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Forged in Fire

Forged in Fire

History 2015

Competitors re-create weapons from historical periods ranging from Japanese katanas to medieval broadswords to ancient throwing blades. Each entry is judged on its artistry as well as its functionality and accuracy.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Forged in Fire

Forged in Fire - S8E8

#1 - The Massive Maguro Bocho

8.30

Season 8 - Episode 8

Four bladesmiths get cooking when they are tasked with forging a cleaver using only the steel from meat hooks. After two rounds of slicing and dicing, two smiths head back to their home forges to create the Maguro Bocho, a massive tuna knife.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 43 votes.

Forged in Fire - S8E7

#2 - Judges' Home Forge Battle

8.21

Season 8 - Episode 7

For the first time, Judges Ben Abbott, J. Neilson and David Baker are thrown into the fire for a grueling home forge battle against each other. Given two weeks, each judge will construct a blade unlike anything they've made before, all while filming the process themselves. With bragging rights on the table, will the judges' work hold up to their own critical eyes and survive testing or will a mistake get the best of them?

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 42 votes.

Forged in Fire - S7E37

#3 - Summer Forging Games Part 2

8.14

Season 7 - Episode 37

In the second half of the Forged in Fire Summer Games, three smiths remain, eager to win the Damascus metal and $15,000. However, the challenges are far from over as they must forge the Greek Xiphos Sword, from start to finish, in one round. After being ranked from first to last, all three enter the final event at their home forges, where they must choose to recreate one of four historical weapons, ranging in level of difficulty and point value. Which smith will return with a weapon worthy of being crowned the first Forged in Fire Summer Games champion and walk away with $15,000?

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 49 votes.

Forged in Fire - S8E2

#4 - The Deadly Vajra-Mushti

8.14

Season 8 - Episode 2

Four smiths get rolling when they are tasked with making cannister Damascus from tubes. After a couple of intense rounds in the forge, two competitors head back to their home forges to recreate a deadly and unique Indian weapon: the varja-mushti. Which smith will produce a weapon worthy of the Forged in Fire title and walk away with a check for $10,000?

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 64 votes.

Forged in Fire - S5E34

#5 - Tournament Championship (Nodachi)

8.12

Season 5 - Episode 34

In the final round of the Invitational Tournament, our winning Farrier, Armorer, Blacksmith and Modern Metal Worker face off to forge the longest round one weapon in Forged in Fire history: the Wakizashi. The smiths race to produce a damascus blade in three hours and must rely on their expertise to bring them one step closer to victory. The tough competition leaves no room for error. After a meticulous round of tests, only two smiths remain and return to their home forges to recreate one of the largest Japanese swords, the Nodachi.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 152 votes.

Forged in Fire - S8E6

#6 - Forged in Fire Christmas

8.04

Season 8 - Episode 6

The stockings are hung and the forges are aglow in a special Christmas competition where four smiths must work their way to the judges nice list by salvaging steel from Santa's sleigh to forge signature blades. After two festive rounds, only two smiths merrily return home to recreate the iconic sword carried by General George Washington during the American Revolution. Which smith will produce a weapon worthy of Santa's seal of approval and the greatest gift of all--the title of Forged in Fire Champion and $10,000?

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 47 votes.

Forged in Fire - S5E33

#7 - Tournament Round 4 (Modern Metalworkers) - The Flamberge Rapier

8.01

Season 5 - Episode 33

In the fourth round of the Forged in Fire Invitational Tournament, four modern metal workers must harvest materials from a metal sculpture to forge a needle point Damascus blade. Will they find allies in these alloys, or will someone experience a metal meltdown? When time’s up, an especially harsh round of testing leaves only two metal workers standing. These smiths return to their own home forges to recreate an extravagant sword from the elite classes of Renaissance Europe: the duel-ready Flamberge Rapier. Which smith will earn the spot at the metal worker’s anvil, and the chance to win $50,000 and be crowned Tournament Champion?

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 176 votes.

Forged in Fire - S6E2

#8 - Long Road to Redemption Part 2

8.01

Season 6 - Episode 2

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?

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 155 votes.

Forged in Fire - S5E32

#9 - Tournament Round 3 (Blacksmiths) - The Knightly Pole Axe

8.00

Season 5 - Episode 32

In Round Three of the first ever Forged in Fire Invitational Tournament, four blacksmiths must forge a signature Damascus blade using steel they must harvest from a stockpile of varied tools. In an ultimate test of their blade-making skills, these smiths persevere through missteps that chisel away at their resolve. The smiths that survive two brutal rounds of testing return to their home forges to recreate a multipurpose Medieval weapon of war – the Knightly Poleaxe. Which smith will advance to the coveted spot at the blacksmith’s anvil, and earn the chance to be crowned Tournament Champion and win the biggest Forged in Fire prize ever: $50,000?

