Next Episode of Forged in Fire is
Season 8 / Episode 21 and airs on 20 May 2021 01:00
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.
In this first half of a two-part Road to Redemption competition, seven past competitors who fell short return to the forge for a second chance at glory and redemption. But these smiths aren't merely trying to beat one another: for the first time ever, they'll have to create four different weapons and survive four rounds of testing in order to earn the title and a $20,000 prize. The bladesmiths begin outside using the dreaded coal forge. Many battle burnt metal, and one competitor will never even make it into the Forge. After a round of testing, five smiths return to their home forges to create a perfect competition chopper. Which four will produce blades that perform and keep their quest of becoming a Forged in Fire Champion alive?
In the second half of the Road to Redemption competition four former smiths remain, each competing for a second chance to become a Forged in Fire Champion. There's no slowing down for these bladesmiths as they're tasked with crafting a Jambiya, an elegant and deadly Yemeni dagger. The intricacies of the dagger prove too much for one smith, and an intense round of testing eliminates a second. For the first time ever, the two finalists must choose their weapon which they will create at their home forges. Which smith has the knowledge, skills, and craftsmanship to outlast the others, win $20,000, and earn the most elusive prize of all: redemption?
Four bladesmiths honor some of the greatest Americans of all times – the Presidents. First, competitors pay homage to famed adventurer, President Theodore Roosevelt, by forging a replica of his Rough Rider Bowie. With precise parameters in place, the challenge proves to be tougher than a bull moose, and several smiths struggle to meet the mark. After brutal testing, two smiths pull ahead to move on to their home forge to recreate an intricate Presidential weapon: George Washington's Colichemarde.
For the special 100th episode of Forged in Fire, four bladesmiths are tasked with forging a chopper and must choose from a mammoth pile of metals and materials from all previous 99 episodes. Some of the smiths are doomed to repeat the past, making mistakes made by former competitors. After a fiery round of tests, the two finalists head home to recreate one of the most epic swords in the history of this competition: the O-Katana.
Four smiths must think outside the box when tasked with using the dreaded canister method to forge a signature blade. Welding failures and abandoned canisters leave some of the competitors scrambling. After a colorful round of testing two smiths return to their home forges where they must recreate the signature weapon of history's deadly cavalrymen: the Austro-Hungarian Hussar Saber.
Four bladesmiths plunge into the first round of competition where they must forge a blade using steel harvested from a vintage pinball machine. There's no playing around as the smiths aim to get to the next level before the clock runs out. After a wicked round of testing, only two smiths advance and return home to build a weapon rooted in savagery: the Barbarian Sword.
The wheels start turning when four bladesmiths must forge friction folders from a rusty pickup truck. The salvaged steel proves temperamental, causing a few of the blades and smiths to crack under the pressure. The two smiths left standing head back to their home forges to recreate an exotic weapon wielded by ancient Southeast Asian warriors: the Javanese Kris.
Four bladesmiths take a stab at history when they are tasked with recreating an iconic fighting knife from the 20th century: the Fairbairn Sykes. However, replicating the blade is only half the challenge -- they must also combine three different sizes of W1 round stock to forge their weapon. After battling forge welds and parameters, one smith falls victim to a costly mistake. Two smiths make it through a brutal round of testing and head back to their home forges to recreate another iconic World War II weapon: General Yamashita's Gunto.
Four bladesmiths must forge signature blades from different sizes of spring steel. Competitors toil with the canister Damascus technique with varying degrees of success, and one smith sets a Forged in Fire record. Two smiths survive an intense round of testing and return home to recreate a legendary weapon: the Greek Kopis.
In a five-part competition, top bladesmiths from each branch of the US military - Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy - compete to earn a spot representing their branch in a battle for our biggest prize ever: $50,000. Round one belongs to the Army, as four soldiers must forge a special forces V-42 stiletto. After a ruthless bout of testing, two smiths are dispatched to their home forges to build a US Army Officer's Sword. The winner secures a place at the Army Anvil competing in the Battle of the Branches finale, where victory brings pride, glory, and a $50,000 grand prize.
