Four past champions will do bladesmithing battle under the watchful gaze of a panel of judges enhanced by the addition of yet another ABS master smith in the third-season premiere of HISTORY’s hottest competition series, Forged in Fire.
Scheduled for broadcast on HISTORY at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, the episode will pit former champs against each other. Those champs will include ABS journeyman smith Matthew Parkinson from season one and ABS master smith Burt Foster, bladesmith Ben Abbott and bladesmith Salem Straub from season two. All will put their skills on the line in forging a blade style under a strict time limit. They will compete over three rounds of elimination until only one remains. Rounds one and two occur in the Forged in Fire shop, while round three takes place in the home shops of the remaining two smiths. The work completed during each round is evaluated and tested to decide who will be eliminated from the competition, and who will advance. The final round winner is crowned champion for the episode and earns $10,000.
Joining the panel of judges that includes ABS master smith J. Neilson, antique weapons specialist David Baker and martial arts/weapons user Doug Marcaida is award-winning ABS master smith Jason Knight. Knight is a highly talented smith with a sharp wit who is sure to bring both keen insight and his own brand of South Carolina humor to Forged in FIre. Weapons authority and U.S. Army and Air Force veteran Wil Willis hosts the show.
Forged in Fire is the first television show about bladesmithing of its kind and attracted over 1.5 millions viewers last year. It was presented the BLADE Magazine 2016 Publisher’s Award at this year’s BLADE Show for demonstrating “not only how tough it can be to make a quality knife under a tight deadline but also to entertain”—and doing it before more people than ever before. For more on the latter honor and other BLADE Magazine 2016 Knife-Of-The-Year® Awards, see the November BLADE®, on newsstands now, subscribe to the digital and or print editions or buy the digital edition of the November BLADE.