The History channel ordered an initial eight episodes of the series [1] with the first program premiering on Monday, June 22, 2015, at 10pm ET. The smiths are given 10 minutes to sketch out their designs, followed by three hours to forge the blades; they are not required to adhere to their original designs. Wil Willis, the original host, is a former Army Ranger (Third Ranger Battalion) and decorated Air Force para-rescue specialist. The series has a host (formerly Wil Willis for the first seven seasons, currently hosted by Grady Powell) and a three-judge panel consisting of J. Neilson (Jason Knight during portions of season 3 and 4; Ben Abbott during portions of season 4th, 5th, 6th and remaining in the 7th season), David Baker, and Doug Marcaida, experts in weapon making, history and use. Entitled Champions Edition, the episode … His Damascus chopper withstood a series of durability tests from the judges, helping him punch his ticket to the final round, where only two bladesmiths remained. They’re listed below according to the season and episode number of their appearance. Jason Knight, another ABS Master Smith, filled Neilson's seat on the judges' panel during his medical absence in Season 3. During the 2019 season, Forged in Fire aired "enhanced" episodes called Forged in Fire: Cutting Deeper, which featured bonus scenes of older episodes with expert tips and techniques from the judges like Dave Baker explaining what happened to each blade during the weapon tests. In particular The Mutant double-edged carcass splitter that was my reaction to seeing the first episode … On each episode, three previous Forged in Fire champions return to compete for an opportunity to face one judge (Neilson, Baker, or Abbott) and win another $10,000. [3], Doug Marcaida, an edged-weapons specialist, is a U.S. military contractor, martial arts instructor and knife designer for FOX Knives Italy. "It's awesome, man. Four smiths must salvage steel from Santa's sleigh to forge signature blades. "They got bits and pieces of the song. Local bladesmith Wayne Meligan put Pensacola on the map Wednesday by winning the $10,000 grand prize as the last bladesmith standing on the latest episode of "Forged in Fire" on the … The 34-year-old former West Florida Hospital nurse passed each phase of the reality TV show competition with flying colors, toppling three other world class bladesmiths in earning the victory. Travis Wuertz built his own piece of awesomeness. On April 17, 2018, a spin-off series titled Forged in Fire: Knife or Death premiered on History. EP36: Hammering Helves. In the second round, after one competitor had been dismissed, Meligan impressed judges a second time by successfully making a handle for his Damascus blade with a mosaic pin and lanyard hole built into it. Five champions from previous episodes were invited to compete again. A guide listing the titles AND air dates for episodes of the TV series Forged in Fire. Meligan's energetic personality shined throughout the episode. "Your falchion is beautiful," Marcaida said on the show. Overall, sir, it will kill.". These four contestants from previous seasons, each chosen by one of the four judges, were invited to compete again. For the second round, the three remaining smiths are given an additional three hours to turn their blades into fully operational weapons. Swamp People: Serpent Invasion 7 Episodes. Forged In Fire: Ben’s first mounted a challenge for the title in the ninth episode of the second season of Forged In Fire. One smith was eliminated based on the results of this test, after which the competition proceeded through the normal three rounds. Alone 26 Episodes. Powell's previous television experience includes two seasons starring on Dual Survival on The Discovery Channel.[7]. Wayne Meligan. This episode featured contestants eliminated from previous episodes returning for a chance at redemption. Some episodes have incorporated modifications to the rules, as follows: The "Master & Apprentice" episode in Season 4 featured four master/apprentice pairs of smiths. The set, referred to as "The Forge," is stocked with a wide range of metalworking equipment, including propane forges, coal forges, grinders, power hammers and hydraulic presses. This series is hosted by Bill Goldberg and co-hosted by Tu Lam, a martial arts expert and retired member of the Green Berets. Four custom knife makers compete to make the best usable knife through a series of challenges. Shortening of the working time from five days to four in the third round. Raymond Smith was eliminated based on the results of a preliminary test performed on blades that they forged ahead of time. The judges put Meligan's falchion through the gauntlet in a couple of other tests and determined he had forged a better product than his competitor. Champions, we're going to find out if you have the drive, the skill, and determination to Beat the Judges. had a big cleaver built by Wayne Meligan, who had competed on Season 1. If he wasn't playing air guitar during breaks in the forging process, he was playing an actual guitar during the latter half of the episode. His original catchphrase was to declare of a worthy weapon: "It will kill." In some episodes, they all begin with the same