Forged in Fire (TV series)

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Forged in Fire
Forged in Fire.jpg
Directed byAlfonso Trinidad
Michael Pearlman
Presented byWil Willis
JudgesJ. Neilson
David Baker
Doug Marcaida
Jason Knight (seasons 3–4)
Ben Abbott (seasons 4–present)
Composer(s)Justin Crosby
Kevin Bluhum
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes141
Executive producer(s)Jodi Flynn
Sean Moran
Paul Hogan
Daniel McKenna
Brittany Winsick
Producer(s)Mark Montgomery
Sam Rubin
Eric Mathis
Production location(s)Brooklyn, New York
CinematographyJacob Goodwin
Editor(s)John Como
Michael Brown
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Outpost Entertainment
DistributorA&E Television Networks
Original networkHistory
Original releaseJune 22, 2015 (2015-06-22) –
Related showsForged in Fire: Knife or Death (spin-off series)
External links

Forged in Fire is an American competition series that airs on the History channel, and is produced by Outpost Entertainment, a Leftfield Entertainment company.

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 day's championship title. The series is hosted by Wil Willis, with a three-judge panel consisting of J. Neilson (Jason Knight during portions of season 3 and 4; Ben Abbott during portions of season 4), David Baker, and Doug Marcaida, experts in weapon history and use. History ordered an initial eight episodes of the series [1] with the first program premiering on Monday, June 22, 2015, at 10pm ET.[2][3]

Season two premiered on February 16, 2016 and increased to 10 episodes.[4] The third season premiered with a "Champion of Champions" match on August 23, 2016, and was announced as having 16 episodes.[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. The fifth season premiered on March 7, 2018. The sixth season premiered on February 6, 2019.

On April 17, 2018, a spin-off series titled Forged in Fire: Knife or Death premiered on History. This series is hosted by Bill Goldberg and co-hosted by Tu Lam, a martial arts expert and retired member of the Green Berets.


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. Medical personnel are present to treat any injuries or other health problems and may, at their discretion, disqualify smiths who are unable to continue safely. At the end of each round, the smith whose weapon is judged to be the least satisfactory must surrender it and leave the competition.

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. 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. Willis 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. 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. Once time expires, the judges evaluate the blades based on Willis' criteria and inspect their workmanship, quality, and design, then deliberate privately before announcing their decision. Any smiths who fail to meet the criteria, or who fail to turn in a blade at all, are subject to immediate elimination.

For the second round, the three remaining smiths are given an additional three hours to turn their blades into fully operational weapons. They must attach a handle, choosing from a range of provided materials, and incorporate any additional special features stated by Willis. 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. After the time expires, the judges put each weapon through a series of tests to gauge properties such as sharpness, durability, and ease of use. For these tests, the weapons are used to chop/slash/stab objects that include ropes, ice blocks, animal carcasses, and steel car doors. If one weapon suffers catastrophic failure, defined as damage that renders it unsafe or ineffective for further testing, its maker is immediately disqualified. In the case of catastrophic failure by multiple weapons, the worst performer is eliminated. The judges may, at their discretion, choose not to subject a weapon to a particular test if it is sufficiently cracked or flawed.

In the third round, the two remaining smiths are shown a historically significant (and technically difficult) weapon and are given five days to create a version of it. They return to their home forges to do the work and must comply with any specifications set by Willis. 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. Based on the test results, the judges select one smith to receive the $10,000 prize.

Rule changes[edit]

Some episodes have incorporated modifications to the rules, as follows:

  • Extension or omission of the 10-minute design period in the first round.
  • Omission of a required special feature in the first round.
  • Extension or shortening of the three-hour forging time in the first and/or second rounds, depending on the difficulty level of the blade design and any special features.
  • Requiring the smiths to forge a blade of a specific style in the first round.
  • Omission of the requirement to attach a handle in the second round.
  • Shortening of the working time from five days to four in the third round.

Special episodes[edit]

The "Master & Apprentice" episode in Season 4 featured four master/apprentice pairs of smiths. 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 non-working member was allowed to offer advice. For this episode, the forging time in the first round was extended to three and a half hours.

