Season Finale of Forged in Fire tonight at 10EDT. (The Murray Carter Episode)

History Channel’s Forged in Fire has made a splash. According to Blade Magazine, the show is already the most watched knife-themed show ever, and is continuing to climb the ratings.

“After five weeks on The History Channel, FIF has gained double-digit growth across all key demographics compared to its premiere episode. According to a History Channel news release, ratings are up a whopping 74 percent in the 25-54 age group, 73 percent in the 18 to 49 age range and 32 percent in all viewers. That’s 595,000 viewers aged 25-54 and 552,000 aged 18 to 49. In all, FIF is attracting 1.4 million viewers, an unprecedented number for a knife-related media endeavor of any kind.”

Tonight’s season finale will feature Murray Carter of Carter Cutlery. In addition to being one of the premier bladesmiths in the country, he also runs an intensive knifemaking school, which I am hoping to attend this December.

On the Forged in Fire YouTube Page, there are also a series of Bladesmithing 101 videos like the one at the top of the page. Each one lasts 2:00 and the topics include blade shapes, grinding, quenching, handles and more. Definitely worth a visit if you are timewasting.


  1. Sam L. says:

    Bummer that he lost out.

  2. Avid Fan says:

    I know. Internationally recognized bladesmith bested by a guy that likes to make spoons for his friends at Christmas.
    Unfortunately my opinion of Mr. Carter has slipped a notch or two.

  3. I had it DVRd and watched last night. I agree, bummer.

    While I cannot understand why he put a thrusting bias on a slashing sword, it is pretty obvious that the biggest problem came down to his heat treat. It takes a specially designed forge (i.e. long enough with even enough heating) to treat something that large.

    Still cool to have seen someone whom I have met on the show.

  4. David says:

    I like the show but the format is getting tired fast.

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Season Finale of Forged in Fire tonight at 10EDT. (The Murray Carter Episode)

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