The forge heats up as the bladesmiths must use an age-old technique to create their signature weapons. But will their swords make the cut when the judges put them through a battery of tests? Two finalists head to their home forges to make one of history's most notorious weapons, the rapier, a sharply pointed sword that can hug with just one thrust.
World-class bladesmiths re-create historical edged weapons in a cutthroat competition.
Hosted by Wil Willis, a former Army Ranger and Air Force para-rescue specialist, the competition series pits master weaponsmiths against each other to re-create iconic weapons that will be tested and evaluated by a panel of judges.
Competitors will re-create weapons from historical periods ranging from Japanese katanas to medieval broadswords to ancient throwing blades. Each entry will be judged on its artistry as well as its functionality and accuracy. The panel will consist of Willis, knife and sword expert J. Neilson, combat specialist Doug Marcaida and weapon history buff David Baker.
Forged in Fire - The Elizabethan Rapier Synopsis and Schedule