The WORST Episodes of Forged in Fire

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2021

Network: History

Forged in Fire features world-class bladesmiths competing against each other to create some of the most iconic edged weapons from history. In each episode, four of the best bladesmiths in the country will come together to put both their skills and reputations on the line. Whether they are making a Japanese katana, a medieval broadsword, or an ancient throwing blade like the chakram, the weapons they forge will be fully functional and lethal works of art and war. The unique histories contained within each weapon will be creatively told during the forging process and the final weapons themselves will be assessed and ruthlessly tested by our panel of expert judges. These dynamic and explosive tests will be individually designed to push the weapons to their absolute limit. One by one, the bladesmiths will be eliminated until only one remains to be crowned the champion.

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Baby Boomer vs Gen Z

#1 - Baby Boomer vs Gen Z

Season 7 - Episode 29 - Aired Apr 22, 2020

Baby Boomers and Gen Z-ers face off in the Old vs. New competition. After several intense rounds, two smiths head back to their home forges to recreate ancient China's Sword of Goujian, one of the most intact artifacts ever recovered by archaeologists. Which smith's sword is pristine enough to stand the test of time, earning the title of Forged in Fire Champion and $10,000?

star 7.28
80 votes
Napoleon's Saber

#2 - Napoleon's Saber

Season 6 - Episode 26 - Aired Aug 21, 2019

Four bladesmiths must start at the bottom when they are tasked with creating ladder pattern damascus knives from a real ladder. After they salvage their metal the competitors must go step-by-step to create this intricate design, which proves to be no easy feat. One smith struggles in the intense conditions to even make it out of Round one. When a second competitor falls after a brutal round of testing, the remaining two smiths head home to recreate a battle sword wielded by one of history’s military geniuses: Napoleon Bonaparte. Which smith can create a saber worthy of the Emperor himself, earning the title of Forged in Fire Champion and a prize of $10,000?

star 7.37
135 votes
Astronaut Knife

#3 - Astronaut Knife

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Jul 17, 2019

On the 50th anniversary of the first steps on the moon, four bladesmiths compete to recreate a space-age M-1 NASA Survival Knife out of ball bearings. These knives must not only be worthy of interstellar flight but also overcome a triple strength and durability test. Only bladesmiths with NASA worthy engineered blades will continue onto the third round to return home and construct a Spiked Mace. Which smith will blast off past the competition, earning the title of Forged in Fire Champion, and a check for $10,000?

star 7.39
147 votes
The Ikakalaka

#4 - The Ikakalaka

Season 7 - Episode 27 - Aired Apr 8, 2020

Four smiths determine their fate when they have to select a forging technique ranging from easy to difficult. They must choose wisely as their selection will directly impact their next round. Ultimately, two smiths must recreate the Ikakalaka African Sword.

star 7.40
80 votes
Samurai Showdown

#5 - Samurai Showdown

Season 7 - Episode 28 - Aired Apr 15, 2020

In this Samurai themed competition, four smiths must forge a Japanese tanto dagger. Summoning their inner warriors, the smiths fight to produce blades that are worthy of the samurai. Ultimately, two competitors return home to reproduce the deadly Sodegaramai. Which smith will snag the title of Forged in Fire Champion and win $10,000?

star 7.41
75 votes
The Kachin Dao

#6 - The Kachin Dao

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Aug 1, 2017

This competition isn't smooth sailing as the four bladesmiths must use steel from old nautical equipment to forge weld their signature blade, while being forced to do it using a metal inlay technique. After two turbulent rounds, two smiths propel to the final round where they have just five days to forge the Kachin Dao, a deadly headhunting sword. It's sink or swim as only one can rise above the tide to be named the Forged in Fire Champion.

star 7.44
330 votes
Veteran's Knife Special

#7 - Veteran's Knife Special

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 18, 2020

On this special episode, Forged in Fire salutes our nation's veterans. Four bladesmiths with ties to the military are tasked with re-creating four unique blades co-designed by distinguished vets, all using different techniques, during a grueling three hour forging competition. After a round of brutal testing, two smiths return home to make the patriotic American Eagle Head Sabre. The two final weapons will be pushed to their limits, but only one smith will be worthy of the title of champion and the prize of $10,000.