The "Ultimate Champions Edition" (season 4) and "Rookies Edition" (season 5) each featured five smiths instead of four. The smiths were required to forge a particular type of blade at their homes and bring those weapons to the studio for a preliminary test. One smith was eliminated based on the results of this test, after which the competition proceeded through the normal three rounds.

On October 3, 2018, a five-week Invitational Tournament premiered, consisting of four preliminary heats and a finale. 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. Dave Parthemore of Connecticut won. A similar "Battle of the Branches" tournament began on May 8, 2019, with four smiths from a different branch of the United States armed services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines) competing in each preliminary heat.

Cast, judges, and producers[edit]

Wil Willis is a former Army Ranger and decorated Air Force para-rescue specialist.[1][3][6] Willis' previous television experience includes Special Ops Mission and Triggers, two series that aired on the former Military Channel.[2]

J. Neilson, a knife and sword expert,[1] holds the rank of Master Smith within the American Bladesmith Society. He has over 20 years' experience in making knives and edged weapons.[2][6] He examines the weapons' technical qualities and tests their durability.[3] In Season 3, Neilson took a leave of absence in order to have surgery on his hand; Jason Knight, another ABS Master Smith, filled his seat on the judges' panel during that time. Neilson appeared alongside Knight for the Season 4 premiere, then resumed his seat in the eighth episode. Starting with the 21st episode of the fourth season, two-time Forged in Fire champion Ben Abbott would replace him in some episodes.

David Baker, a Hollywood prop maker who has appeared on the Spike series Deadliest Warrior,[3] is an authority on weapons history[1] and an expert on replicating period-accurate weapons for both museums and films.[2][6] He judges the weapons' historical accuracy and aesthetic beauty.[3]

Doug Marcaida, an edged-weapons specialist, is a U.S. military contractor, martial arts instructor and knife designer for FOX Knives Italy. 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. Marcaida evaluates the smiths' weapons to determine their effectiveness in combat.[3] When he cannot test the smiths' weapons himself due to injury, he has a co-worker or family member perform this task in his place.

Tim Healy and Steve Ascher are executive producers for History.[1][6] Jodi Flynn, Brent Montgomery, David George, Shawn Witt and Simon Thomas are executive producers for Outpost Entertainment.[1][6] Healy observed the demonstration, and later the filming, from the sidelines. 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.[3] However, in order to appeal to the History channel's audience, they decided to have the competition focus on historical weaponry.[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. He caused a fire that destroyed three residential buildings and damaged 28 others.[7]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast airedNetwork
18June 22, 2015 (2015-06-22)August 10, 2015 (2015-08-10)HistoryTBA7.6[8]
210February 16, 2016 (2016-02-16)April 19, 2016 (2016-04-19)TBA7.6[8]
316August 23, 2016 (2016-08-23)February 14, 2017 (2017-02-14)TBA8.0[8]
423April 11, 2017 (2017-04-11)October 31, 2017 (2017-10-31)TBA8.1[8]
540March 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)December 19, 2018 (2018-12-19)TBA7.9[8]
630February 6, 2019 (2019-02-06)September 25, 2019 (2019-09-25)TBA8.7[8]
731October 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)May 6, 2020 (2020-05-06)TBATBA


Season 1 (2015)[edit]

Ep Airdate Title Final weapon Results
1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
1 Jun 22, 2015 "Japanese Katana" Katana Matthew Parkinson Rich Greenwood Billy Helton Joe Waites
2 Jun 29, 2015 "Chakram" Chakram Chris Farrell Trenton Tye Grant Marcoux Chad Harding
3 Jul 3, 2015 "Viking Battle Axe" Viking battle axe Ryu Lim Jonathan Porter Phil Evans James Huse
4 Jul 13, 2015 "Katar" Katar David Goldberg Jaime L. Vining Jimmy Seymour Arnon Andrey Kartmazov
5 Jul 20, 2015 "Crusader Sword" Crusader sword Peter Swarz-Burt David Roeder Matt Venier Gabriel Bell
6 Jul 27, 2015 "The Elizabethan Rapier" Elizabethan rapier Guy Harris Peter Martin Peter 'Cowboy' Szymanski JD Smith
7 Aug 3, 2015 "The Roman Gladius" Roman gladius Jamie Lundell Mareko Maumasi Maxon McCarter Adam Ison
8 Aug 10, 2015 "The Moro Kris" Moro kris Mace Vitale Murray Carter Ray Kirk Jason Morrissey

