In this special Judge's Takeover competition, every aspect of the challenge will be decided by two time Forged in Fire Champion, Ben Abbott. Four smiths must recreate the billhook knife, a weapon near and dear to Ben's heart. Then, they must survive two intense rounds of testing also designed by the undefeated champion himself. The remaining two smiths then return to their home forges to make an ornate weapon that Ben previously knocked out of the park on the Judges Home Forge Battle - the Sutton Hoo Sword. Once they return to the forge and their weapons are put through three more rounds of brutal testing, Ben will determine which smith will come out on top to walk away with $10,000 and the title of Forged 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.