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  • [dramatic music]

  • Chris, John, congratulations.

  • You guys have made it into the third round

  • of this competition.

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

  • to recreate this iconic weapon from American history--

  • General Patton's saber.

  • Good luck.

  • We'll see you in four days.

  • Good luck.

  • All right.

  • Today, I'm going to build the actual blade part of the saber.

  • I'm making a ladder pattern Damascus billet.

  • I'm stacking 1085 and 15N20.

  • So ladder pattern Damascus, it's a simple pattern.

  • I'm going to weld it, put some layers into it,

  • and then cut it with the chop saw, and then draw it out.

  • This is a large blade, and there can be a lot of things that go

  • wrong with this much forging.

  • So I'm not comfortable putting all my eggs just

  • in that one billet.

  • So my plan is to make a 1560 billet

  • so I have insurance that I'll have

  • a good blade for this billet.

  • I have lots of eggs.

  • I got tons of eggs.

  • Do you guys need some eggs?

  • Anybody want eggs?

  • CHRIS: Today I hope to get the blade quenched,

  • so I need to get this fire going.

  • Hmm.

  • I've picked up a little bit of a curve in this thing.

  • I do notice that it's not an exact even heat-up in the fire.

  • There's more heat towards either end than in the middle.

  • I don't want to waste too much more time chasing it out.

  • There's always a chance that a lot of it'll

  • come back out once I dip it in the quench.

  • I believe my blade has gotten hot enough.

  • I am ready to quench.

  • While my blade was heating up, it wasn't an exact even heat-up

  • in the fire.

  • So I do still have a fairly significant S-curve warp to it.

  • So I quickly throw it between a couple of big chunks of wood

  • to see if I can address the warp.

  • If this doesn't work, I'm screwed now.

  • OK.

  • I've got a very, very slight warble right towards the end,

  • but I'm positive I can take it out with the grinder.

  • So we might be in good shape.

  • I feel pretty good about that.

  • I think I'm getting very slightly soft close

  • to the hilt. Rather than go through the quench process

  • again, I think I'm just going to go with it,

  • keep my fingers crossed, and pray to the gods.

  • JOHN: This morning, I'll figure out which blade is going

  • to be worthy of going forward.

  • I really want the Damascus to be my sword.

  • So I start grinding on it, and right away I start

  • seeing some de-laminations.

  • In this edge here, they're wanting to fall apart.

  • I'm going to scrap the Damascus, save it for the back strap,

  • and move on to the 5160, and make that my blade.

  • I'm not going to take a risk with $10,000 on the line.

  • I go to the forge, get it hot, and I go in the quench chamber.

  • When I pull this knife out of the oil,

  • I have a nice straight sword.

  • CHRIS: It's the morning of day four.

  • I think I've got myself set up really well for a final day

  • of construction and refinement.

  • Once I have my wood-block shape for my handle,

  • I start figuring out how I'm going

  • to try to make this back strap.

  • I got this old kind-of-cool-looking

  • spoon of unknown metal.

  • I think it's some sort of steel plated

  • in some sort of other metal.

  • But it looks cool, and I'm going to beat,

  • and bash, and bend it until it fits

  • around the back of my hand.

  • All right.

  • I get it glued up to the rest of the sword.

  • Now, once my epoxy sets, it's going to be time

  • to moving on to sharpening.

  • This blade is sharp as a razor, and it's ready for testing.

  • It will cut.

  • JOHN: Today I got to put everything

  • together, put the final edge on the sword, and test it.

  • So it's time to get the guard started.

  • So I go up to the plasma cutter.

  • I'm gonna cut out a piece of sheet metal

  • that's going to become our guard.

  • I'm a horseshoer.

  • I have horses.

  • Put a horse on it--

  • horse head for the cavalry sword.

  • This is my version of the cowboy's cavalry sword.

  • Say that twice.

  • I'm going to acid etch the guard black.

  • And then I'm going to put some enamel over the top

  • just to preserve it, and then line the inside of the guard

  • with pig leather.

  • That'll make sure it's nice and comfy for their hands.

  • I finish assembling the sword just with enough daylight

  • to be able to test it.

  • This is Whiskey.

