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Forged in FIre

#341 User is offline   Briar King 

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Posted 02 January 2021 - 08:21 PM

Pretty cool ep last week. Iím not a huge fan of J but I ll be dammed if I wonít give him kudos on the look of his chopper. Those patterns he got in it where dope as fuck.

Also is it my imagination that after all these years of seeing these people swing others peoples metal that it kinda looked they werenít swinging their own at 100? Still hard but not full on. Maybe Iím mistaken and itís all the lesser quality Zoom shots they kept mixing in.
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Posted 04 January 2021 - 01:58 AM

Finally saw this episode and really enjoyed it. If they were selecting a winner, I'd say Ben's sword was it. The intricacy of how to produce that look in the blade was unbelievable, I dont care how much time is allowed. Dave's basket hilt sword would be #2, with Jay's chopper 3rd for me. Not that it wasn't a beautifully made piece, just my least favorite type of knife.


I think there may have been a slight easing of violence in the testing. Not to the point that damage would have been averted, but just enough to tell they were fearful of damage to such hard and beautiful work. I really dont blame them a bit.
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Posted 04 January 2021 - 05:57 AM

Ben won on forging techniques. All the steps to get that design in the blade and his execution of his project plan was c'est magnifique.

Dave would take the winner for intricate, artisan, historian of the craft. That basket and his library he was pulling knowledge from shows how much of a weapons nerd he is.

J. does what J. does. Of the pieces created, his was boring but would have the must utility and function and application in the real world. And you damn well know that chopper would last. Get to the chawpuh! Predewtor J. is bring-eeng owt da bull skoals!
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Posted 25 February 2021 - 07:49 PM

New episode. The final home forge challenge was Russian forces Spetsnaz shovels. Interesting, and cool that they are getting some variety in there. That one set of shovels was pretty wicked. The other not so much.

The new host (I call him fat Captain America) really making an attempt at impressing us with his Tool Time (handy with tools) tie in with some new show on History channel hosted by Tim Allen.

Also, heh, Spetsnaz. Got me thinking about when I used to play Call of Duty Black Ops. The best Call of Duty game series in the CoD universe.
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Posted 25 February 2021 - 08:57 PM

I'm only catching up on this show now, so I've loads to go through before getting up to where you have this new host.

Just watched an episode from season 5 which had 3 lovely blades made, so the elimination was really tough. In the end you had a 19 yr old vs a 22 year old trying to make a metal crossbow. Really tricky thing to make I thought compared to the various blades they normally get.

They did show some of the Beat the Judges episodes on the channel as well and they were fantastic. Love seeing how good the judges actually are. Was kinda surprised at how good David Baker was, just cruised through his forging, cool as a breeze.

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 02:28 AM

Be looking out for the challenge the judges episodes, those are very good. Any of the episodes where J., Dave and Ben get involved with forging are worth watching. The normal regular weekly grind episodes (and there are a lot of them) are up and down in quality (maybe more down of late, imo). Final weapon challenge is first and foremost the criteria that determines whether I will watch intently. And then the initial competition, if it throws in some neat twists.
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Posted 05 March 2021 - 12:41 AM

Novel approach in last night's episode; allowing the contestants to determine the parameters of the opening challenge. But why would you agree to a more challenging handle requirement? K.I.S.S. principle is the way to go - Keep It Simple Stupid. Final weapon was badass, but I was not impressed with the results. I gotta say though, Doug Marcaida gets down with the knife velocity and slicing that results from his aggro approach during that first segment. Dude outright goes H.A.M. on that shizznit. Surprised the dude hasn't thrown a shoulder out doing that test.
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Posted 05 March 2021 - 12:44 AM

Iíve found em quite boring lately.
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Posted 05 March 2021 - 02:31 AM

Still back watching seasons 5 & 6 on the TV here, so i've a long way to go (and ive missed the earlier seasons). Just saw all the battle of the branches eps. (Army vs Navy vs Marines vs Airforce)

I'm still really enjoying it, but that's probably cos they are still introducing enough wrinkles in the opening round to keep it interesting for me. But the quality of the contestants really does vary from episode to episode and that can be frustrating. I always find it amazing that you can have people going on a show who seem to have never watched an episode, and are then shocked by the challenges.