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 178 votes.

Forged in Fire - S8E3

#10 - The Legendary Sword of Saladin

8.00

Season 8 - Episode 3

Four smiths are in for a twist when they are tasked with forging signature blades from either a large suspension cable or thin piano wire. After two intense rounds that come down to the wire, two return home to recreate the legendary Sword of Saladin, one of the sharpest blades in the world. Which smith's weapon will cut through the competition, leading them to victory and a check for $10,000?

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 59 votes.

#11 - Barbarian Sword
7.98
Season 6 - Episode 6

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. Two enter, but only one can emerge as the Forged in Fire Champion and take home the $10,000 jackpot.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 162 votes.

#12 - Zulu War Axe
7.96
Season 7 - Episode 22

Four smiths are tasked with forging Japanese Natas using a traditional Japanese technique. After two intense rounds, the three remaining blades are tested to determine which contestants will head to their home forges to recreate the prestigious Zulu War Axe. Which smith’s weapon will have what it takes to chop down the competition, win $10,000, and be crowned Forged in Fire Champion?

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 79 votes.

#13 - Slasher Edition (Grim Reaper's Scythe)
7.96
Season 5 - Episode 35

In this special edition, four bladesmiths must create a signature slasher blade that would give Freddy Krueger nightmares. Each smith has a different type of metal to contend with, and after a gruelling first round one blade falls victim to the forge. The others are forced to face the music for a frightening round of testing. Only two smiths survive and return to their home forges to recreate the menacing Grim Reaper's Scythe. Whose weapon will silence the competition, earning $10,000 and the title of Forged in Fire Champion?

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 157 votes.

#14 - Branch Battle: Finals
7.95
Season 6 - Episode 14

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?

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 147 votes.

#15 - The Ring Hilted Sword
7.95
Season 5 - Episode 39

Four blacksmiths must each forge judge Ben Abbott's favorite blade, the Celtic ring knife, using the San Mai technique; the final two competitors return to their home forges to recreate Irish ring hilted swords.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 131 votes.

#16 - The Giant Sword of William Wallace
7.94
Season 8 - Episode 5

Four bladesmiths are faced with a gigantic challenge, scaling down a nine foot long dagger to exactly a fifth of its size. After a couple of intense rounds of putting their skills and calculators to the test, two competitors earn the right to return to their home forges and craft the largest sword in Forged in Fire history--the William Wallace sword. While two smiths will enter the final testing arena, only one will emerge victorious with $10,000 and the title of Forged in Fire Champion.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 49 votes.

#17 - Branch Battle: Army
7.93
Season 6 - Episode 10

In a special 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.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 149 votes.

#18 - Tournament Round 1 (Farriers) - The Mortuary Sword
7.93
Season 5 - Episode 30

In the first ever Forged in Fire Tournament, four different classes of metalsmithing professionals will compete over five weeks for the chance to win the biggest Forged in Fire prize ever – $50,000. In this first week, four farriers are tasked with creating a San Mai blade from familiar tools: horseshoes and hoof rasps. After a strenuous round of testing, the remaining two farriers return to their home forges to create a famed weapon of the English Civil War: the Mortuary Sword. The winner will return in the final Tournament of Champions for a chance to prevail over the other metalsmithing classes and win the $50,000 grand prize.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 171 votes.

#19 - Summer Forging Games Part 1
7.93
Season 7 - Episode 36

In this two-part Forged in Fire special, four smiths enter the forge to compete in four events that will test every aspect of their bladesmithing capabilities. In event one, these smiths must create a testable knife from a railroad spike and a piece of high carbon steel. After testing, the four smiths are ranked from first to last and move onto event two where they must make a set of Damascus throwing knives. After another brutal bout of testing, which three competitors will move forward to the next event for a shot at first place, the Forged in Fire title and $15,000?

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 55 votes.

#20 - Hollywood Edition (Hattori Hanzō Katana)
7.92
Season 5 - Episode 27

Four bladesmiths pay homage to the blade craft of Hollywood, and their first mission – forge a survival knife that would make John Rambo proud. Two smiths fail the first round parameters and, in a Forged first, must face off in a sudden death elimination to determine who will continue to compete. After an intense round of testing the final two smiths return home to recreate one of the most famous swords in cinematic history: Hattori Hanzo's 1000-Layer Katana from Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Forged in Fire from 171 votes.

Last updated: mar 07, 2021

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Think any show with will Willis is bang on " That man is areal credit ex ranger an inspiration

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I LOVE this show!! Very entertaining

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I really like this show.

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An enjoyable show with crafting beautiful weapons. I'm glad that they made season 3 longer and hope they continue in this manner.

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