star 7.44
84 votes
Frankish Throwing Axes

#8 - Frankish Throwing Axes

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 11, 2019

Four smiths get ready for the ultimate showdown when they are tasked with forging a camp knife out of steel harvested from a barbecue. Temperatures run high as they must first figure out what steel is high carbon and what is mild. After their blades are grilled to perfection and have gone through an intense round of testing, only two smiths advance to their home forges to recreate a pair of Frankish Throwing Axes.

star 7.46
92 votes

#9 - Akrafena

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired May 9, 2017

Bladesmiths are tasked with forging a Kukri, the signature blade of master smith and judge, Jason Knight. After two rounds of mishaps and mischief, two smiths forge ahead in the final challenge to reproduce a distinctive African sword, the Akrafena.

star 7.48
376 votes
Medieval Mystery Sword

#10 - Medieval Mystery Sword

Season 8 - Episode 24 - Aired Jun 16, 2021

In this mysterious competition, four smiths won't know what material they're working with until they open up a crate and discover one of any number of salvaged metals inside. After a brutal round off testing, two smiths return home to recreate a weapon that's been puzzling historians for centuries--the Medieval Sword of Mystery. The smiths' skills are pushed to their limits, but only one will crack the code to win $10,000 and the title of Forged in Fire Champion.

star 7.48
56 votes
Lion Spear

#11 - Lion Spear

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Jun 5, 2018

Four bladesmiths must figure out how to hack it when they are tasked with crafting a hatchet from pieces of odd shaped steel. After several forging failures, parameter mishaps, and intense conditions — only two smiths head back to their home forges where they must recreate the deadly Maasai Lion Spear. Who will come out roaring and leave with $10,000 and the pride of becoming a Forged in Fire Champion?

star 7.50
205 votes
The Spanish Conquistador Sword

#12 - The Spanish Conquistador Sword

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 22, 2020

Four smiths are faced with recreating the WWII Special Forces Smatchet knife. A knife famous for its versatility on the battlefield. After two rounds and two competitors being eliminated the two remaining smiths head back to their home forges to recreate the infamous Spanish Conquistador sword. Find out which smith will join the ranks of Forged in Fire champions and return home with the $10,000 prize.

star 7.50
84 votes
The Ram Dao

#13 - The Ram Dao

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Jun 26, 2019

Four bladesmiths are dispatched to the snowy winter tundra to forge a kukri with steel harvested from an old snowmobile. Provided with no power tools, the smiths might fight to forge their blades with just hand tools and the dreaded coal forge. After a physically and mentally exhausting outdoor round, one smith is eliminated before ever reaching the comfort of the indoor forge. At the forge, another contestant is eliminated after a particularly brutal round of testing. The two remaining smiths head home to forge a massive and intricate sacrificial sword from South Asia: the Ram Dao. Which smith can bring back a sword worthy of the Hindu Gods, secure a check for $10,000, and the title of Forged in Fire Champion?

star 7.50
145 votes
The Lochaber Axe

#14 - The Lochaber Axe

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Jul 24, 2019

It's a battle royale for four bladesmiths when they are tasked with forging signature blades with an integral knuckle duster from a steel cage and barbed wire. Getting a solid billet from these steels is a challenge all on its own, but forging a functional handle from the same piece is a whole different story. After two frantic rounds and a brutal weapons test, two finalists return to their home forges for one final challenge. They must recreate one of Scotland's most famous and feared weapons: the Lochaber Axe. Which axe will lock in the title of Forged In Fire Champion and take home the $10,000 prize?

star 7.52
127 votes
The Bhuj

#15 - The Bhuj

Season 6 - Episode 27 - Aired Aug 28, 2019

A quartet of bladesmiths are tasked with making canister damascus using barbershop tools, but before the knife making can begin, they must harvest their cans from an old barber's chair. Things get hairy as one competitor must restart with only 45 minutes left. Then, after an intense round of testing, the remaining two competitors head back to their home forges to re-create a weapon that's as fierce as it is fine: the Bhuj. Which smith's blade will make the cut, earning the title of Forged in Fire Champion and a check for $10,000?

star 7.53
129 votes
Charlemagne's Sword

#16 - Charlemagne's Sword

Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 15, 2020

Four smiths crack open crucibles to reveal surprise metals they'll be using to forge signature blades. After a tense round, one smith is sent packing while the three remaining competitors are tasked with casting bronze guards. Only two survive and move on to their home forges to recreate the legendary sword of King Charlemagne: the Joyeuse. Which Smith's sword will be fit for a king?

