrapyard to create their signature blade using only harvested metal and a coal forge. Challenges arise when some struggle to keep their fires burning, and ultimately two competitors are left standing. In the final round, the remaining smiths must recreate a fearsome battle weapon, the Kampilan.


S04E17 - The Kpinga Air Date: 30 August 2017 01:00 -

The bladesmiths find the odds stacked against them when they are forced to layer a complex Damascus pattern into their signature style blade. Broken blades and tears fall throughout two challenges and an unforgiving round of testing. In the final round, two smiths are locked in a dead heat to recreate a three-bladed African throwing knife called the Kpinga.


S04E18 - The Yatagan Air Date: 13 September 2017 01:00 -

The competition shifts into high gear when the smiths are tasked with turning the rusted steel of a 1971 Mercury Cougar into their signature blade in just three hours. After a grueling round of testing, only two competitors' roads lead them back to their home forge where they have just five days to create an elite military weapon known as the Yatagan.


S04E19 - International Championship Air Date: 04 October 2017 01:00 -

Four of the top bladesmiths from around the globe compete in the first ever Forged In Fire International Championship. With national pride on the line, each smith must put their blood, sweat, and fire into forging a blade in their signature style. But when the pressure mounts, frustration becomes the universal anthem in the forge and ultimately two smiths are forced to return to their home countries empty handed. The final two smiths must recreate the Spadroon, a weapon that has transcended borders, in their last effort to bring home the title of International Champion.


S04E20 - Tabar-Shishpar Air Date: 11 October 2017 01:00 -

Four bladesmiths have a monkey wrench thrown into the competition, literally, when they are asked to forge blades in their signature style from pipe wrenches. Which parts of the wrench get used and which should get thrown away as the clock ticks down? Ultimately only two competitors' pipe dreams stay alive as they advance into the final round where they must recreate an extremely rare axe-mace hybrid, known as the Tabar-Shishpar.


S04E21 - Ultimate Champions Edition Air Date: 18 October 2017 01:00 -

In a Forged in Fire first, five former champions return for a competition unlike any other and must earn a spot at one of the four anvils before the first forge has been lit. After the qualifying round, the intensity is far from over, when four remaining smiths are given miniature sized cubes to forge their signature blades in the infamous Canister Damascus challenge. Flaring nerves transpire over two intense rounds of unruly welds and awe-inspiring comebacks, leaving only two champions standing. Back at their home forges, the final two must recreate the Tai Chi sword in their fight to reign supreme as the Ultimate Forged in Fire Champion of Champions.


S04E22 - Knights Templar Air Date: 25 October 2017 01:00 -

Four brave smiths are thrown for a loop when they must forge together rusty chain mail and high quality steel to produce Knights Templar Crusader Daggers in Round 1. The competitors must strategically battle their greatest enemy - the ticking clock - to ensure these double-edged medieval blades are fit to withstand brutal testing. Two smiths survive elimination and are sent back to their home forges on a five day quest to recreate the iconic Knights Templar Crusader Sword.


S04E23 - Viking Edition Air Date: 01 November 2017 01:00 -

Four competitors march into a dry moat where they must resurrect old swords and forge them into a Viking Seax, using the time-tested coal forge. With hammers in full swing and multiple obstacles in their path, the smiths exhaust every ounce of their strength to produce weapons fit to withstand any test imaginable. In the final challenge, the remaining two smiths voyage home to recreate a pair of deadly Viking War Axes in their final fight for the coveted title of champion.


S04E24 - The Medieval War Axe Air Date: 08 November 2017 02:00 -

Next Episode of Forged in Fire is

Season 8 / Episode 21 and airs on 20 May 2021 01:00

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