Season 2 (2016)[edit]

Ep Airdate Title Final weapon Results
1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
1 Feb 16, 2016 "The War Hammer" War hammer Craig Camerer Jeff Bridgers Kim Stahl Harry Harkins
2 Feb 20, 2016 "Khopesh" Khopesh Salem Straub Craig Trnka Chris Marks Zack Jonas
3 Mar 1, 2016 "The Scottish Claymore" Scottish claymore Scott Thomas Jonathan Wick Erin Simmons Earl Blackmore
4 Mar 8, 2016 "Spiked Shield" Spiked shield Ilya Alekseyev Michael Coffey Tim Hintsala John Gruber
5 Mar 15, 2016 "Viking Sword" Viking sword Travis Wuertz Morgan Medlen Tom Ward Mardi Meshejian
6 Mar 22, 2016 "Nepalese Kukri" Nepalese kukri Jason Redick Josh Weston Kelly Potter Jason Ritchie
7 Mar 29, 2016 "The Shotel" Shotel Burt Foster Chad Osborne Kevin Klein Erin Aylor
8 Apr 5, 2016 "The Cutlass" Cutlass Tobin Nieto Ron Mezile Bob Brandel Kyle Gahagan
9 Apr 12, 2016 "The Khanda" Khanda Ben Abbott Tom McGinnis Brent Stubblefield Nathan Zimmerman
10 Apr 19, 2016 "The Tabar" Tabar Ted Thompson Rob "Deker" Dekelbaum Robert Burns Edward Kim

Season 3 (2016–17)[edit]

Ep Airdate Title Final weapon Results
1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
1 Aug 23, 2016 "Champions Edition"[a] Scottish claymore Ben Abbott Matthew Parkinson Salem Straub Burt Foster
2 Aug 20, 2016 "Fan Favorites"[b] Hook sword David Roeder Rich Greenwood Kelly Potter Ryu Lim
3 Sep 6, 2016 "Butterfly Swords" Butterfly sword Shayne Carter Andy Alm Harry Burdett Michael Allenson
(né Hoopes)
4 Sep 13, 2016 "The Falcata" Falcata Kelly Vermeer-Vella Justin Jones Will Bagley Frank Christensen
5 Sep 20, 2016 "Kora Sword" Kora sword Liam Hoffman Josh Smith Paul Happy Robby Bowman
6 Sep 27, 2016 "Hunga Munga" Hunga munga Jared Williams Eric Anthony Leong Ryan Lewis Harlan Whitman
7 Oct 4, 2016 "The Boar Spear" Boar spear Allen Newberry Clayton Cowart Mike Shindel Chase Wilder
8 Oct 11, 2016 "Xiphos Sword" Xiphos sword Keith Hill Jon Maynard Sam Rutherford Riley Butz
9 Oct 18, 2016 "The Pandat" Pandat Pete Winkler Jo Smith Brandon Brink April Franklin
10 Oct 25, 2016 "Zulu Iklwa" Zulu iklwa Matthew Moline Lyle Wynn Scott Mcreynolds Clarence Jackson
11 Jan 10, 2017 "Champions Edition"[a] Pata Travis Wuertz Shayne Carter Peter Swarz-Burt Scott Thomas
12 Jan 17, 2017 "The Zweihänder" Zweihänder Jay Replogle Stephan Fowler Harry Black Emiliano Carrillo
13 Jan 24, 2017 "Cavalry Saber" Cavalry saber David Mooneyham Todd Bitler Jason Glenn Howell Nic Hanlon
14 Jan 31, 2017 "The Naginata" Naginata Theo Nazz Joe Collett Walter Sorrells Erich Ouellette
15 Feb 7, 2017 "The Haladie" Haladie Raymond Smith Stephen Williamson Jason Kraus Adlai Stein
16 Feb 14, 2017 "Redemption"[c] Viking sword Gabriel Bell Clarence Jackson JD Smith Brandon Brink

