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Forged in Fire

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2015X-RayTV-PG
The best bladed weapon-makers in the country go head-to-head.
Starring
Wil WillisJ. NeilsonDavid Lain Baker
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Japanese Katana
    June 21 2015
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In this explosive new series, four bladesmiths will compete for $10,000 and the title of Forged in Fire champion. Across three grueling rounds, competitors forge deadly edged-weapons of war.
  2. 2. Chakram
    June 28 2015
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Four bladesmiths must forge a weapon using only reclaimed metal. The finalists head to their home forges to make an ancient Indian Chakram.
  3. 3. Viking Battle Axe
    July 5 2015
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The bladesmiths must transform a steel train spring into a weapon of their choosing. Only two competitors will move on and are given just five days to forge a legendary Viking Battle Axe.
  4. 4. Katar
    July 12 2015
    41min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The competitors create their signature blade by using the Hada technique--a traditional process that involves forging multiple layers of steel together.
  5. 5. Crusader Sword
    July 19 2015
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The bladesmiths struggle to create a special Japanese hardening technique on their signature blades.
  6. 6. The Elizabethan Rapier
    July 26 2015
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Two finalists head to their home forges to make one of history's most notorious weapons, the rapier.
  7. 7. The Roman Gladius
    August 2 2015
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Four bladesmiths must transform a steel ball bearing into a fully functional weapon.
  8. 8. The Moro Kris
    August 9 2015
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Only two competitors are given five days to forge the mystical Moro Kris Sword--a distinctive blade that dates all the way back to 300 BC.

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Directors
Michael Pearlman
Supporting actors
Doug Marcaida
Producers
n/a
Season year
2015
Network
History
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Format
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3.9 out of 5 stars

40 global ratings

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Christopher GukeisenReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
An interesting take on an age old practice of making things by hand and for a purpose.
Actual craftsman being put to a test to see if their skills match up to others. No fake drama, no over blown personas, just a simple competition.
18 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great show
One of the best shows ever. A mans competition making beautiful and deadly things to be tested hard and a winner anointed. That perfect mix of competition, cooperation, educational, and fun.
12 people found this helpful
James TReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Creation
I like to watch people create things. Even if FIF isn't 100% organic, which no TV show ever is, the process is enjoyable.

To the critic, I don't know how it could be more obvious 1. The intent is not perfect ironwork. It never was. Even when the contestant has days for forging, the competition is still self-centered, showcasing what skills the person has and " how much can I accomplish successfully in X amount of time". 2. If the show comes across as a little corny then that is okay. Part of Doug Marcaida's job is to lighten things up with his attitude. The other part is the excitement of properly using a tool for what it is meant for.
2 people found this helpful
YukiReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Just for passing time!
Some decisions of the Judges for few final rounds are ridiculous dumb base on their point of view!
"It will kill' repeat from the judge is also retarded! Any expert martial artists can kill anyone with anything hold on their hand (can also kill anyone with their bare hand without weapons).
5 people found this helpful
JonahReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Competition Show
Ive been watching this show for years and love every episode. 4 blacksmiths race the clock to complete the best knife they can, with one being eliminated after each stage. Over the years, the judges come up with new and interesting ways to challenge the smiths. They must harvest steel from junk, complete a certain Damascus pattern, use specific forging techniques or create a specific blade of the judges choice. After the second and third rounds, the finished blades get tested and not all survive the BRUTAL testing.
3 people found this helpful
Matt JacksReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyed it but...
There isn't enough technical or historic information. Call me a nerd but I like some learning with my entertainment and this is a but "dumb-downed" so far. The last blade (forget the name of it) said in the history intro it was a stabbing blade but when they went to do the test they said was a chopping blade which ruined the chances for one of the blade-makers. Will watch more seasons though!
6 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not realistic at all
If you have any kind of ironworking background you will be laughing within the first 10 minutes. 3 hours to forge anything is going to make an inferior product in almost every way...that is just a fact. they should call this show grinder wars, because thats basically all it is
7 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Very cringeworthy.
Those ridiculous time limits do nothing to showcase the makers skill, all it does it make them rush out some poor quality garbage. Then you get to watch Doug prove why he shouldn't be a judge! Even slicing tomatoes, he can't make a straight cut. Over and over, he tests a weapon and cites it's failing when the issue is that he can't swing straight. The swords don't bend when the edge hits, they bend when the sides hit, so every time he bends a sword, that's entirely on his inability to properly wield them. There are countless actual blade weapon experts out there pointing out how the weapons aren't failing, the judge is. In addition, using a low flash point oil makes for a fiery quenching, which is why no real bladesmiths would ever use it.
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