Forged in Fire

The WORST episodes of Forged in Fire

Every episode of Forged in Fire ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Forged in Fire!

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.

Last Updated: 8/9/2022Network: History
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Baby Boomer vs Gen Z
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7.30
89 votes

#1 - Baby Boomer vs Gen Z

Season 7 - Episode 29 - Aired 4/22/2020

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?

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Blackout
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7.35
26 votes

#2 - Blackout

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/6/2022

Four smiths must forge signature blades from W-1 steel without the aid of any electricity (i.e., in candlelight during a "blackout"). The two finalists return to their home forges to recreate the blunt-tipped Sword of Mercy, the English blade still used today for coronations.

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The Gaucho's Revenge
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7.35
31 votes

#3 - The Gaucho's Revenge

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/1/2022

In this competition, we pay homage to the cowboys of South America--the Gauchos. Four smiths lasso up their skills to recreate the iconic Gaucho knife. The two smiths who survive an intense round of testing then must gallop home to forge the ornate Argentinian Saber.

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Medieval Mystery Sword
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7.39
69 votes

#4 - Medieval Mystery Sword

Season 8 - Episode 24 - Aired 6/16/2021

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.

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Crushed Car Challenge
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7.40
40 votes

#5 - Crushed Car Challenge

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/30/2022

In a new twist on the classic car challenge, four smiths have to create a knife from the most mangled mess of a vehicle ever seen on the forge floor. After their weapons are driven to the brink in an intense round of testing, the two surviving smiths return to their home forges to recreate two of the most unique weapons from history--a matched set of curved katars.

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Napoleon's Saber
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7.40
141 votes

#6 - Napoleon's Saber

Season 6 - Episode 26 - Aired 8/21/2019

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?

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Astronaut Knife
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7.41
153 votes

#7 - Astronaut Knife

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired 7/17/2019

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?

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Revolutionary War Forge
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7.44
25 votes

#8 - Revolutionary War Forge

Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/15/2022

Four bladesmiths go back in time to the Revolutionary War to forge a Rifleman's Knife. After an intense round of testing, two smiths return home to recreate an even more iconic weapon of the revolution: The Continental Cavalry Sabre.

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Samurai Showdown
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7.44
84 votes

#9 - Samurai Showdown

Season 7 - Episode 28 - Aired 4/15/2020

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?

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The Kachin Dao
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7.46
337 votes

#10 - The Kachin Dao

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 8/1/2017

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.

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The Ikakalaka
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7.47
89 votes

#11 - The Ikakalaka

Season 7 - Episode 27 - Aired 4/8/2020

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.

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Blades Gone Wild
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7.47
36 votes

#12 - Blades Gone Wild

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/27/2022

Get ready for Blades Gone Wild...because it's all about wilderness blades on this Forged in Fire. In round one, four bladesmiths are tasked with forging a Saw Back machete out of steel tent stakes. After two grueling rounds of testing, two smiths return to their home forges to create a deadly Malaysian backcountry tool and weapon, the infamous, Parang Nabur, that's been hacking its way through Pacific jungles for over a hundred years.

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Akrafena
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7.50
380 votes

#13 - Akrafena

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/9/2017

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.

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Frankish Throwing Axes
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7.50
98 votes

#14 - Frankish Throwing Axes

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/11/2019

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.

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Gladiators of the Forge: A Champion's Quest
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7.50
24 votes

#15 - Gladiators of the Forge: A Champion's Quest

Season 9 - Episode 16 - Aired 7/27/2022

In the fourth episode of a five-part event, it's back to the Forged in Fire Gladiator Arena for two more sudden death battles. Our defending champion currently has four wins under his belt but will face his toughest challenge yet forging the very weapon used to assassinate Julius Caesar, the Pugio Daggers. Will our victor vanquish his opponent or will his reign finally end?

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The Lochaber Axe
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7.51
134 votes

#16 - The Lochaber Axe

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired 7/24/2019

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?

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Gladiators of the Forge:  Vikings vs. Gladiators
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7.52
31 votes

#17 - Gladiators of the Forge: Vikings vs. Gladiators

Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired 7/20/2022

In the third episode of a five-part event, it's back to the Forged in Fire Colosseum for two more intense one-on-one battles. The defending champion has taken down two opponents, including a two-time Gladiator of the Forge. Now our champions sights are set on a new challenger and a new weapon, a Gladiator favorite--the deadly Sica. Who will emerge victorious from the Forged in Fire Colosseum and who will go down in defeat?

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Lion Spear
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7.52
209 votes

#18 - Lion Spear

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired 6/5/2018

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?

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Veteran's Knife Special
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7.53
108 votes

#19 - Veteran's Knife Special

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/18/2020

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.

The Ram Dao
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7.54
153 votes

#20 - The Ram Dao

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired 6/26/2019

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?

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The Bhuj
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7.55
135 votes

#21 - The Bhuj

Season 6 - Episode 27 - Aired 8/28/2019

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?

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Military History Tribute (Naval Cutlass)
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7.55
215 votes

#22 - Military History Tribute (Naval Cutlass)

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/28/2018

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?

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Sheet Metal Challenge
star
7.56
36 votes

#23 - Sheet Metal Challenge

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/20/2022

Four bladesmiths get scrappy when they are given thin sheet metal to forge a knife. After a brutal round of testing, two smiths return home to recreate a razor sharp Serrated Indian Sabre.

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The Landsknecht Sword
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7.56
194 votes

#24 - The Landsknecht Sword

Season 5 - Episode 29 - Aired 9/26/2018

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.

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Redemption / Viking Sword
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7.56
375 votes

#25 - Redemption / Viking Sword

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/14/2017

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?

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