Season 4 (2017)[edit]

Ep Airdate Title Final weapon Results
1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
1 Apr 11, 2017 "Judges' Pick"[d] Ida Mareko Maumasi Josh Smith David Goldberg Erin Simmons
2 Apr 11, 2017 "Deer Horn Knives" Deer horn knives Nicholas Marcelja Steve Godfrey Dustin Rhodes Thor Laizans
3 Apr 18, 2017 "The Katzbalger" Katzbalger James Helm Paul Walsh Rashelle Hams Jesse Hauer[e]
4 Apr 25, 2017 "Makraka" Azande Makraka Craig Barr Paul Brown Brian Dimmock Mark Nevling
5 May 2, 2017 "Fan's Choice"[b] Panabas Josh Weston Ray Kirk Robby Bowman Chad Osborne
6 May 9, 2017 "Akrafena" Akrafena Page Steinhardt Brock Martin Larry Clements Terry Mitchell
7 May 16, 2017 "Talwar" Talwar Jordan LaMothe David McConnell Rick Fenlon Carl Oliver
8 May 23, 2017 "The Cinquedea" Cinquedea Neil Kamimura Dan Hurtado Storm Richardson Demetrios Papatriantafyllou
9 Jun 6, 2017 "The Charay" Afridi Charay Steve Grosvenor Ryan Rowe Mark Green Tyler Mandgie
10 Jun 13, 2017 "Redemption"[c] Swordbreaker James Huse Erich Ouellette Earl Blackmore Morgan Medlen
11 Jul 11, 2017 "Master & Apprentice"[f] Nzappa zap Frank Allen Wren II
Nehemiah Brousseau
Jesse Rhodes
Zack Lewis
Robert Timberlake
Wesley Alberson
Joseph Szilaski
John Lewis
12 Jul 18, 2017 "Ngombe Ngulu" Ngombe Ngulu Steven Bryan Paul Brach Robert Putantsu Ryan Weeks
13 Jul 25, 2017 "The Shamshir" Shamshir Andrew Takach Tim Shoal Tom Kinder Chad Hollar
14 Aug 1, 2017 "The Kachin Dao" Kachin dao Shawn Ellis Rachel Oliver Buster Grubbs Chad Bozeman[e]
15 Aug 8, 2017 "The Gladiator Scissor" Gladiator scissor Don Halter Jason Henderson Alf Rudd Francesco Muci
16 Aug 22, 2017 "The Kampilan" Kampilan Michael Cross Todd Martin Jack Barber Leland Edward Stone
17 Aug 29, 2017 "The Kpinga" Kpinga Nate Summers Richard Epting Jim Poor John Rainey
18 Sep 12, 2017 "The Yatagan" Yatagan Gabe Mabry Dave Catoe Josh Fikentscher Randall W Turner
19 Oct 3, 2017 "International Championship" Spadroon JW Randall United States Julien Maniglier France Guillermo Mendoza Argentina Michal Sielicki Poland
20 Oct 10, 2017 "The Tabar-Shishpar" Tabar-shishpar Mark Steele Knapp Chris Price Holden Bystry Dan Rotblatt
21 Oct 17, 2017 "Ultimate Champions Edition"[g] T'ai chi sword Theo Nazz Neil Kamimura Kelly Vermeer-Vella Nicholas Marcelja (Round 1)
Raymond Smith (preliminary)
22 Oct 24, 2017 "Knights Templar" Crusader sword David Mirabile Brian Rognholt Josh Fenlon Richard Moore
23 Oct 31, 2017 "Viking Edition" Viking war axes Jeremiah Backhaus Chris Rowley Jeff Renner Joel Davis

Season 5 (2018)[edit]