In Round Two of the Battle of the Branches Tournament, four airmen from the US Air Force must forge a Bolo knife using the San Mai technique to combine high carbon steel with helicopter parts. Shaping these massive pieces of uncooperative metal into usable steel will take all of the airmen's ingenuity. After rounds of close inspection and brutal testing, two smiths return home to forge a weapon that exemplifies their branch: the Air Force NCO Sword. Which airman's blade will land him a spot at the Air Force Anvil, and a chance at the $50,000 grand prize?
In the third round of the Battle of the Branches, four Marines are tasked with forging one of the most versatile, and iconic combat knives in history: the KA-BAR. As an additional challenge, these smiths must adapt and overcome to forge together metals from a massive anchor using the San Mai technique. After a punishing round of testing, the two surviving smiths return home to forge a weapon that was crucial to history: the Marine Corps Officers Sword. Only one Devil Dog can earn the right to stand at the Marine Anvil and compete for the $50,000 grand prize.
Round Four of the Battle of the Branches sets sail as four Naval officers must forge a multipurpose Naval Mark 3 Dive Knife with metal from a giant anchor chain. It's sink or swim as delaminations and forge weld failures plague some of the bladesmiths. After a particularly brutal round of testing, two sailors return home to recreate the intricate and iconic Naval Officer's Sword. Which smith will secure a spot at the Navy Anvil, a chance at glory, and the $50,000 grand prize?
In the final round of the Battle of the Branches the winning Soldier, Airman, Marine and Sailor return to the forge for the ultimate showdown. Tasked with replicating an iconic M3 Trench Knife from layered damascus in only three hours, the smiths work to showcase their expertise and push themselves to go above and beyond. After a last minute flaw sends one smith packing, the remaining three veterans must face a brutal bout of testing. Ultimately two servicemen persevere and head home to recreate a legendary sword: General George Washington's Lion-headed Cuttoe. Which smith will earn bragging rights for his branch, be crowned Battle of the Branches Champion, and take home the biggest prize in Forged in Fire history: $50,000?
Four bladesmiths are in for a workout when they are tasked with forging signature blades from gym equipment. The competitors flex their skills, battling forge welding failures and warps. After a severe round of testing, the two remaining smiths have only four days in their home forges to recreate one of Japan's deadliest swords: the Nagamaki.
Four bladesmiths are tasked with forging fantasy blades from a meteorite, battling difficult forge welds they create their one of a kind blades; the final two head to their home forges to re-create a legendary weapon: Attila the Hun's Sword of Mars.
Four bladesmiths fight fire with fire when they must dismantle a forge and use that steel to construct a blade. The competition gets heated as the smiths struggle to salvage enough material to create a san mai billet, leading one competitor to crack under the pressure. After a punishing round of tests, the final two return to their home forges where they have just four days to recreate one of history's most elegant weapons of war: The Partizan.
Four bladesmiths face triple the challenges when they must forge a canister Damascus blade from three different steels using three separate cans. Keeping their canisters and blades straight proves easier said than done, and Round 1 gives one of the competitors a tough break. After a rough round of testing, two finalists head back to their home forges to recreate not one, but two of history's most reliable hunting weapons: the Messer and Bi-knife.
Four bladesmiths are dispatched to the snowy winter tundra to forge a kukri with steel harvested from an old snowmobile. Provided with no power tools, the smiths might fight to forge their blades with just hand tools and the dreaded coal forge. After a physically and mentally exhausting outdoor round, one smith is eliminated before ever reaching the comfort of the indoor forge. At the forge, another contestant is eliminated after a particularly brutal round of testing. The two remaining smiths head home to forge a massive and intricate sacrificial sword from South Asia: the Ram Dao.
It's anyone's game when four bladesmiths are tasked with forging blades from old toys using the san mai technique. The smiths realize playtime is over as the pressure of the competition heats up and they experience difficult delaminations. A dangerous slip-up during Round Two reminds the competitors to not play with sharp objects. After a ruthless round of testing, two smiths return to their home forges to recreate an iconic American blade: the M1832 Foot Artillery Sword.
On the 50th anniversary of the first steps on the moon, four bladesmiths compete to recreate a space-age M-1 NASA Survival Knife out of ball bearings. These knives must not only be worthy of interstellar flight but also overcome a triple strength and durability test. Only bladesmiths with NASA worthy engineered blades will continue onto the third round to return home and construct a Spiked Mace. Which smith will blast off past the competition, earning the title of Forged in Fire Champion, and a check for $10,000?
