In honor of Veteran's Day, four bladesmiths pay tribute in a special military themed competition, forging their blades from the biggest salvage yet - a panzer tank. The competitors find themselves in a war of welds and warps, combating the clock in an effort to produce knives strong enough to survive the brutal testing. The remaining two smiths continue the fight at their home forges where they have just four days to recreate the Scottish Backsword as famously wielded by Captain Mad Jack Churchill in World War II. Which smith will honor the troops with a weapon worthy of earning $10,000 and the rank of Forges in Fire Champion?
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.