Ep Airdate Title Final weapon Results
1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
0[h] Mar 7, 2018 "The Rhomphaia" Rhomphaia Billy Bob Sowell Dwight Phillips Mark Collard Steve Culver
1[9] Mar 13, 2018 "Rookies Edition"[i] War golok Brian Schmidt Matt Wagner Tyler Grant
  • Joey Lynn (Round 1)
  • Steve Johnson (preliminary)
2 Mar 20, 2018 "The Schiavona" Schiavona Jeff Wagenaar Brad McDougall Brendan McHugh Wes Whipple
3 Mar 27, 2018 "The Sica" Sica Tony Fetters Frank Sausto Corey Soper Gage Mason
4 Apr 3, 2018 "The Jumonji Yari" Jumonji yari Jacob Gayton Fuad Accawi Greg Sandstrom Kyle Kilroy
5 Apr 10, 2018 "The Kabyle Flyssa" Kabyle flyssa Collin Sage Daniel Casey Bob Hastings Jesse Adcock
6 Apr 17, 2018 "Ultimate Team Challenge" Chinese dao Mark J. Hopper
Jessica D. Collins
Joe Carlton
Casey Perdue
Raleigh Desiato
Kelly Gregory
Tyler Adkins
Leon Vanguard
7 Apr 24, 2018 "The Karabela" Karabela Ethan Kempf Liam Fuller Ron Gramza Evan Griffith
8 May 1, 2018 "The Zande Spear" Zande spear Drew Goodson Jason Nass Daniel James Reichow Larry Metcalf
9 May 8, 2018 "The Navaja" Navaja Matthew Christiano Wade Seiders Christoph Deringer Brandon Austin
10 May 15, 2018 "The German Halberd" German halberd Phillip Baldwin Johnathan Sibley Doran Doran Ben Swapp
11 May 22, 2018 "The Two-Handed Sword" Two-handed sword Jonathan Allen Ed Wilson Andy Walker Jordan Kataris
12 May 28, 2018 "Military History Tribute" Naval cutlass Jon Nagel Mike Miller Jim McGuinn Perry Johnson[e]
13 May 29, 2018 "Horseman's Axe" Horseman's axe J. Alex Ruiz Mike Bailey Andrew Woznak Bill van Heteran
14 Jun 5, 2018 "Lion Spear" Maasai lion spear John Grady Hippard Matt Berry Aaron Morrison JC Krusen
15 Jun 12, 2018 "Kelewang" Kelewang Tim Louk Hunter Johnson Alan Kirby Edward Lacie
16 Jun 19, 2018 "Bagh Nakh" Bagh nakh Chad Hatfield Josh Prince Aaron Trosky John Gulso
17 Jun 26, 2018 "Glaive Guisarme" Glaive guisarme Nick Santella Alex Eisenberg Brian Neville Dwight Neely[e]
18 Jul 3, 2018 "Pioneer Sword" Pioneer sword Mark Sperry Nicholas Downing Garrin Bucco John Dickinson
19 Jul 17, 2018 "Wind and Fire Wheels" Wind and fire wheels Rebel Rodriguez Chuck Cook Tony Miller Steve Lewis
