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  • Weslie, Kevin, congratulations.

  • You smiths are in the third and final round

  • of this competition.

  • Now, when you came here, we had you forge signature

  • blades to a nautical theme.

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

  • to recreate this iconic weapon from history.

  • That is the pira.

  • And I can tell by the look of feara on your faces,

  • you're not looking forward to this one.

  • Good luck, bladesmiths.

  • We'll see you in four days.

  • Good luck, man.

  • Good luck on you too.

  • This day one and we're about to get started on this pira.

  • I'm going to be making a Damascus.

  • It looks pretty.

  • Shows a bit of skill.

  • And I'm hoping that this Damascus will

  • beat out a monosteel blade.

  • OK, and into the forge we go.

  • I'm using 10 84 and 15 and 20 for my billets.

  • As I'm forge loading it, I'm looking for the scale

  • to start coming off as big flakes,

  • because that means that they've all welded together.

  • I'm going back between the forge, the power hammer.

  • It's hot, very hot.

  • It's the end of day one.

  • I've got my build all forged out,

  • but it's still really rough.

  • Still got a lot of work to do.

  • [music playing]

  • So I'm back in Ozark, Missouri,

  • in the shop I share with other local knivesmiths here.

  • And I'm going to be making and working on the pira.

  • Most of the knives that I make stop at the longest,

  • like, eight inches.

  • So just the size of it is rather daunting.

  • The smell of propane.

  • I want to be able to bring something to the judges

  • that they will say, wow.

  • So I decide to go with a Damascus pattern.

  • I am going to use 10 84 and 15 and 20.

  • I'm going to make a handful of small billets

  • that I will eventually combine.

  • One giant billet would be really hard to work with.

  • So I want to make the smaller billets to make it manageable.

  • I need the clean up the faces that will be touching,

  • simply because it'll help for a cleaner weld.

  • At the end of day one, I have five tiny billets that I will

  • be able to start with day two.

  • Put those together, and that will be the basis for my sword.

  • It looked awesome.

  • Start of day three, I got my handle shaped.

  • And I've even gotten a chance to start carving on it.

  • Today's agenda is heat treats.

  • Hopefully, I'll be able to keep it straight.

  • I pulled out the quench.

  • There's a little bit of warp in it.

  • It's pulling off to the right.

  • Son of a gun.

  • I open up the oven.

  • I take out the blade.

  • And the entire blade's cracked.

  • [beep] me.

  • [beep] me.

  • [beep] me.

  • This blade's done.

  • It must have been under so much stress that it just snapped.

  • It's time to get forging again.

  • Plan B is to just go on the monosteel.

  • I don't have time to make another billet of Damascus.

  • Just adrenaline pumping through me right about now.

  • It's just go, go, go.

  • I would have liked to have not broken

  • the blade I've been kind of working

  • on for the past two days.

  • But got another blade forged out in record time.

  • Ended up taking me a lot longer

  • to draw out my Damascus billet.

  • I've spent two full days making the steel

  • I need to even make this pira.

  • Today, I'm just nervous about getting this blade done.

  • I need to get this thing shaped.

  • I start to work in my swell.

  • But as I continue to stretch my metal,

  • I'm noticing that it is getting dangerously thin.

  • I stick it back to kind of straighten everything out,

  • and I just watch it lean.

  • It won't survive the quench.

  • It just won't.

  • So two and 1/2 days in, I'm starting over with a monosteel.

  • I grab my bar of 51 60 and into the forge it goes.

  • Having to start over halfway through day three is--

  • it sucks.

  • It really sucks.

  • But I'm going to push as hard as I can to get this thing done.

  • This is our day four.

  • Still got a lot of work to do.

  • I gotta basically finish the entire knife.

  • I'm going to fit up the guard.

  • From there, I just go into my handle

  • and just, you know, sanding everything,

  • making it all nice and smooth.

  • There you are.

  • I get on my wire wrap.

  • I carve a little relief going from the hole

  • to the outside of the handle.