material; in others, they may choose from an assortment of metal objects or must salvage their material from a source such as a junked car or lawnmower. Four smiths with a particular specialty (farrier, armorer, blacksmith, metalworker) competed in each preliminary heat, with the winners advancing to the finale for a $50,000 prize. Any smiths who fail to meet the criteria, or who fail to turn in a blade at all, are subject to immediate elimination. Abbott would replace Neilson in some episodes during the fifth and sixth seasons. (You can also use the search button … In each episode, four bladesmiths compete in a three-round elimination contest to forge bladed weapons, with the overall winner receiving $10,000 and the show's championship title "Forged in Fire Champion". The winner received an additional $10,000 and the title "Champion of Champions". That's pretty good money even when you … Every week on Forged in Fire, four bladesmiths accept the challenge of making whatever weapon the show chooses, and the winner receives $10,000. [1][6] Jodi Flynn, Brent Montgomery, David George, Shawn Witt and Simon Thomas are executive producers for Outpost Entertainment. Travis Wuertz built his own piece of awesomeness. He's too busy basking in his $10,000 victory and the invaluable exposure that came with chopping down the competition in Wednesday's episode, which was No. The other judges then test the weapons and choose the $10,000 winner. Ben Abbott, a two-time Forged in Fire champion, debuted as a judge starting with the 21st episode of the fourth season. "It is sharp, it cut through the spine and all the way through the pig. He built his first ever blade and bagged the first position. In "Long Road to Redemption Part 2", four remaining blacksmiths compete and at last, the two finalists choose which swords they will make at their home forges. ", Meligan's unique transition:Pensacola nurse-turned-bladesmith to compete on History Channel's 'Forged in Fire' next week. Dave Parthemore of Connecticut won. The seventh season premiered on October 9, 2019 and expanded into May 6, 2020. This episode followed the same structure as the "Ultimate Champions Edition" in Season 4, with five smiths who were inspired to take up the craft after watching the show. He has over 20 years' experience in making knives and edged weapons. He caused a fire that destroyed three residential buildings and damaged 28 others.[9]. Bill Goldberg, the wrestler. In the third round (level 3), the last remaining smith and the competing judge are given eight hours to create a fully functional example of a particular weapon type in the Forge, including handle fitting and grinding/sharpening/polishing. … Afterwards, they return to the Forge and submit their weapons for testing against objects and environments similar to the historical scenarios in which they were typically used. Tu was interested in having me build him a blade for him. Ison had three hours to make a perfect knife. Forged in Fire Christmas New (Season 8, Episode 7) HIST. Local bladesmith Wayne Meligan put Pensacola on the map Wednesday by winning the $10,000 grand prize as the last bladesmith standing on the latest episode of "Forged in Fire" on the History Channel. He also designs "the most dangerous knives in the world", owns, and sells his own line of knives. J. Neilson, a knife and sword expert,[1] holds the rank of Master Smith within the American Bladesmith Society. All episodes. [3], In the city of Cohoes, New York near Albany, a man, inspired by the series, tried to forge a piece of metal over a fire in a barrel near his home. For the 100th episode, four bladesmiths are tasked with forging a chopper and must choose from a mammoth pile of metals and materials from all previous 99 episodes; the two finalists head home to re-create the O-Katana. The sixth season premiered on February 6, 2019. Only one member of each pair was allowed to work at any time, trading off every 30 minutes in the first two rounds, and every day in the third. The second round (level 2) follows the same format as the third round in a typical Forged in Fire episode, but the two remaining smiths are given only three days to forge an example of the featured weapon at their home forges. "It's really going to help my transition from nursing into bladesmithing.". However, to keep the show family-friendly, he replaced the word "kill" with his own self-created acronym "KEAL" -- "Keep Everyone ALive" -- which he currently uses in the phrase every bladesmith finalist wants to hear: "It will KEAL".