20 Jul 24, 2018 "Smallsword" Smallsword Derek Melton Bob Andrews John Clark Atsatsa Antonio
21 Jul 31, 2018 "Celtic Anthropomorphic Sword" Celtic anthropomorphic sword Bill Behnke Chuck Fowler Cole Coffer Brett Onnink
22 Aug 7, 2018 "The Kilij" Kilij Connor J. Myers-Norton Brian Weaver Curtis Haaland Marc Setzer
23 Aug 14, 2018 "The Sawback Hunting Sword" Sawback hunting sword Trevor Rideout Devin Cornell Mike Camp Gordon 'Gordy' Knapp
24 Aug 21, 2018 "The Arming Sword" Arming sword John Stokes Drew Hash Duane Bennet Quentin Horton
25 Aug 28, 2018 "The Sengese" Sengese throwing knife Ashe Cravenock Levi Kring Geoff Keyes Jon Turner
26 Sep 4, 2018 "The Qinglong Ji" Qinglong ji Michael Kerley Jason Fry Rob Singleton Ryan Breuer
27 Sep 12, 2018 "Hollywood Edition" Hattori Hanzō katana Mike Deibert Trystan Nguyen Brian Bivens Douglas Loven
28 Sep 19, 2018 "The Steel Crossbow" Steel crossbow JD Hungerford John-Francis Ellis Jeffrey Hedgecock Michael Trinkman
29 Sep 26, 2018 "The Landsknecht Sword" Landsknecht sword Todd Andrews DJ Morgan Derick Roemer Sam Troxell
30 Oct 3, 2018 "Tournament Round 1 (Farriers)" Mortuary sword Kirk Adkins Riley Kirkpatrick Chris Shook Rae Lynn Vander Weide
31 Oct 10, 2018 "Tournament Round 2 (Armorers)" Hooded katar Nicholas Cochiolo Ryan Weaver Howard Noble Jacob Danker
32 Oct 17, 2018 "Tournament Round 3 (Blacksmiths)" Knightly pole axe Derick Kemper Karl Dunn Tony Roed Charlie Carpenter
33 Oct 24, 2018 "Tournament Round 4 (Modern Metalworkers)" Flamberge rapier Dave Parthemore Rick Rabjohn Rodger "Grizz" LaBrash Henry Massey
34 Oct 31, 2018 "Tournament Championship" Nodachi Dave Parthemore Nicholas Cochiolo Kirk Adkins Derick Kemper
35 Nov 7, 2018 "Slasher Edition" Grim reaper's scythe Brandon Williams Chase Register Tim Miller David Sowards-Emmerd
36 Nov 14, 2018 "Steel Takedown Bow" Steel takedown bow Tommy Matthews Michael Gould Dana Dupuis Herbert "Sindri" Robertson
37 Nov 21, 2018 "Bardiche" Bardiche John Wigger Michael Peterson Tim Troyer Ken Hall
38 Dec 12, 2018 "The Pipe Tomahawks" Pipe tomahawks Mike Rowley Cody Craig Rob Sine Buddy Thomas
39 Dec 19, 2018 "The Ring Hilted Sword" Ring hilted sword Shawn Shropshire Jason Brown Jody Lyddane Aaron Mclean

