This creative competition features talented blade smiths using their skills to create metal weapons using a range of tools, materials, and techniques. As they compete, brief information about some of their techniques, and the history-inspired blades they are tasked with recreating, including the Kora Sword, the Boar Spear, and The Kpinga, is offered. The testing of these weapons against things like stone, steal, ice, dead fish and animal carcasses also creates some interesting moments.
The successful series has inspired spinoffs like Forged in Fire: Beat The Judges, and Forged In Fire: Road To Redemption. Meanwhile, over the years it has seen some cast changes, including Grady Powell as the show's new host, and the appearance of judges like Ben Abbott and Jason Knight. But despite it's popularity, Forged In Fire has received some negative attention, thanks to people unsuccessfully trying replicate what they see on the show, and due to some of its more controversial contestants. But the overall series is rooted in history, and if you're interested in smithing or weaponry, there is something to be learned from it.