People addicted to Weaponry may have come across the series called “Forged In Fire” on History TV, where Bladesmiths worldwide forge their ordinary weapons into the most powerful and extraordinary weapons with the help of which they win the tournament. Sounds Fascinating. Isn’t it?
Back then, in 2018, when I was haphazardly changing television channels, I came across this very show called Forged in Fire airing on History TV. I found it so fascinating and captivating that there isn’t one day I miss the show. This is something that I explored accidentally, and now it has been added to my routine.
Not only does it show the competition among four people, but it also gives us some educational, historical, and scientific knowledge of different materials, bladesmiths, and their weapons. Moreover, for those new to the world of weapon making and Weaponry, the show stands out in all aspects.
The show was initially released on June 22, 2015, and has completed eight seasons with 175 episodes. The American Competition is directed by the duo Alfonso Trinidad and Michael Pearlman. With 92% of viewers inclined towards the show, it received an IMDB rating of 8.3/10.
There was news indicating the influence of this show on individuals. For example, there was a man in the city of Cohoes, New York, who got inspired to forge a metal over a fire near the barrel of the house. The fire caused colossal devastation, destroying three residential buildings and damaging 28 buildings.
What Happens in the Show?
The show is set in a place named “The Forge,” where we can easily navigate all the required materials for forging a weapon, such as Power Hammers, Coal Forges, Grinders, Propane Forges, Hydraulic Presses, etc. The show is guarded by professional medical personnel equipped with all the necessary medications and instruments to treat the patients in any emergencies.
The entire show is divided into four rounds; at the end of every game, the weapon judged as the least durable and practical, the weapon’s master will withdraw and leave the tournament. In every episode, the blacksmiths are provided with the required amount of steel to forge their weapons. The Blade Smiths are given 190 minutes in total to design and develop their weapon. After the time ends, the judges will examine the weapon based on their crafting, durability, quality, design. After evaluating, the judges announce the result.
The bladesmiths are given another 180 minutes to present the fully furnished and carved weapon in the next round. In this round, they have to attach a handle of suitable material to the weapon. Then, they must adjust and make specific changes in the weapon, as pointed out by the judges in the first round. After completing the time, the bladesmiths have to pass an exam where the judges will see the durability, sharpness, and hassle-free use of the weapon. The exam includes three stages: chop, slash and stab. There are materials such as ice, animal bones, carcass, ropes, animal flesh, etc. The one who disqualifies or didn’t pass the benchmark gets eliminated.
Last and the deciding round, where the remaining two bladesmiths are asked to return to their respective homes and forge another weapon, a historically significant weapon which is shown to them. They are given five days to develop the weapon. At the end of the 5th day, the smiths return to “The Forge” and share their blades for testing. The one who wins the tournament receives a lump sum of $10,000 and the title of “Forged in Fire Champion.”
Who is there in the Judging Panel?
Forged in Fire series was Hosted by Wil Wills. Wil hosted for seven seasons from Season 1-Season 7. Currently, the show is sponsored by Grady Powell. J.Neilson judged the performance throughout the eight seasons. Jason Knight joined the judging panel for only two seasons which are Season 3 and Season 4. Afterward, Ben Abbott joined the board of judges from Season 4. Apart from the judges, we also have experts in weaponry, History, and Durability, are David Baker and Doug Marcaida.
Forged in Fire Special Editions
Out of the 175 episodes, viewers marked a few episodes as remarkable, extraordinary, and unique. So let’s talk about those episodes.
The most special episode came in Season 4, called the “Master and Apprentice,” where each smith has to work in pairs with his apprentice. In this episode, the first round time was extended to 210 minutes instead of 190 minutes.
The second most special episode was the “Ultimate Champions Edition,” which also aired in Season 4. The most remarkable one came in Season 5, the “Rookies Edition,” There were five smiths instead of four in this edition.
There was a tournament conducted on October 3, 2018, called the ” Invitational Tournament.” In this tournament, four smiths possessed different qualities such as armorer, metal worker, blacksmiths, and farrier. The winner Dave Parthemore Walked away with a cash prize of $50,000.
A similar tournament was conducted, which emphasized the branches of the US Armed Services that are the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Again, four smiths from different departments competed against each other.
Other episodes such as Forged in Fire: Cutting Deeper and Forged in Fire: Meet the Judges remain the most popular episodes to date.
When will Forged in Fire Season 9 be Released?
Currently, Season 8 is ongoing, and there’s no news when it will end. Season 8 was released on November 18, 2020.
There’s as such no news regarding the commencement of Season 9. However, if we go by the viewers’ demand, it’s one hundred percent sure that it will return. Moreover, we can’t give an affirmative date as regards the release of Season 9. If we consider Season 7, it came right after two weeks of Season 6, the fastest. If we also look towards the gap between Season 1 and Season 2, it was a 6-month long gap.
Considering the pandemic, Season 8 commenced three months after the end of Season 7; we can expect Season 9 of Forged in Fire to drop by the last quarter of 2021or the First Quarter of 2022.
Expected Changes in the Show
The most desirable fact of the show is it has remained consistent throughout, apart from some minor alterations like replacing Wil Wills with Grady Powell for hosting duties and the judging panel. The Judging Panel remains unchanged with J. Neilson, Ben Abbott, David Baker, and Doug Marcaida. Considering the hosting duties in Season 9, Grady Powell will continue to play his part.
Until then, forge your weapon, learn some weaponry, research some historical significance, explore some educational stuff and watch the Forged in Fire Season 8. Make sure you stay safe while forging.
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