Four seasons in, this television show airs on the History Channel. Four blade smiths compete in making a variety of blades in challenging circumstances. At the end, the two smiths left compete for the championship by forging a historic weapon.
I am in love with this show for a few reasons
- I love blades. A lot of people see blades as merely decorative. Each of the weapons produced during this show are tested. These blades are made to take a beating and continue cutting.
- I am learning about forging techniques. Watch a season or two of this series and you will be yelling at the television. Statements like “That blade isn’t hot enough to hammer” “Don’t quench in water!!!” “That is going to break”
- All the historic blades are awe-inspiring. Can you imagine how smiths of the past made these weapons? These competitors have all the current power machines at their disposal, yet it is still a challenge to recreate the historic weapons.