Swords may not be the weapon of choice for many people nowadays, with more advanced weaponry readily available, but that doesn’t stop some from continuing to work as blade smiths. Former Army Ranger Wil Willis, hosts the competition series that sees four master blade smiths challenged in each episode to forge the swords and then tested by a panel of judges consisting of J. Neilson, who has been making knives for more than 20 years, Doug Marcaida a hand to hand combat specialist, and David Baker who is an authority on replicating period accurate weaponry. The contestant who survives the elimination rounds and wins the episode’s contest earns $10,000 and the title of Forged in Fire champion.