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Forged In Fire

Discussion in 'Knife Shows & Events' started by Hyde_me, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. Hyde_me

    Hyde_me New Member

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    Has anyone seen anything about a new show coming to the History channel called "Forged In Fire"? I just saw a commercial for the show. Apparently it is a knife / sword making competition show where the contestants go up against each other to make a particular style of blade. Sort of "Top Chef" with more knives and less food. It is to start on the 25th of august here in Ontario. Here is the link to the show http://www.history.ca/forged-in-fire/

    I am not sure if this is the right thread but it is a "knife show"...lol
     
  2. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    It has been on in the U.S. For a while now. They have been talking about it on the B F all summer..Just another TV show to me.
     
  3. Icho-

    Icho- Staff Member

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    Ya. It's pretty good. I think they are on about episode 9 now.
     
  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I think I've watched about 5 episodes now. Not bad. Certainly more stressful that my average 3 week build... these guys get 3 hours to forge a blade!
    For me the best part is when they go back home to their own shops. I like seeing their forges and grinders and how they work up something where they have some time to finish things properly.

    I'll watch it again.

    Dan
     
  5. poppa bear

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    I like it myself, with all the time constraints they are on is awesome but it's more like 6-9 hours they get to build other then when they get back to their own shops.
     
  6. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Is it just me or does the idea of forcing somebody to make a knife using the forge, grinders etc. in 3 hours seem like a really dangerous thing to do? I know that when I try to rush through something it's usually where I make mistakes and in the shop, mistakes can mean missing digits or burns. I lost the tip of my index finger this winter while i was in a hurry and not thinking. Lesson learned.
     
  7. Icho-

    Icho- Staff Member

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    I think the time limit does add some danger but it also makes the maker in most cases look bad since you don't get to see what they can really do. Even when they get to go back to their own shop, 5 days doesn't seem like much time to build a blade, sward or whatever, to the best of their ability. One thing that really bugs me about the show is that they call a knife and weapon but I guess it makes it more dramatic.
     
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  8. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    In my humble opinion, the show is good for knifemaking as a whole. Yes there are some corny and exaggerated aspects. E.g. It will keel! These are for masses to consume. There's some obvious flaws like never showing the crucial tempering cycles, but in the big picture, interest in handmade knives is up. This year, at least 20 people have asked me about knifemaking solely because of their watching Forged in Fire. Something must be working and these are prospective customers...

    Dan
     
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  9. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    I actually prefer when they make something other than knives. I'm always sort of interested in the exotic weapons. Things that you thought were made up for a video game or a tv show turn out to be actual historic weapons. Just goes to show you that there were creative people looking for interesting ways to hack other people up even thousands of years ago. I'm just particularly sensitive these days about preserving the digits.
     
  10. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    I like aspects of the show but I do not care for the fact that it is all about weapons. To me a knife is a tool first and foremost and I cringe when anyone talks about them like they are all about killing. It just isn't good for the long term prospects of legalities and restrictions the more people think this way...
     
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  11. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I wholly agree. Knives are tools. I like to use the phrase "Kitchen Tool" on the paperwork when I am shipping a knife.

    It's funny. When I say "I make knives," people often have a certain 'look' on their faces like I make Guillotines or something.
    Then, I say "you know, like kitchen knives and filleting knives?" and then they appear remarkably at ease with the idea.

    I remember my Dad saying years ago "Electricity is tool. Like all tools it can do good or it can do harm." The same goes for knives, hammers, screwdrivers, chain saws and broken bottles... oh wait, maybe not broken bottles. :eek:

    Dan
     
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  12. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Haha! I have used broken bottles as tools before... The glass shards carve wood quite well! I must admit too that back in the 80's during high school I may or may not have made a water pipe or two out of the odd broken bottle... :confused::rolleyes::roflmao
     
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  13. Prevenge

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    I watched an episode ...but I dont really care for the reality show format. I will give the show props though because my parents like it and that makes them very keen to support my hobby. They gave me a bunch of moose and deer sheds, gave me free pickings from all their old usable farm steel (which included a couple hundred pounds of 6150, 1070, 80 and 95). They were helping their neighbors sell their farm and in exchange for me doing a bit of welding on some equipment I got an old coal forge with two blowers , an assortment of tongs and anvil tools .... and a near new air-liquide cutting torch with hoses,regulators and a bunch of heads. Pretty sure that saved me over 600 bucks. Also ... a behemoth sandstone wet grinding wheel...electric motor with a gear reduction drive. The thing is mounted on a custom made sawhorse with a sheet metal water well . I told them I didnt really want the thing but it showed up on a pallet at my farm the next day anyways.... I guess they really didnt want it either ;)
     
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  14. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    well you are welcome to leave it in my backyard if you want!
     
  15. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Spoiler Alert:

    Did anybody see the latest episode? I really dig the shape of that falcata. Also, it was really cool seeing a woman kickass on the forge like that. The horsehead she made using a hammer and an anvil... mad skillz... Best season yet, so far. I like the temporary judge better than the other guy too. The other guy is too "judgey" ... you know, for a judge that is : ) This Jason dude seems pretty easy going. More constructive criticisms, less "omg how stupid was that" comments...
     
  16. John Noon

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    She has some good skills and really glad she did not do a leather wrap handle (twice). Seeing that horse head she banged out is making me want to finish up my home brew forge.
     
  17. BigUglyMan

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    "The Other Guy" is a world-class knifemaker. His job is to judge and he does a good job of it. I like Jason as well, but there are no flies on J. Neilson.

    If that show doesn't give you a hard-on to get out in your shop then you need to call an ambulance...because you're probably already dead.
     
  18. Swivel

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    I've always wondered about the tempering, too, they must do it and not show it otherwise I think we'd see a lot more blades shattering...?
     
  19. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    read online that the reason for all knives having a maximum length of 22" was so they will fit in the Evenheat furnace and that each judging step is a separate day. Knives are all tempered after the first days judging
     
  20. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    It is correct that each episode is shot on multiple days, with tempering being done after the first day. "the other guy" J. Neilson is also a member here, or was at one point anyway.
     

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