  • That way, the wire will actually lay flush.

  • I also do a little trick where I just stick

  • a little toothpick in there to kind of mechanically

  • lock the wire.

  • I do edge one final time.

  • And with that, I'm done.

  • I can't wait to see what Doug does with it.

  • Day four, and I have to make a pira in basically one day.

  • I got the profile of the blade forged out.

  • I need to finish grinding.

  • I need to quench.

  • And I have to put the handle together.

  • Pull it out, and it's warped just a little bit.

  • At this point, I'll take it.

  • I start to work on my handle.

  • This handle is hard to do it because the tail is coming

  • off at a really weird angle.

  • The fitting of it, everything takes time

  • that I do not have right now.

  • I don't have the luxury of add pins.

  • But I've got to get it stuck together.

  • So five minute epoxy it is.

  • I'm done.

  • There's nothing else I can do.

  • I'm out of time.

  • I'm not turning in exactly what I wanted to turn in,

  • but there's no quit in me.

  • And because of that, I have a finished pira.

  • Bladesmiths, welcome to the kill test.

  • Your piras look very interesting.

  • Now it's time to find out how lethal they are.

  • To find that out, I will take your piras

  • and deliver some slashes and hacks on this boar carcass.

  • Kevin, you're up first.

  • You ready for this?

  • Oh, yeah.

  • Let's do this.

  • This is a big hog.

  • You know, it's got hide.

  • It's got bones.

  • It's got meat.

  • And I'm going to have to go through all of it.

  • Chills down my spine.

  • Butterflies in my stomach.

  • Hopefully, everything I did will hold up.

  • [music playing]

  • All right, Kevin, let's talk about your pira here.

  • You, sir, have captured the spirit of what

  • this weapon is all about.

  • The flair that you have there actually really allows

  • me to really get a good grip.

  • You have a forward weight, but it's

  • perfectly placed right where the sweet spot is, making every cut

  • very deep.

  • Nothing wrong with the edge.

  • It's still razor sharp, and it will kill.

  • Thank you.

  • All right, Weslie, ready to chop some pork?

  • Ready as I'll ever be.

  • All right, let's do it.

  • I am quite literally shaking in my boots.

  • This is a big pig.

  • All I can think is, my handle is going to bust in two.

  • I don't see a pin here.

  • Is there any mechanical connection at all that's

  • holding this right in there?

  • I didn't have time.

  • I understand.

  • There's no mechanical connection here.

  • Usually, when they whisper, this is a really bad sign.

  • I don't want to hold back.

  • Holding back is not a fair way to test it.

  • Weslie, this is always tough for any smith.

  • We understand that the problems you had at home

  • kind of bit you when it came to finishing that blade.

  • Right now, the handle of your blade is held in place by glue.

  • There are no mechanical connections in the handle.

  • A "Forged in Fire" champion would make sure

  • that their weapon is made to withstand

  • pushing a blade to the absolute limits of what's possible.

  • And unfortunately, we can't engage your weapon like that.

  • For that reason, please exit the forge.

  • Come on forward.

  • Thank you.

  • To push as hard as I felt like I pushed,

  • and get here and not have it tested, it's a bummer.

  • Good job.

  • I understand why and I agree, but I mean,

  • kind of would have been cool to at least see it

  • bust halfway through a pig.

  • But I was still able to at least present something

  • to them to show them that I don't quit.

  • I don't give up.

  • And I am very proud of myself for that.

  • Kevin, congratulations.

  • You are the "Forged in Fire" champion.

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

  • Good job, my friend.

  • You did fantastic work.

  • You deserve it.

  • Come over here and shake our hands.

  • To everybody who's ever dogged me, you know, here I am.

  • I'm standing champion of "Forged in Fire."

  • I would've liked to have gotten through all three tests.

  • But I've proven that not only do I make the stuff I make,

  • but I make it pretty damn good as well.

  • I just won "Forged in Fire."

  • [laughs] Oh, man.

Weslie, Kevin, congratulations.

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