star 7.54
95 votes
Military History Tribute (Naval Cutlass)

#17 - Military History Tribute (Naval Cutlass)

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired May 28, 2018

In a special military themed episode, four bladesmiths, all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, dive into the fray when they are tasked with forging a combat knife from an anti-tank hedgehog. After two grueling rounds of competition filled with frustration and a medical emergency, the final two smiths advance and head back to their home forges to recreate another military favorite, the M1917 Naval Cutlass. Which veteran has the mettle to drive to glory and earn the rank of Forged in Fire Champion?

star 7.54
210 votes
The Nimcha

#18 - The Nimcha

Season 7 - Episode 30 - Aired Apr 29, 2020

Four smiths are tasked with forging signature blades from scrap metal shavings. After two intense rounds, the remaining smiths head home to recreate the Nimcha, a sword traditionally made from recycled blades. Which smith will get scrappy to produce a weapon worthy of $10,000 and the title of Forged in Fire Champion?

star 7.55
66 votes
Japanese Ono

#19 - Japanese Ono

Season 7 - Episode 33 - Aired Jul 22, 2020

Four smiths are tasked with forging a blade that must fit perfectly into a puzzle piece cut out. After two puzzling rounds, the final two smiths return home to recreate the ancient samurai pole axe, the Japanese Ono. Which smith's weapon will chop down the competition earning them the title of Forged in Fire Champion and $10,000?

star 7.55
64 votes
The Kabyle Flyssa

#20 - The Kabyle Flyssa

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 10, 2018

Parts from a salvaged cannon are used to make signature blades, and in the end, two smiths re-create the North African Kabyle flyssa in a final round, which will determine whose blade launches them to becoming the next champion.

star 7.55
220 votes
Revolutionary War Spontoon

#21 - Revolutionary War Spontoon

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 13, 2019

Four smiths spring into action when they are tasked with creating signature blades from different sized springs. The smiths battle through two tough rounds, fighting through canisters and failing forge welds for an opportunity to learn forward in the competition. After a brutal testing bout, the two remaining smiths head home to recreate one of the most distinguishing weapons of the Revolutionary War: the Sergeant's Spontoon. Which smith will survive the battery of tests to earn the title of Forges in Fire Champion and $10,000?

star 7.56
111 votes
The Landsknecht Sword

#22 - The Landsknecht Sword

Season 5 - Episode 29 - Aired Sep 26, 2018

Four bladesmiths are floored when they must craft a signature blade from a massive piece of elevator cable. It's dirty work forging the oily cable into a blade as the smiths battle delaminations and inclusions. After surviving two tough rounds of testing, the final two competitors return home to recreate a sword wielded by some of history's fiercest soldiers: the Two-Handed Landsknecht Sword.

star 7.56
189 votes
Redemption / Viking Sword

#23 - Redemption / Viking Sword

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 14, 2017

Four previously eliminated bladesmiths return to the forge for a shot at redemption, but they face a challenge that will make their climb to the top more difficult than they imagined. After two rounds of competition with shocking eliminations, the two remaining smiths face off to recreate a sword known for its devastating strength–the Viking sword. With $10,000 on the line, which smith will survive a grueling round of testing and finally be crowned Forged in Fire champion?

star 7.56
372 votes
The Yatagan

#24 - The Yatagan

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Sep 12, 2017

The smiths are tasked with turning the rusted steel of a 1971 Mercury Cougar into their signature blade in just three hours. Two competitors create an elite military weapon known as the Yatagan.

star 7.56
310 votes
The Jian Sword

#25 - The Jian Sword

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 23, 2019

Four smiths get thrown into the mix when they must Frankenstein a blade from one knife and combine it with a different weapon’s handle. The pressure is on as these hybrid knives will have to perform and survive the brutal tests ahead. After an intense two rounds of forging two unnatural elements together–two smiths head back to their home forges to recreate one of the oldest, deadliest, and elegant blades in history: the Chinese Jian. Which smith will earn the honor of being named a Forged in Fire Champion and receive the $10,000 prize?

star 7.57
147 votes