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  • Josh, Ben, congratulations.

  • You guys have made it to the final round

  • of this competition.

  • Now we're sending you back to your home

  • forge just to recreate this iconic weapon

  • from history, the ram dao.

  • The ram-dao was a sacrificial sword

  • that descends from the weapons of India's

  • legendary Rajput warriors.

  • It's broad, heavy blade flares to an axe-like projection,

  • which is ideally suited to the ritual

  • beheading of large animals such as buffalo and goats.

  • These sacrifices were made to the Hindu goddess of death,

  • Kali, whose symbolic eye is often

  • etched on the flared end of the blade

  • so she can watch over the ceremony.

  • The eye of Kali can be seen on the ram-dao wielded

  • by Zodd in the comic series "Berserk."

  • Josh, Ben, your final challenge is to forge a ram-dao.

  • It must be an effective and deadly version of the weapon

  • that you see here.

  • Just make sure that your blades fall within the following

  • parameters.

  • The length of the blade must be between 20

  • and 23 inches in length.

  • It must have a finial ball, a decorative eye of Kali

  • a demon buffalo head as well as a disc pommel.

  • Failure to meet a single one of our parameters

  • is grounds for immediate dismissal from this forge,

  • with no deliberation.

  • I feel excited about it, because it's

  • something that I've never, ever done before.

  • So let's do it.

  • You'll have four days at your home forges

  • in which to complete this challenge.

  • At the end of those four days, you'll return and present

  • your weapons to our panel of expert judges

  • and after they've thoroughly tested them,

  • they'll declare one of you the "Forged in Fire"

  • champion who walks out of here with a check for 10 grand.

  • Good luck, bladesmiths.

  • We'll see you in four days.

  • First thing I'm trying to do is

  • have a very, very good visual of what

  • I'm going to be aiming for.

  • Also, we need to concentrate on the finial right here.

  • That's going to be something that I need to keep my eye on,

  • and it's going to be a challenge.

  • So this is the piece I'm going to be using.

  • It's 5160 steel.

  • JOSH (VOICEOVER): I've never really have shaped something

  • like this before, so I feel that the easiest way for me

  • to shape that curve is just to start

  • using the anvil as a hammer.

  • And it actually worked.

  • First it's going great so far.

  • We've got the basic profile done.

  • Then when it's over, let's go have dinner.

  • This is mi abuelita, the matriarch of the family.

  • I'm tired, and I'm ready to stuff my face up with dinner.

  • [speaking spanish]

  • BEN: I'm back in my home forge.

  • It is about five degrees right now.

  • Spring steel's a great material for something like this that's

  • going to take a lot of abuse and be able to flex

  • over and over again.

  • So what I'm going to try and do first is drawing out the tang.

  • I'm going to do a through tang, so it's

  • going to need to be long, but also

  • thicker than the rest of the blade to give it strength.

  • It's a big piece of steel, but I'll cut it.

  • Oh, here it goes.

  • Boom.

  • The sun is setting.

  • It's starting to get even colder than it already was,

  • so I'm about to probably call it a night.

  • JOSH (VOICEOVER): All right, so everything ready for quenching.

  • The heat treatment is the soul of the knife.

  • This has to go well.

  • And I'm just noticing a slight curve.

  • It's not going away.

  • I'm not going to lose because of a warp.

  • I'm going to go ahead and re-quench.

  • If it doesn't go well, a couple of things can happen.

  • A big warp, or the worst thing can be a crack.

  • That's going to push me to start all over again.

  • Hopefully it worked.

  • Yeah, yeah, beautiful.

  • BEN: I have it hot-cut.

  • Now I need to add the sweep to it, which

  • is going to be challenging.

  • I almost forgot about the decorative finial at the top.

  • That's kind of one of the things of being

  • a ceremonial sacrificial sword.

  • There's a lot of stuff on it that's decorative that serves

  • no purpose other than for religious use,

  • but I forget about it because I'm used to making this stuff.

  • OK, the blade looks good.

  • I've got enough material to work with,

  • so I'm going to go take it downstairs, start grinding.

  • This is my homemade belt grinder,

  • and this is how I have to start this thing.

  • [grinding]

  • It's straight.

  • I have my bevels ground in.

  • It is the shape it needs to be.