  • [heavy metal music]

  • Hey, it worked.

  • I'm finished building this crazy sword.

  • Why not go out with a bang?

  • [explosion]

  • 'Merica!

  • DOUG MARCAIDA: Welcome to the kill test.

  • Your sabers look deadly.

  • To find that out, I will take your weapon,

  • deliver some slashes and thrusts on this ballistics dummy.

  • John, you're up first.

  • You ready for this?

  • Yeah.

  • [heavy metal music]

  • [laughing]

  • Cut its heart out.

  • It's just not right.

  • DOUG MARCAIDA: All right, John, first up,

  • let's talk about the handle construction.

  • It's a little bit on the big side,

  • but I'm able to hold on to it.

  • Now, your edge-- it's very sharp,

  • and it is a pleasure to wield because aside from looking

  • beautiful, it'll kill.

  • Thank you very much.

  • DOUG MARCAIDA: All right, Chris, your turn.

  • You ready, sir?

  • Yes sir.

  • I sure am.

  • [heavy metal music]

  • Phew.

  • All right, Chris, let's talk about your saber here.

  • First up, what I love about it, it's got a sharp edge.

  • Every swing I do cuts.

  • The one thing here is that you did

  • pick up a little bit of a bend right here at this junction.

  • It's warped a little bit.

  • But it pierces and cuts.

  • And most importantly, it will kill.

  • Thank you, sir.

  • All right, bladesmiths, for our strength test,

  • I'm going to take your sabers.

  • And I'm going to beat them and stab them

  • into these field obstacles.

  • Now, I'm not really concerned about what your swords

  • do to our obstacles.

  • I want to see the opposite-- what they do to your swords.

  • John, you're up first.

  • You ready to go?

  • Ready to go.

  • [dramatic music]

  • [grunt]

  • [grunt]

  • [grunt]

  • [grunt]

  • [grunt]

  • [grunt]

  • Nice job, John.

  • I like the blade.

  • The sword itself overall is on the heavy side.

  • The handle is a lot there--

  • a lot of extra weight.

  • It does help counterbalance quite a bit, though.

  • Still got a good edge on it.

  • There was some pretty heavy strikes on there.

  • And the blade bent but came back to true.

  • It's all right, tight, and straight.

  • Good job.

  • Thank you.

  • How you feeling, Chris?

  • Good as I can be, sir.

  • J. NEILSON: All right.

  • [dramatic music]

  • [shout]

  • Whoa!

  • [inaudible] right here.

  • MEDICAL MAN: Yeah.

  • You're good.

  • Oh [bleep].

  • MEDICAL MAN: Good-- no cuts, no blood.

  • CHRIS: [raspberry]

  • J. NEILSON: Lucky day.

  • [sigh]

  • [dramatic music]

  • Chris, your blade has suffered a catastrophic failure

  • in our strength test.

  • And unfortunately, you cannot continue with testing,

  • which means you cannot be the "Forged in Fire" champion.

  • Please exit the forge.

  • Come on forward, pal.

  • I did have a small issue when it got to my heat treat.

  • Sorry about that.

  • That's all right, man.

  • CHRIS: I didn't want to risk a second quench,

  • because I didn't want to make it overly brittle.

  • I do have some regret about that decision at this point.

  • Of course I would have liked to be the "Forged in Fire"

  • champion, but I am really proud of myself as a weapons maker.

  • And I plan on getting right back in my forge when I get home,

  • and I'm going to move forward as ever.

  • Well, John, General Patton was known for being a tough guy,

  • and you made a tough and sharp sword

  • that really honors his name.

  • Congratulations, you are the "Forged in Fire" champion,

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

  • Good job. [applause]

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you.

  • WIL WILLIS: How do you feel right now?

  • Oh yeah!

  • All right, man.

  • Come on over and shake our hands.

  • Good job, brother.

  • It's a beautiful sword.

  • Yeah!

  • I'm the new "Forged in Fire" champion.

  • You did a phenomenal job on that heat treat.

  • Thank you, sir.

  • I'm proud of what I did, and been a fun deal.

  • Hey, can I get a "Forged in Fire" belt buckle now?

  • No belt buckle?

  • Come on.

[dramatic music]

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