I'll probably keep rationing out the episodes, as I'm finding them very easy viewing when not in the mood for anything complicated.

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 05:01 AM

There is a very noticeable dip in the quality of the contestants starting on the really long season. Idk if it was S5 or S6 now but it was a insane ep count from the others. I quite like when the do the battle of the so and so 5 week $50K prizes.
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Posted 05 March 2021 - 09:43 PM

View PostMalankazooie, on 05 March 2021 - 12:41 AM, said:

Novel approach in last night's episode; allowing the contestants to determine the parameters of the opening challenge. But why would you agree to a more challenging handle requirement? K.I.S.S. principle is the way to go - Keep It Simple Stupid. Final weapon was badass, but I was not impressed with the results. I gotta say though, Doug Marcaida gets down with the knife velocity and slicing that results from his aggro approach during that first segment. Dude outright goes H.A.M. on that shizznit. Surprised the dude hasn't thrown a shoulder out doing that test.



I couldn't say how far back, though I think its at least a couple seasons, but I recall Doug bringing his brother out to do the kill tests for multiple episodes while Doug's either arm or shoulder was recovering from an injury/surgery of some kind...
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Posted 05 March 2021 - 10:22 PM

S5 iirc
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Posted 11 March 2021 - 03:22 PM

I guess itís time I admit to myself Iím in the process of quitting this show. For weeks now I am just fast forwarding to Dougs kill test.

Time to let it go.
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Posted 11 March 2021 - 06:48 PM

View PostBriar King, on 11 March 2021 - 03:22 PM, said:

I guess it's time I admit to myself I'm in the process of quitting this show. For weeks now I am just fast forwarding to Dougs kill test.

Time to let it go.



Its hard to argue your point. I'm not fast forwarding yet but am getting rather disappointed with a good amount of the results being achieved due to lack of quality. And its harder to take now since its happening AFTER they showed us the stellar work in the challenge the judges eps and the challenge between judges eps.



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Posted 11 March 2021 - 09:02 PM

What a mystery that episode was <<< see what I did there?

I'm convinced some of the contestants' only experience with blacksmithing is that shop class they took in high school. And this aint some baking show where the failures can be funny. The failures in FiF are sad, awkward and cringe evoking.

The episode had probably the best failure though; at the hands of David Baker. *GOOOOONG! *boi-yoi-iiiiing!

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Posted 13 March 2021 - 07:22 AM

Just wanted to drop by and say that Forged in Fire is currently the only worthwhile show on History Channel, as it actually IS related to history. My favourite part is when the contestants are occasionally made to work without the advantages of modern technology.
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Posted 15 April 2021 - 12:45 PM

That was a weird one for a final challenge - "Elephant Tusk Sword".

Was wondering how they were going to be tested. Would have been cool if they somehow incorporated real elephants.

The winner made a stunningly beautiful piece. Just 19 years old too.
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Posted 21 April 2021 - 07:31 PM

Final challenge in tonight's new episode is something called the "gruesome Bastard Sword." I'll probably watch it.
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Posted 21 April 2021 - 08:00 PM

View PostMalankazooie, on 15 April 2021 - 12:45 PM, said:

That was a weird one for a final challenge - "Elephant Tusk Sword".

Was wondering how they were going to be tested. Would have been cool if they somehow incorporated real elephants.

The winner made a stunningly beautiful piece. Just 19 years old too.



We've seen a few 18 and 19 year olds do quite well on this show and even win a couple times. I agree that this19 year old produced a beautiful piece. I was impressed.



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Posted 22 April 2021 - 05:25 PM

Well that was a corny episode - WWE tie-in with Rick Flair.

The final forging for the bastard sword wasn't even really highlighted. Sometimes I think these guys, when they get to their home, just order the piece already prefabricated and only work on the final finish. It was fun to watch David Baker in the kill test though. Those tests in the first round were cheesy. J. Neilson got to smash a folding chair on the knives... ooooh, how creative! /s

Am I the only one who thinks it's sad when entertainers who are known for only one thing are still doing their schtick into old age? Like is that guy who played Urkel going to be saying "did I do that?" well into his 80s?

Also, is Ben Abbott off the show? I like J. Neilson, but we need Ben to break up J's assholery. Need that break and have happy go lucky Ben in there. J. is brutal, but too much can be detrimental. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
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