Five novice smiths must earn their way into the competition before the first forge is ever lit. After the four remaining smiths go through two intense rounds, only two remain for the final round.
The bladesmiths begin on a farm where they harvest steel from farming tools, then must use coal forges to make their blades. Ultimately, only two smiths compete to recreate a deadly Schiavona sword.
The smiths get locked and loaded to forge a signature blade out of a 50-caliber flintlock pistol. Then, in the final round, the remaining competitors must recreate a lethal gladiator sword, the Sica.
Edged-weapon mastery is put to the test as four smiths must forge a functional friction folder. Ultimately, only two smiths make it to the final round where they must recreate a Japanese Jumonji Yari.
Four bladesmiths are challenged to salvage parts of a cannon in order to make signature blades. In the end, two smiths shoot through to the final round where they must recreate the North African Kabyle.
Four smiths compete alongside their apprentices to forge the trench knife. Each team must work together, tagging in and out every half hour, with only one smith allowed to touch the knife at a time.
Four bladesmiths are tasked with forging blades out of steel from a chain and a sprocket. Only two will secure a spot in the final round, where they have to forge the iconic Karabela saber.
Four bladesmiths must combine two or more steels to forge J. Nielson's favorite blade, a Damascus European dagger. In the final round, two finalists must forge a fearsome pole weapon--the Zande Spear.
Four bladesmiths are tasked with making blades using only harvested steel and coal forges. After two rounds, the remaining two smiths must recreate a dangerous folding weapon -- the Spanish Navaja.
The pressure is on as four smiths are tasked with forging Dave Baker's favorite blade, the Scottish Dirk. Only two smiths advance to the final round where they must recreate the German Halberd.
The bladesmiths are forced to harvest steel from motorcycles to forge blades in their signature style. After two intense rounds, the final two competitors must re-create a giant Indian two-handed sword.
The bladesmiths, all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, are tasked with forging a combat knife from an anti-tank hedgehog. In the last round, the two finalists must recreate the M1917 Naval Cutlass.
Four bladesmiths must forge a signature blade from small springs of steel. Ultimately, two smiths secure a spot in the final round where they must recreate the deadly Horseman's Axe.
Four bladesmiths are tasked with crafting a hatchet from pieces of odd shaped steel. Then, in the final round, the two remaining smiths must recreate the deadly Maasai Lion Spear.
The bladesmiths must make their signature blades out of only drill bits and a chunk of mild steel. After two rounds, the remaining two smiths must recreate a deadly Indonesian sword -- the Kelewang.
The bladesmiths are forced to make canister Damascus using nuts and bolts. Ultimately, two smiths move on to the final round where they must recreate a pair of deadly Indian Bagh Nakh weapons.
Four smiths must forge the iconic KA-BAR military blade using only tiny cubes of W-1 steel. In the final round, the two remaining competitors must recreate the battle-tested Glaive Guisarme.
Four bladesmiths must forge a multipurpose weapon from old rescue tools. After narrowly escaping elimination, the remaining two smiths must recreate a unique utilitarian tool, the Russian Pioneer sword.
Four bladesmiths are tasked with forging a signature blade from a bicycle. The two smiths that advance to the final round must recreate an ancient, mysterious weapon called Wind and Fire Wheels.
Four bladesmiths are tasked with forging friction folders from a steel coil. In the final round, the two remaining smiths must create a blade that requires precision and detail: the French Smallsword.
Four bladesmiths are tasked with forging a signature blade from WW2 and a giant industrial-sized nut. Only two smiths make it to the final round where they must recreate the Celtic Anthropomorphic Sword.
Four bladesmiths must create their signature blade out of a massive ball bearing. In the final round, the two remaining smiths must recreate one of the Ottoman Empire's most lethal sabres: the Kilij.
Four bladesmiths are taken outdoors where they struggle to forge a blade in the noonday sun. In the final round, two smiths must create the ultimate wilderness weapon: the German Sawback Hunting Sword.
Four bladesmiths must forge not just one, but three knives from railroad spikes in only three hours. The remaining two competitors return home to recreate the iconic Medieval Arming Sword.
Four bladesmiths must forge a fully functional serrated knife using steel from hand scissors. After two rounds, the final two competitors must create a challenging weapon from history: the Sengese.
Four bladesmiths take a shot at forging a signature blade from the steel rings of a whiskey barrel. After an intense round of testing, the final two smiths head home to forge an instrument of Chinese warfare: the Qinglong Ji.
Four bladesmiths pay homage to the blade craft of Hollywood. The final two smiths must recreate one of the most famous swords in cinematic history: Hattori Hanzo's 1000-Layer Katana from Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.
Four bladesmiths are tasked with creating a signature Damascus blade out of three different steels of different thicknesses. Only two smiths make it to the final round where they must recreate the Steel Crossbow.
Four bladesmiths are floored when they must craft a signature blade from a massive piece of elevator cable. The final two competitors return home to recreate a sword wielded by some of history's fiercest soldiers: the Two-Handed Landsknecht Sword.
Four different classes of metalsmithing professionals will compete over five weeks for the chance to win the biggest prize ever: $50,000. The remaining two farriers create a famed weapon of the English Civil War: the Mortuary Sword.
In Round Two of the Forged in Fire Invitational Tournament, four armorers must forge a Damascus blade out of a plate armor. After two rounds, the remaining two armorers must forge an exotic hybrid of pain and protection: The Hooded Katar.
In Round Three, four blacksmiths must forge a signature Damascus blade using steel they must harvest from a stockpile of varied tools. The smiths that survive recreate a multipurpose Medieval weapon of war: the Knightly Poleaxe.
In the fourth round, four modern metal workers must harvest materials from a metal sculpture to forge a needle point Damascus blade. The final smiths recreate a sword from the elite classes of Renaissance Europe: the duel-ready Flamberge Rapier.
In the final round of the Invitational Tournament, our winning Farrier, Armorer, Blacksmith and Modern Metal Worker face off to forge the Wakizashi. Only two smiths remain to recreate one of the largest Japanese swords, the Nodachi.
Four bladesmiths must create signature slasher blades, each using a different type of metal to contend with. After two grueling rounds, the two finalists return to their home forges to recreate the Grim Reaper's scythe.
Four bladesmiths return to the Middle Ages when they are tasked with forging a Crusader's Dagger from a thick rod of W1 steel. The final two smiths must create a weapon that helped steal from the rich and give to the poor: Robin Hood's Steel Takedown Bow.
Four bladesmiths must build their own coal forges using materials scavenged from a storage unit. After an intense round of testing the remaining two smiths return home to recreate a brutal European pole axe: the Bardiche.
Four bladesmiths are challenged with forging a canister Damascus knife using only steel wool and 1095 powder. The final two head home to recreate an important weapon from North American history: the Pipe Tomahawk.