It's a battle royale for four bladesmiths when they are tasked with forging signature blades with an integral knuckle duster from a steel cage and barbed wire. Getting a solid billet from these steels is a challenge all on its own, but forging a functional handle from the same piece is a whole different story. After two frantic rounds and a brutal weapons test, two finalists return to their home forges for one final challenge. They must recreate one of Scotland's most famous and feared weapons: the Lochaber Axe. Which axe will lock in the title of Forged In Fire Champion and take home the $10,000 prize?
Four bladesmiths are given a special assignment when they are tasked with forging Doug Marcaida's favorite blade: the Karambit. The competitors are in for twice the challenge when they must create a matching pair of the lethal knives. After Doug and the judges put these weapons through their paces, only two bladesmiths remain and return to their home forges to re-create a weapon that's both deadly and debonair: The Cane Sword. Whose blade will demonstrate that looks can kill and be handsomely rewarded with a check for $10,000 and the title of Forged in Fire Champion?
Four bladesmiths must scavenge a construction site to salvage their own knife-making materials. The smiths are then presented with an additional physical challenge when they are required to use a hand-cranked coal forge for the first round. After a critical error sends one competitor home, the three remaining bladesmiths must move on to the even more challenging round 2. Eliminating one more smith, the remaining two head to their home forges where they'll attempt to re-create a historic hunting weapon: The Boar Sword. Which smith will return to the forge with a weapon mighty enough to be crowned Forged in Fire Champion and earn a check for $10,000?
The odds are stacked against four bladesmiths when they must each forge a chopper in a distinct Damascus pattern. The ladder to success is full of twists as they struggle to achieve the specific look of each pattern. After surviving an intense round of testing, two smiths return home to recreate one of the most widely used and dangerous medieval weapons: the Falchion. Which smith will dominate the competition in form and function, earning the title of Forged in Fire Champion and $10,000?
Four bladesmiths must start at the bottom when they are tasked with creating ladder pattern damascus knives from a real ladder. After they salvage their metal the competitors must go step-by-step to create this intricate design, which proves to be no easy feat. One smith struggles in the intense conditions to even make it out of Round one. When a second competitor falls after a brutal round of testing, the remaining two smiths head home to recreate a battle sword wielded by one of history's military geniuses: Napoleon Bonaparte. Which smith can create a saber worthy of the Emperor himself, earning the title of Forged in Fire Champion and a prize of $10,000?
A quartet of bladesmiths are tasked with making canister damascus using barbershop tools, but before the knife making can begin, they must harvest their cans from an old barber's chair. Things get hairy as one competitor must restart with only 45 minutes left. Then, after an intense round of testing, the remaining two competitors head back to their home forges to re-create a weapon that's as fierce as it is fine: the Bhuj. Which smith's blade will make the cut, earning the title of Forged in Fire Champion and a check for $10,000?
It's anchors aweigh, as four bladesmiths are tasked with forging a Pirate's Boarding Axe from a treasure chest. They must batten down the hatches as they battle wayward welds and forging fiascos that leave two smiths high and dry. The final two smiths return to their home forges to recreate the legendary weapon carried by history's most notorious pirate: Blackbeard's Cutlass. Who will seize the ultimate treasure of $10,000 and the title of Forged in Fire Champion?
In this special kung fu competition, four bladesmiths square off in the Forged in Fire dojo where they must make a matching set of three kunai throwing knives. Only true smithing masters will be able to create three completely identical knives in a short three hours. Each smith has their own strategy of attack, but only two make it through and head back to their home forges, where they are tasked to recreate the legendary 9-Ringed Broadsword. Which smith has the chops to defeat the competition, earning the title Forged in Fire Champion, and a check for $10,000?
Four smiths hit the fast track when they are tasked with forging signature blades by salvaging materials from a go-kart. There's no pumping the brakes as the smiths navigate a winding road of welding mishaps, which ultimately send two smiths home. In one last drive on the road to victory, the two remaining competitors have just four days to recreate the favored sword of one of the most notorious leaders in history: Genghis Khan. Which smith will join the ranks of Forged in Fire champions and return home with the $10,000 prize?
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