Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Reality that Lives in Fire


Forged in Fire (2015)
A Skilled Blade Smith

Ask yourself. What do the following have in common:

The Bachelor, Project Runway, Cake Wars,  Cupcake Wars, Ice Truck Drivers,  Civil War Gold, Trading Spaces, Survivor, Dancing with the Stars...

Reality shows, of course. The past decades have shown an explosion of everyday people and celebrities baring their souls in one way or another.  

We have discovered a reality show where the participants are skilled and dedicated to their profession. Nothing fancy happens here.  It is earthy, sharing a lifetime of honing their skills and passion. To call Forged in Fire a reality show is an insult because these are skilled men and women handling a forge, anvil, and hammer to draw out creations from red-hot glowing steel.




Creating knives and weapons from history is enlightening and enthralling. War and blood, fire and steel, millennia and today--all are wrapped up in this reality show. It is not advocating violence in any way. It is providing an eye to view how history itself was forged.

One forger said, "Failure is not fatal and success is not final." This statement sums up the character of these blade-smiths.



24 comments:

  1. I've watched that one.....pretty good stuff.

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    1. The years many contestants have devoted to blade/black -smithing speaks of their love for this time-old skill.

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  2. Dear Susan, I so enjoyed your posting text and the video. I've been interested for over 40 years in glassmaking--the blowing of glass heated in a forge--but I've never really thought about metal/steel and forging. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I do not have cable TV so I won't be able to watch the show--which I'd love to do--but I can learn more I'm sure. Thanks for getting me started! Peace.

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    1. Glass blowing! That is an art, for sure.

      You can watch this on YouTube on computer! I discovered that when writing this post.

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  3. I'll have to look out for this. I can see how it would be fascinating.

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    1. It is on History Channel, along with many other excellent shows.

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  4. We get it here.
    I am impressed at the skills required but wish that they didn't devote so many of the tests to ensuring that the blades 'will kill'.

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    1. Since weapons and knives are meant to do maximum damage, Doug always tests the knives as capable of killing. His signature "It will keel" is something all look forward to hearing.

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    2. We get it here? Which channel? What day?

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    3. It is also found on YouTube. There are full episodes and snippets available. I loved the highlights of judges' lives!

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  5. Skills are one thing and are impressive indeed, but a lot of the reality crap is about as real as a kids show. When you have writers, reality goes out the window.

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    1. It amazes me how these reality shows are so insipid. Even cupcake wars, which serve some purpose, are so formulaic.

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  6. Where I grew up in a suburb of Stockholm when suburbs were still mostly country, there was a forge nearby. We walked by it back and forth to school and were all so fascinated by the work of the blacksmiths. I don't watch much TV so I will probably miss this, but thanks for bringing back some old memories.

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    1. How wonderful that you were able to see the real blacksmiths at work!

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  7. Ah, the History Channel. My Retired Man loves that stuff. He once watched a two hour program on the history of wood.

    I like Naked and Afraid on National Geographic. I don’t know why, but I am fascinated by it and what horrible things humans will endure to get on TV.

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    1. Naked and Afraid is crazy. History Channel has amazing topics available. Wood would be fine.

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  8. I think that would be interesting to watch, but not week after week, forever without end, like many of the reality shows out here. "My Kitchen Rules" is in its fifth year I think and now is far less about cooking and much more about snide bitching and fighting, name calling etc. I don't watch it, never have, but I see the promos in the ad breaks of shows I do watch. I honestly don't see why this rubbish is so popular.

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    1. You are so right. Some reality shows morph into junk. That is when the ratings fall.

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  9. Amazing work. I know for certain, I would never be able to stand the heat.

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    1. Absolutely. there are some competitors that have to leave the forge, and one or two have been zoomed away. Those are men who weren't healthy anyway.

      Men and women are shown emptying bottles of water on themselves and drinking one after the other. One commented that he never had to urinate during the hours of heat.

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  10. Artisans for sure. I'm surprised there're folks left that still do this.

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    1. Farriers are busy people. Shoeing horses is a good occupation. There are many vendors at who show their work. Also, many chefs use these crazy sharp blades. So, it won't be a dying art, I hope.

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  11. Theres so many inventive nations forging things because we need them, but otoh... The world spends up to 1/2 a trillion preparing for wars we dare not fight but imagine what good could be forged if leaders paused and thought, hold on a second. Lets be friends.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!