Forged in Fire is a competition show pitting master weapon makers against each other. Each week, four of the best blade smiths in the country will come together to put both their skills and reputations on the line.
If you are looking for a bunch of backstabbing, whining, and melodrama ... this show is not for you. If you want to learn something and actually find the people competing on the most part likable then this show may interest you.
I find the fun due not having these factors. The premise is four people with smithing background compete through three stages for $10,000 dollars. I find I learn a great deal about the metallurgy, how you have to balance aesthetics and practicality, and even some stuff on ancient weaponry.
However what really makes me like the show is there isn't the whole contrived melodrama you see on many shows ... including some on the history channel. The men and women competing (yes there are few women who follow this craft) work their butts off to win, but treat each other with respect, many times even being friendly towards each other. In addition when some one is eliminated, in almost every situation they handled it like adults. The comments usually came down to either "yeah, the judges were right I screwed up this time" or "I did a good job, but unfortunately my competitors did better today. I find almost everyone, both losers and winners I felt some respect for.
It is kind of sad when you see people act this way an its unusual.
this is an awesome show to watch. you get to see black smiths making knives and swords. its great to watch and the judges at the end of each episode give positive feedback to the contestants that they send home. as opposed to other shows that completely tear the person down. over all this is just a great show to watch! ive purchased 3 seasons now to watch and will get the rest!
My husband and I have really enjoyed this series. I believe it will inspire a whole new generation of talent. As a couple, we have discussed the possibilities of getting a forge ourselves just for a hobby. Great competition! Great viewing!
My son and I stumbled upon this series - what a find! It has all the elements of your typical reality TV show - people do dumb stuff, make critical decisions, the underdog sometimes wins - but has a certain plair that engineers, metalsmiths (obviously) and even teachers will enjoy. Working as a teacher, I can see some real benefits of showing this series in a classroom, especially the sciences but also sociology and history. Judges are not jerks - they work in the industry. I highly recommend this show - "It will kill!".
This is a great show with value in that it demonstrated industrial arts creativity and showcases America craftsmen under pressure. This show is a gameshow that demonstrates how even confident pros can make mistakes under peer review and time constraints. You learn that haste makes waste while diligence and awareness pays well over creativity and ego. This is a show I like a lot and the results always surprise me. Each episode has been better than the last so I know this show will get even better in successive seasons so one star left for improvement.