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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.

Mondays 10:00 PM et/pt on History Channel
5 Seasons, 69 Episodes
June 22, 2015
Reality
8.4/10
Cast: Wil Willis, J. Neilson, David Lain Baker, Doug Marcaida
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Forged in Fire Full Episode Guide

  • The smiths are forced to harvest steel from motorcycles to forge blades in their signature style, but things don't go according to plan; and after an intense race to the finish, the final two competitors have only five days to recreate a giant Indian two-handed sword.

  • The smiths are tasked with forging the Scottish Dirk; and two smiths head home for the final round to recreate the German Halberd, a medieval era triple threat.

  • Four bladesmiths are tasked with making blades using only harvested steel and coal forges in a rock quarry. Only two smiths advance to the final round, and they must recreate a historic Spanish Navaja.

  • Four bladesmiths must combine two or more steels to forge a Damascus European dagger. In the final round, they have five days to forge a Zande spear.

  • Four bladesmiths must kick their skills into gear when they're tasked with forging blades out of steel from a chain and a sprocket, but only two will secure a spot in the final round, where they have five days to forge the iconic karabela saber.

  • The heat is doubled as four master smiths compete alongside their apprentices to forge an iconic weapon of warfare: the trench knife. Each team must work together, tagging in and out every half hour, with only one smith allowed to touch the knife at a time. Refusing to retreat, two teams square off in one final battle to recreate a blade that's stood the test of time: the Chinese dao sword.

  • When a cannon is wheeled into the Forge, the bladesmiths are challenged to salvage its parts in order to make signature blades. Will the smiths blast their way through the competition or will the battering of tests break them? In the end, two smiths shoot through to the final round where they must recreate the North African Kabyle Flyssa in a final round which will determine whose blade launches them to becoming the next Forged In Fire Champion.

  • Edged-weapon mastery is put to the test right away as four bladesmiths must forge a functional friction folder. Without knowing how their blades will be tested, each smith must find the critical junction where skill meets resiliency to produce a folding knife versatile enough to handle any test imaginable. Ultimately, only two smiths push through to the final round where they must recreate a Japanese trident, called the Jumonji Yari. Which smith will return with a weapon of unparalleled strength and seal their fate as a Forged In Fire Champion?

  • The smiths get locked and loaded to forge a signature blade out of a 50-caliber flintlock pistol. Despite giving it their best shot, it's a struggle turning a gun into a blade, and after two rounds two smiths are sent barreling towards elimination.

  • The bladesmiths harvest steel from farming tools, then must use forges to make their signature blades with a hidden lanyard hole. Ultimately, only two smiths return to their home forges to recreate a decorated and deadly Schiavona sword.

  • Five novice smiths have to earn their way into the competition, as one smith will be sent home before the first forge is ever lit. Next, the four remaining competitors are tasked with forging a blade with steel from a mystery box of their choosing. After two intense rounds full of tough welding, bloody wounds, and clever workarounds, only two are left standing. Then, they return to their home forges with just five days to recreate a 16th century weapon of war.

  • The bladesmiths are forced to achieve one of six Damascus patterns for their first round blade, and they must choose wisely. The ladder to victory is full of twists as the smiths stack, weld and repeat trying to forge beautifully crafted and durable blades under their specified parameters. When time runs out, only two competitors enter the final challenge to recreate the fearsome Rhomphaia sword. Which smith will demonstrate true mastery to dominate the competition and be named the next Forged In Fire Champion?

  • Four brave 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 Forged In Fire champion.

  • Four smiths forge together rusty chain mail and quality steel to make Knights Templar Crusader daggers in round one. Only two smiths survive elimination and travel to their home forges on a five-day quest to recreate a Knights Templar Crusader sword.

  • Five former champs return for a competition that involves forging their signature blades from a miniature cube in the canister damascus challenge. Later, the last two contestants must re-create the Tai Chi sword in their final fight to reign supreme.

  • 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. Ultimately only two competitors' pipe dreams stay alive as they advance to the final round where they must recreate a rare axe-mace hybrid called the tabar-shishpar.

  • Four of the top bladesmiths from around the globe compete in the first ever Forged In Fire International Championship.

  • The competition shifts into high gear .

  • The smiths are forced to layer a complex Damascus pattern into their signature-style blades; broken blades fall throughout two challenges and an unforgiving round; finalists must recreate a three-bladed African throwing knife called the Kpinga.

  • Four bladesmiths head to a scrap yard to create their signature blades using harvested metal and a coal forge; in the final round, the smiths must recreate a fearsome battle weapon known as the kampilan.

  • 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; only two enter the final round where they must recreate an ancient Roman weapon known as the Scissor.

  • Smiths must use steel from old nautical equipment to forge-weld their signature blades, while being forced to do it using a metal inlay technique; then, the two finalists have just five days to forge the Kachin Dao, a deadly headhunting sword.

  • Four competing bladesmiths are tasked with forging a bowie knife that will require a d-guard in the second round; only two manage to make it through to the final round where they must recreate a deadly saber called the Shamshir.

  • Four blade smiths enter the forge and are given the twisted challenge of having to forge blades from a giant elevator cable.

  • It's double the competitors and double the heat in this first ever team challenge.

  • Four competitors return to the forge for a second chance; they must forge their signature blades using recycled steel from a jackhammer; then, the finalists must recreate a distinctive 16th-century blade called the Sword Breaker.

  • The competitors must demonstrate edged-weapon mastery when they are tasked with turning salvaged junkyard steel into a weapon; two forge ahead to the final round to recreate the legendary Charay sword.

  • Four bladesmiths utilize questionable steel from mining tools to forge a blade in their signature style. The two finalists craft an intricately designed Italian sword, the Cinquedea.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • In a Forged in Fire first, fans voted online to bring back four of their favorite craftsmen 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

  • 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.

  • Four bladesmiths compete in a never-before seen challenge, harvesting steel from a vintage golf club to forge signature blades; in the final round, the remaining smiths must forge a pair of iconic double bladed weapons with two times the edge.

  • The judges choose past bladesmiths to represent them; first, the smiths must use steel from N.Y.C. streets to forge signature blades; in the final round, the competitors have five days to forge a sword that originated in West Africa, the Ida.

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Forged in Fire Video Clips & Extras

Forged in Fire: Bonus - Round 2 Deliberation (Season 4, Episode 16) | History Clip (02:52) Forged in Fire: Bonus - Kpinga Home Forge Challenge (Season 4, Episode 17) | History Clip (02:51) Forged in Fire: Bonus - Round 2 Deliberation (Season 4, Episode 18) | History Clip (02:59) Forged in Fire: Bonus - Spadroon Home Forge Challenge (Season 4, Episode 19) | History Clip (02:16) Forged in Fire: Bonus - Round 2 Deliberation (Season 4, Episode 13) | History Clip (03:12) Forged in Fire: Bonus - Round 1 Deliberation (Season 4, Episode 15) | History Clip (02:35) Forged in Fire: Bonus - Round 2 Deliberation (Season 4, Episode 12) | History Clip (03:06) Forged in Fire: Bonus - Tabar-Shishpar Home Forge Challenge (Season 4, Episode 20) | History Clip (03:37)