[3]. [4] The third season premiered with a "Champion of Champions" match on August 23, 2016, and was announced as having 16 episodes. Wearing a blue blazer over his trademark black T-shirt, Meligan looked on as the "Forged" judges put his falchion's functionality and durability to the test. If one weapon suffers catastrophic failure, defined as damage that renders it unsafe or ineffective for further testing, its maker is immediately disqualified. The non-working member was allowed to offer advice. "Forged in Fire" features world-class bladesmiths competing against each other to create some of history's most iconic edged weapons. It's a positive light on Florida, man.". On June 3, 2020, another spin-off series titled Forged in Fire: Beat the Judges premiered on History, hosted by Willis. [2][3] Season two premiered on February 16, 2016 and increased to 10 episodes. Neilson appeared alongside Knight for the Season 4 premiere; Neilson resumed his seat in the eighth episode. By his own admission, "they didn't hire me for my comic timing." In one of the demonstrations, show judge and Kali martial artist Doug Marcaida took Meligan and his fellow finalists' falchions and swung them through the body of a hanging hog carcass. "Usually the episode airs and they see how the ratings and what not go" Meligan said. But yeah, the last day after I built the falchion I was like, 'Let's do a music video.'". [1][3][6] Willis' previous television experience includes Special Ops Mission and Triggers, two series that aired on the former Military Channel. On Forged in Fire, that role is occupied by J. Neilson. 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In each episode, four bladesmiths compete in a three-round elimination contest to forge bladed weapons, with the overall winner receiving $10,000 and the show's championship title "Forged in Fire … Seven non-winners from seasons 4 and 5 competed over two episodes for $20,000. They return to their home forges to do the work and must comply with any specifications set by the host. They must also grind, sharpen, and polish the blades, and may address any flaws or issues pointed out by the judges in the first round, if they choose to do so. Forged in Fire The show features world-class bladesmiths competing against each other to create some of the most iconic edged weapons from history. On October 3, 2018, a five-week Invitational Tournament premiered, consisting of four preliminary heats and a finale. Beyond Oak Island 3 Episodes. Specializing in the Southeast Asian fighting style of Kali, he has taught classes in weapon awareness and use for military, law enforcement, and security organizations. If you have a digital cable subscription that carries the History Channel, you can watch the episode here. Forged in Fire features world-class bladesmiths competing against each other to create some of the most iconic edged weapons from history. If I made an impression on the viewers and they hear stuff like, 'We really like that pirate dude, we want to see him again,' then there's always a chance. In a typical episode, the four smiths are presented with a starting material that they must use in the first round to forge a blade in a style of their choosing. History's Greatest Mysteries 2 Episodes. Our arena. I'm sure some of y'all have seen the new open cutting competition show on the History Channel, "Knife or Death". [5] The fourth season premiered on April 11, 2017, with a "Judges' Pick" episode in which the four judges (Neilson, Knight, Baker, Marcaida) each selected one smith from past seasons to compete again. Meligan's episode of "Forged in Fire" airs Wednesday, August 14 at 8 p.m. on History, formerly known as The History Channel. Meligan's blade ripped through the hog seamlessly. Bill Goldberg, the wrestler. Meligan was filmed strumming and singing a song he wrote about a falchion blade, which is the Medieval-era sword he was tasked with making in the show's final round. Omission of the requirement to attach a handle in the second round. This page is to Highlight the contestants that appeared on the History channels series “Forged in Fire” my hope is to bring together a small sampling of their true work and show just what each contestant is … During a period when he was recovering from an injury and could not test weapons himself, Marcaida had his younger brother, R.J., or one of his Kali students perform the task in his place. "'Florida man wins 'Forged in Fire.' Watch a Pensacola bladesmith in action, then watch him on 'Forged in Fire'. [8] Marcaida evaluates the smiths' weapons to determine their effectiveness in combat with his famous "KEAL" tests. Opening Introduction: Dave Baker: "We've seen the best bladesmiths battle it out to earn the title of Forged in Fire champion. Tu was interested in having me build him a blade for him. Healy says that the inspiration for Forged in Fire came from his and other developers' love of food competition shows such as Chopped and Iron Chef. Four master/apprentice pairs competed in this episode. While I haven't gotten to compete o Season 6, Episode 29 September 18, 2019 In this special kung fu competition, four bladesmiths square off in the Forged in Fire dojo where they must make a matching set of three kunai throwing knives. Wayne Meligan didn’t know why knifemaking came so easily to him, he just knew it did. The host states one set of criteria concerning blade or blade/tang length, and often a second set for a feature that must be incorporated, such as serrations or a fuller groove. Meet the cast of Forged in Fire on HISTORY. [2][6] He judges the weapons' historical accuracy and aesthetic beauty. Jake Newby can be reached at [email protected] or 850-435-8538. In a Forged in Fire … Forged in Fire 41 Episodes. The eighth season premiered on November 18, 2020. Get season by season character and cast bios and more only on HISTORY. 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