Now that the Stanley Cup is over (yea Blackhaks!) and the NBA Finals as well (my Cavs came up short), I have been doing more channel surfing at night out in my shop, and came across a new series on the History Channel. Forged in Fire is a blademaking competition in the mold of a Food Network cooking challenge. The show features a quartet of professional bladesmiths who engage in a series of challenges with the judges sending one home at the end of each round. The winner walks with a $10000 check.
Tonight I am watching the second episode, which is in its first run. As is the case with most History show, the episodes get rebroadcast extensively, so check your cable company’s search feature.
There are 3 judges who examine and test the blades. Tests include hacking and slashing tasks, including chopping ice. The judges are Master Bladesmith J. Neilson, Swordsmith David Baker, and martial arts expert Doug Macaida.
There have been other knife-related reality shows, most notably the Blade Brother’s show. However, this one is not about the personalities, it as about the work. My first episode (#2) is ending with the 2 finalists forging ancient Indian (asian) circular Chakrams. They are launching them at sugarcane with a modified trap thrower. It looks like TTAK is going to need to up our testing game.