In a special five-part competition, top bladesmiths from each branch of the US military Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy, compete to earn a spot representing their branch. 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 bladesmiths. Round one belongs to the Army, as four soldiers must forge the special forces V-42 stiletto. After a ruthless round of testing, two smiths are dispatched to their home forges to build a US Army Officer’s Sword. The winner secures a place at the Army Anvil, competing in the Battle of the Branches finale, where victory brings pride, glory and a $50,000 grand prize.