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Nat Geo’s Lords Of War Features Knifemaker Larry Harley

The National Geographic Channel’s Lords Of War program features knifemaker Larry Harley as an antique knife and edged weaponry expert. Lords Of War focuses on historic weaponry as depicted by a team of experts that travels across the country in search of the best in antique weapons and militaria. The experts allow you to relive history as they test, assess and auction the bounties of war. 

Larry “Hammer” Harley, as he’s called, second from left in the photo, is quoted by Nat Geo as saying, “I haven’t worked a day in my life.” A third-generation bladesmith, he began experimenting with steel, thanks to the influence of his grandfather, at a young age. During hunting season, he hunts wild hogs, and during the hunt, uses knives he has fashioned. In the summer, he teaches children about the craftsmanship of knifemaking. This is his passion, being more enthusiastic about making knives than most people are about anything. 

The all-new series, Lords Of War, debuts January 23rd at 9 p.m. and 9:30 EST on Nat Geo.

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