In this competition, it's all about the dark side of history and the bloody weapons that come along with it. Four smiths are tasked with making a knife out of the gruesome guillotine, which beheaded thousands during the French Revolution. The two bladesmiths that survive the testing with their necks intact then have to return home to recreate an even more ghoulish weapon of death - the Executioner's Sword.
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.