Four bladesmiths are challenged with forging a canister damascus knife using only steel wool and 1095 powder. If that wasn't difficult enough, they must also forge a gut hook into their blades. Getting this wool welded is wicked work, and the smiths struggle to forge this porous steel. After two grueling rounds of competition, two smiths are dealt a kick to the gut and eliminated, while the final two head home to recreate an important weapon from North American history: the Pipe Tomahawk.
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.