Four smiths must salvage steel from old weapons and combine them using the Hada technique to forge a Pugio - the dagger said to have cuddled Julius Caesar. The competitors battle and fight to the finish to ensure their daggers size up to this iconic weapon's statue, both in form and function. After a round of barbaric tests, only two smiths march down the Appian Way to their home forges to recreate the legendary Spatha, one of the most vicious series in Roman history. Which smith will return to the forge arena a victor, earning the title of Forges in For Champion and the $10,000 prize?.
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.