Season 6 (2019)[edit]

Ep Airdate Title Final weapon Results
1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
1 Feb 6, 2019 "Long Road to Redemption Part 1"[j] Rae Lynn Vander Weide
(S 5, Ep 31) 5th place
Marc Setzer
(S 5, Ep 23) 6th place
Zack Lewis
(S 4, Ep 11) 7th place
2 Feb 13, 2019 "Long Road to Redemption Part 2"[j] Jambiya Matt Berry
(S 5, Ep 14)
Aaron Morrison
(S 5, Ep 14)
Chris Price
(S 4, Ep 20)
David Sowards-Emmerd
(S 5, Ep 36)
3 Feb 20, 2019 "Washington's Colichemarde" Washington's colichemarde Josh Nicolaides Dan Bourlotos John Sims Andrew Smith
4 Feb 27, 2019 "The O-Katana" Ōkatana Mickey Thompson Cullen Erbacher Robert Guest Sam Hallett
5 Mar 6, 2019 "The Hussar Saber" Hussar saber Deke Parker Brian Evelich Bubba Cantrell Eric Radliff
6 Mar 13, 2019 "The Barbarian Sword" Barbarian sword Ethan Lee Michael Seronde Steve Humphrey Amy Weiks
7 Apr 17, 2019 "The Javanese Kris" Javanese Kris Steve Koster John Medelin Joe Nipper Brad Richardson
8 Apr 24, 2019 "General Yamashita's Guntō" General Yamashita's guntō Elijah Williams Richey Crew Austin Hensley Dan Linton
9 Apr 30, 2019 "The Greek Kopis" Kopis John Summerhill Mike Vannoy Daniel Luevano Curtis Shaw
10 May 8, 2019 "Branch Battle: Army" US Army Officer's Sword Tyler Hackbarth Fermin Lopez Jack Stottlemire Dave Frotton
11 May 8, 2019 "Branch Battle: Air Force" Air Force NCO Sword Mike Andriacco Matt Prentice Joe Stickel Daren Tolley
12 May 15, 2019 "Branch Battle: Marines" Marine Corps Officers Sword Gene "Giddyup" Hodges Tripp Gwin Garrett Elting Rick Johnson
13 May 15, 2019 "Branch Battle: Navy" Naval Officer's Sword Lee Crawford Jerad Clymer Elijah Waddle Tyler Northcutt
14 May 22, 2019 "Branch Battle: Finals"[k] George Washington's Lion-headed Cuttoe Tyler Hackbarth Gene Hodges Mike Andriacco Lee Crawford
15 May 29, 2019 "The Nagamaki" Nagamaki Braxton Cox Jake Sewell Kyle Reese Steve Wayne
16 Jun 5, 2019 "Atilla's Sword of Mars" Sword of Attila Randy Caston Dan Strang Chris VanGoethem Grover Clifton
17 Jun 12, 2019 "The Partizan" Partizan Philip Schrei John Norwood Matt Waters Ian Rutkosky
18 Jun 19, 2019 The "Messer Sword" Messer sword Jeff Peters John Thunert Tanner Hetke Jason Palmer
19 Jun 26, 2019 "The Ram-dao" Ram-dao Josh Navarrete Ben Spangler Kasey Kinkade Adam Jankowski
20 Jul 3, 2019 "The Foot Artillery Sword" Foot Artillery Sword John Phillips Tommy Rodriguez Chuck Stone Levi Arbogast
21 Jul 17, 2019 "The Astronaut Knife" Spiked Mace Jason Anderson Sam Farnworth Mark Campana Tom Garden
22 Jul 24, 2019 "The Lochaber Axe" Lochaber axe Joshua Frost Jesse Delveaux Jared Hobson Daniel Williams
23 Jul 31, 2019 "The Cane sword" Cane sword Doug Butts Ashley Shaw Cody Myers Chad Bowlin
24 Aug 7, 2019 The "Boar Sword" Boar Sword Jonathan Caruso Isaac Grunstra Justin Kirck Angel Medina Jimenez
25 Aug 14, 2019 "Falchion" Falchion Wayne Meligan Mark Hemley Aaron Meliza Jesse Hemphill
26 Aug 21, 2019 "Napoleon's Saber" Napoleon's Saber Seth Borries Steven Hunter Shaun Carr Jonathon Morphis[e]
27 Aug 28, 2019 "The Bhuj" Bhuj Joe Vachon Benton Frisse Josh Howard Adam Vordermark
28 Sep 4, 2019 "Blackbeard's Cutlass" Blackbeard's cutlass Jason Crum Seth Marshall Stephen Montgomery Joseph Nimmons
29 Sep 18, 2019 "Kung Fu Edition" 9-ring broadsword Mike Whetten Burton Harruff Collin Miller Monty Styron
30 Sep 25, 2019 "Genghis Khan's Sword" Genghis Khan's sword Everett Stone Peter Hill James Mays Kodee Artis

Season 7 (2019–2020)[edit]

