Four smiths crack open crucibles to reveal surprise metals they'll be using to forge signature blades. After a tense round, one smith is sent packing while the three remaining competitors are tasked with casting bronze guards. Only two survive and move on to their home forges to recreate the legendary sword of King Charlemagne: the Joyeuse. Which Smith's sword will be fit for a king?
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.