  • I'm looking to heat treat tonight.

  • Start of day four is here.

  • I'm going to go ahead and start working on the handle.

  • Ideally what I want, is to have a handle--

  • not just nice-looking, beautiful, but also is

  • something that is comfortable.

  • So I need to have a handle that has a grip to it,

  • that it doesn't feel like it's going to fly off the hands.

  • I've never done a finial.

  • This was definitely very challenging.

  • I went with a diamond-looking piece.

  • It's different.

  • I need to really make this blade pop,

  • so besides the eye in the crown, I decide

  • to add extra edging to it.

  • But no matter how beautiful the blade

  • is, if you miss one of the parameters,

  • you're out of the competition.

  • BEN (VOICEOVER): It's day four.

  • There's a bit of a warp that happened

  • during the tempering of the spine,

  • and I don't have enough time to re-quench.

  • I have too much other stuff to do,

  • but I can still make this blade look the part.

  • I can still make it perform really, really, well,

  • so that's my goal for today.

  • [grinding]

  • [hammering]

  • I'm just getting to work on the finial.

  • It doesn't have to look like anything in particular,

  • it's just kind of a knob at the end.

  • I don't do a whole lot of engraving,

  • so this is kind of out of my comfort zone.

  • But after some light sanding, it's going to be done.

  • So I'm ready to go cut something.

  • Whoo.

  • That's sharp.

  • All right, bladesmiths, welcome to the kill test.

  • Ram-dao, ram carcass.

  • Josh, you're up first.

  • You ready for this?

  • Well, let's kill it again.

  • Doug is holding my ram-dao and I'm just thinking,

  • just chop the head off.

  • Just chop it.

  • My heart is just pumping 10,000 miles per hour, man.

  • [music playing]

  • Oh, my god.

  • [slashing]

  • Oh, my god.

  • [laughs]

  • All right, Josh, let's talk about your ram-dao here.

  • The blade you have here is sharp.

  • For every pass it makes, it cuts deeply.

  • But I also love what you have in the sense of balance.

  • That even though it's a chopper, the recovery

  • is just comfortable enough to where you

  • can cut all the way through.

  • It feels good in the hand.

  • It's got a great balance, and most importantly, it will kill.

  • Good job.

  • That's awesome.

  • Thank you.

  • All right, Ben, it's your turn.

  • You ready for this?

  • I'm excited.

  • Let's do it.

  • BEN: Right now, I'm really excited.

  • I've put my best work into this.

  • Nothing's perfect, but my biggest concern

  • is that there was a slight warp that I

  • just really couldn't get out.

  • So I'm really hoping that my blade outperforms

  • Josh's in every other way so that it's

  • a flaw can be overlooked.

  • Something's off about this design.

  • There's a bit of an issue.

  • BEN (VOICEOVER): At this point, I'm a bit confused.

  • I don't know what's going on.

  • Ben, your blade doesn't have a finial bowl.

  • One of the defining characteristics of the ram-dao.

  • It was also one of the parameters,

  • and the judges feel that your blade cannot be tested

  • evenly and fairly with Josh's.

  • Dave Baker is going to tell you why.

  • The design of the ram-dao has that

  • finial at the end of a blade.

  • That finial can wind up being a cut restrictor,

  • not allowing the blade to pass through a target.

  • It also keeps that blade from being able to stab.

  • Yours doesn't have that.

  • How can we test them evenly?

  • BEN: I understand.

  • Ben, "Forged in Fire" champions

  • don't miss parameters.

  • I'd like to invite you to shake our hands,

  • shake your competitor's hand, and then

  • please leave the forge.

  • I'm pretty disappointed.

  • I really wanted to see my blade chop through that ram.

  • But I'm happy with what I turned in, and at the end of the day,

  • I think I'm definitely leaving a better

  • bladesmith than when I came in.

  • Josh, congratulations.

  • You're the "Forged in Fire" champion,

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

  • Come on forward and shake our hands, brother.

  • I cannot believe this is happening.

  • I think what I'm going to do with the $10,000 is going to go

  • to open a shop where I'm going to be providing

  • workshops for at-risk youth.

  • My abuelita told me go, win, and come back.

  • Mission accomplished.

  • [music playing]

Josh, Ben, congratulations.

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