Ep Airdate Title Final weapon Results
1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
1 Oct 9, 2019 "Sword Of Perseus" Sword of Perseus Jarred Ball Rob Wayman Dave McKay Luke Anderson
2 Oct 16, 2019 "General Patton's Sabre" General Patton's sabre John McNerney Chris Erbach Ted Thornton Josh Adams
3 Oct 23, 2019 "The Jian Sword" Jian sword Casey Cleveland Vince Molina Shawn Moulenbelt Ryan Brodbeck
4 Oct 23, 2019 "The Rock-Throwing Crossbow" Rock-throwing crossbow Colton Arias Craig Miller Bryce Perez Grant Saxman
5 Oct 30, 2019 "Halloween Edition" War scythe Trevor Jenkinson Alex Hillmeyer Jeff Glasco Willis Forninash
6 Oct 30, 2019 "The Boa-Zande Sword" Boa-zande sword Justin Chenault Ben Jennen Sawyer Hibbard Mike Pierce
7 Nov 6, 2019 "Musketeer Rapier" Musketeer rapier Jesse Ewing Teddy Royer Wilson Filaw Dale Thorson
8 Nov 6, 2019 "The Tizona of El Cid" Tizona of El Cid Brent Smith Thomas Hacker Jerry Cripe[e] Rick Hall
9 Nov 13, 2019 "Military Tribute" Mad Jack Churchill's Scottish backsword Billy Salyers Robert Soria Shawn Chakravarty Mike Johnston
10 Nov 13, 2019 "Revolutionary War Spontoon" Revolutionary War spontoon
11 Nov 20, 2019 "The Barbarian Spatha" Barbarian spatha Alex Horn Kevin Burkman Mike Benton Pat Biggin
12 Nov 27, 2019 "Family Edition" Inigo Montoya's rapier Ron Hardman Jesse Harrison Jessica Hardman Robert Harrison
13 Dec 11, 2019 "Frankish Throwing Axes" Franciscas Nic Overton Justin Kowspiachi Cameron Alarcio Matt Presti
14 Dec 18, 2019 "A Very Forged Christmas" British light cavalry sword Boyd Ritter Jamie Chandler Bill Young Ben Arlotta
15 Jan 1, 2020 "The Chinese War Sword" Chinese war sword Bobby Walker Will Pearman Justin Burton Dallas Bradshaw
16 Jan 8, 2020 "The Sword in the Stone" Medieval Broadsword Scott Sweeter Colton Kiso Jarrett Cieslak Sam Smith
17 Jan 15, 2020 "Charlemagne's Sword" King Charlemagne's "Joyeuse" Peyton Ramm Mitch Cargile Jason Tiensvold Parker Mayers
18 Jan 22, 2020 "Spanish Conquistador Sword" Spanish Conquistador sword Cody Hofsommer Brendan Steele Ed Clarke Zach Vince
19 Jan 29, 2020 "The Pira"[10] Pira Kevin Burgess Weslie Null Kenny Smith Mike Poor
20 Jan 29, 2020 "The French Pioneer Sword"[10] Rooster-head French pioneer sword Cade David Jenkins Steven Brady Ben Snure Nick Johnson
21 Feb 5, 2020 "Darb Sri Gun Chai battle sword" Darb Sri Gun Chai Paul Pinto James Davis Eric Davis Robert Martin
22 Feb 5, 2020 "Zulu War Axe" Zulu war axe Weston Paas Dustin Parrella Josh Powell Jieh Meinhold
23 Mar 11, 2020 "The Chinese Zhanmadao" Zhanmadao Josh Nic Scotty Daniel
24 Mar 18, 2020 "The German Dussage" German Dussage sword
25 Mar 25, 2020 "First Responders Edition" Halligan Bar Britt Barnes (Retired U.S Border Patrol agent) Forest Hansen (Retired firefighter captain) Chris Campbell (EMS chief firefighter) Mark Casina (Army Military Police officer)
26 Apr 1, 2020 "Game of Forge" Épée de Combat (Game of Thrones tribute to Arya Stark's "Needle") Trevor Krobe Victor Gonzalez Mitchell Ray Greene Garrett Secchi
27 Apr 8, 2020 "The Ikakalaka" Ikakalaka Ricardo Vilar Nick Hix Travis Henderson Leon Husock
28 Apr 15, 2020 "Samurai Showdown" Sodegarami Rita Thurman Justin Harrington Chuy Talavera Cory Miller
29 April 22, 2020 "Baby Boomers vs. Gen Z" Sword of Goujian Forrest Ketner (Baby Boomers) Caleb Ledford (Gen Z) Zach Batanyan (Gen Z) Jimmy Poole (Baby Boomers)
30 April 29, 2020 "The Nimcha" Nimcha
31 May 6, 2020 "Titanium Smackdown" Horsemen's Tabar and Hidden Dagger


  1. ^ a b These four contestants, all champions from previous seasons, were invited to compete again. The winner received an additional $10,000 and the title "Champion of Champions"
  2. ^ a b These four contestants from previous seasons were invited to compete again based on fans' reaction to their initial performance.
  3. ^ a b This episode featured contestants eliminated from previous episodes returning for a chance at redemption
  4. ^ These four contestants from previous seasons, each chosen by one of the four judges, were invited to compete again.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Medically disqualified
  6. ^ Four master/apprentice pairs competed in this episode. When Jesse withdrew at the end of the first round, Zack was allowed to continue on his own.
  7. ^ Five champions from previous episodes were invited to compete again. Raymond Smith was eliminated based on the results of a preliminary test performed on blades that they forged ahead of time.
  8. ^ Season 5 numbered from 0, see
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ a b Seven non-winners from seasons 4 and 5 competed over two episodes for $20,000. 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.
  11. ^ The winner received $50,000.


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