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  • Without further ado, here we go.

  • Cool, man.

  • [grunting]

  • It will.

  • John, my congratulations.

  • You've landed yourselves in the final round

  • of this competition.

  • Now we're sending you back to your home forages

  • to recreate an iconic weapon from history.

  • That weapon is the Greek kopis.

  • Bladesmiths, you'll have five days at your home forages

  • in which to complete this challenge.

  • At the end of those five days, you'll

  • return and present your kopises to our panel of expert judges.

  • And after they thoroughly tested the hell out of them,

  • they'll declare one of you the Forged

  • in Fire champion who leaves here with a check for $10,000.

  • Good luck, bladesmiths.

  • We'll see you in five days.

  • Good luck.

  • Good luck.

  • Feels great to be back in my home forge.

  • I'm excited to get started.

  • I'm going to do a wrap or a sand mod construction.

  • My damascus is on the outside.

  • There's a solid layer of 15 and 20.

  • And then down the center is one solid piece of 5160.

  • It should be really pretty and tough.

  • I'm back at the home forge, I'm getting ready to go.

  • And this entire piece is going to be made out

  • of Damascus with an integral guard and an integral pommel

  • built into it.

  • So without further ado, here we go.

  • If I at the end of day have a rough shape of a sword,

  • I'll be really happy.

  • It's 30 layers right now.

  • I'm going to cut it into sections, probably three,

  • to have a layer count about 90.

  • OK, we have a long way to go.

  • It's day two.

  • I have to make some fullering dyes for this blade.

  • This is the bottom section of a railroad track.

  • I have to just round the top off to get

  • the right shape that I want.

  • The fuller lines are really clean, symmetrical.

  • It's exactly what I was hoping for.

  • It's the start of day three.

  • We're going to work on the guard and the pommel.

  • Got a lot of work to do.

  • It's going to be a lot of detailed work.

  • It's going to be slow.

  • I feel like a dentist.

  • And then I've got to quench the blade.

  • Everything that I've done since I've picked up a hammer

  • is coming down to this point.

  • I hope that this works out.

  • It's perfectly straight.

  • [clapping]

  • I got a straight blade!

  • It's day 4.

  • I'm excited.

  • I think, basically, I just have to finish up my handle today.

  • I'm going to pin these two pieces of brass

  • to either side of the blade to hold them in place while I

  • silver solder.

  • Going to heat up the guard a little,

  • let the heat travel up the blade and up towards that solder.

  • Think this sword is going to look awesome.

  • The color combination with the brass and the dark

  • handle scales, it's just all coming together.

  • I'm really stoked.

  • I still have one more piece to meet parameters.

  • I need to connect my pommel to the guard.

  • This is going to go through the horse's mouth,

  • and it's going to bend in a V, and come

  • down here into the guard.

  • I want to make it look like rain's

  • coming from the horse's mouth.

  • I like it.

  • That's good.

  • This is the last day.

  • I've got to put scales on.

  • When your band saw breaks, you've got to improvise.

  • I have never put scales on a blade that's got

  • an integral pommel and guard.

  • I just may have made a really, really big mistake.

  • My pin doesn't fit right.

  • I drilled the wrong hole.

  • I'm in a panic mode.

  • So on day five, I've got to make the new handle.

  • It's coming along.

  • Now I'm feeling pretty good.

  • Making this kopis was a really, really tall order.

  • I feel like I've done my best work that I've ever

  • done as a bladesmith right now.

  • It will cut.

  • All right, bladesmiths, to find out

  • what kind of lethal damage your weapon will do,

  • I will take your kopis and deliver some killing

  • blows to this ballistics dummy.

  • John, you're up first. You ready?

  • Ready.

  • I'm pretty nervous.

  • There's no way to prepare yourself for this moment.

  • I'm just going to hope that my blade survives.

  • [grunting]

  • Cool, man.

  • All right, John, let's talk about your kopis here.

  • There was a little crack that goes

  • around the edge on both sides.

  • When I saw the tip, I thought it was going be tip heavy.

  • It's not.

  • There's good recovery with this.

  • It's a very powerful weapon, sir.

  • It will kill.

  • Thank you.

  • All right, Mike.

  • It's time to have fun with your blade.

  • Are you ready?

  • I'm ready.

  • [grunting]

  • Good job.

  • Thanks.

  • All right, Mike.

  • Let's talk about your Greek kopis right here.

  • It is heavier, but every shot that I go in there cuts.

  • You have a sharp edge.

  • But more importantly, sir, it will kill.

  • Thank you.

  • Good job.

  • All right, gentlemen, it's time for the strength test.

  • Now, to test the strength, durability,

  • and overall construction of your Greek

  • kopises I'll be attacking these two soldiers.

  • John, you're up.

  • You ready?

  • Ready.

  • [clanging]

  • All right, John, first off, that small crack we noticed

  • has not opened up at all, which is great.

  • Your blade took some minor deformation.

  • A little bit of roll.

  • But overall, it's a strong blade.

  • Well done.

  • Thank you.

  • All right, Mike. You're up.

  • You ready?

  • I'm ready.

  • [clanging]

  • All right, so Mike, your edge took a little bit of damage

  • here.

  • And then up here, it just sort of peeled a hair off your edge.

  • But other than that, this blade is

  • still sharp all the way down.

  • It's got some heft to it, but your handle construction

  • does make up for it.

  • But most of all, it's a strong blade.

  • Nicely done, Mike.

  • Thank you.

  • All right, bladesmiths, to test the edge

  • of your Greek kopis, I will take your weapon,

  • and I will slice across these rugs.

  • John, you're up first. You ready?

  • Ready.

  • [thudding]

  • [crash]

  • All right, John.

  • The edge here is sharp.

  • On this last one, not so much.

  • But as we can see on the other rugs, it will cut.

  • - Thank you. - All right, Mike.

  • It's your turn.

  • You ready?

  • I'm ready.

  • [slicing]

  • All right, Mike, first up, the forward weight

  • that you have on your blade here lends itself

  • to do a beautiful vertical cut.

  • But on a diagonal cut, because of the forward weight

  • being there, it feels more like a chopper than a slasher.

  • So it cut in, but it didn't slice in to control that.

  • It's a sharp edge, and it will cut.

  • Thank you.

  • John, Mike, both of you made high-performance

  • blades that did very well in our weapons tests.

  • Our next Forged in Fire champion is--

  • John.

  • Congratulations.

  • You're the new Forged in Fire champion.

  • Mike, I want you to know that the judges

  • and I are proud as hell of what you've turned in, man.

  • It was a competitive blade, and it really did come

  • down to the finest details.

  • But I have to ask you to please surrender your kopis.

  • It really makes me feel good that the judging was so close.

  • This competition was really tough for me.

  • It tested a lot of new skills that I hadn't done before.

  • It was a big win for myself.

  • It was a great competition and a great experience,

  • and I'd do it all over again.

  • John, congratulations.

  • You're our new Forged in Fire champion,

  • and that's the title that comes with a check for $10,000.

  • Please present your blade to the judges.

  • I'm unbelievably happy.

  • I'm a new bladesmith, and it's something that I

  • want to do in the future.

  • To walk into this world of bladesmithing

  • and then join "Forged in Fire," and compete and win it,

  • it doesn't get any better than that.

Without further ado, here we go.

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