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Since then, the show has managed to have several female smiths on, and a few have even won the episode and walked away with the $10,000 prize. So in order to spend some time with her, Healy would sit and watch those culinary shows, and he began to wonder how he could do a "cooking competition show without cooking" (now that's some outside-the-box thinking). By: ETN Editorial Desk - Published: March 21, 2018 at 9:28 am | Last Updated: From hunters and military members, to competition shooters and general firearm enthusiasts, we welcome anyone who values and respects the way of the firearm. What happened to the longtime host, Wil Willis? You're not just wandering the local mall asking people if they want to come make a 12th-century Crusader sword and maybe win some money, after all. Wil Willis, the host of 'Forged in Fire' (History) Willis was a US Army Ranger for 4 years and an Air Force Pararescueman for around 10 years. Outpost Entertainment is a subsidiary of Leftfield Pictures. So most of these smiths could probably use that cash. For example, Gabe Mabry told The Stanly News & Press that before being a contestant, his bladesmithing was a side hustle he did along with several other jobs, but after being on the show, he was able to begin bladesmithing full time. History channel’s Forged in Fire is one of the most exciting reality TV shows. So, what happened to J. Neilson on Forged in Fire? There are only four female Master Bladesmiths in the country, after all. I wish they would've somehow got the guy from Top Shot to host in his absence. There has been no official confirmation from the History channel or from Neilson about him leaving the show. After applying to be on the show and sitting for multiple interviews via phone and video, he had to actually forge a blade to the producers' specifications and submit photos of the finished product. This new guy is hard to watch and listen to, honestly. Well, folks, it appears that J. Neilson is not going anywhere after all! Neilson was one of the judges on Forged in Fire, along with David Baker and Doug Marcaida. The media is not yet settled on his exact date of birth. Meet the cast of Forged in Fire on HISTORY. When Tim Healy, head of programming and development at the History Channel and the creator of Forged in Fire, was first spinning up the idea for reality series, he just imagined a show where people created "weapons" from scratch. Standing 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 meters) tall; Wil was born into a military family. As of 2020, Jason Knight’s net worth can be estimated to be anywhere around $1 million to $3 million . The news about Wil Willis not being the host of the show’s eighth season surfaced when the season’s promo was released. Of course, the heat is part of the challenge, and experienced bladesmiths are used to working under similar conditions, but that isn't magic protection against succumbing to the intense, baking heat of the set. So the gun aspect was put aside in favor of the bladed weapons approach the show has found so successful. In 2009, Wil was asked to serve as the host Special Ops Mission and Triggers; Weapons That Changed the World. It's the heat. That's why the History Channel's Forged in Fire — in which bladesmiths compete to make various knives, swords, and other bladed weapons — is such a success. The specific idea to have the contestants create bladed weapons came later. Some are ugly, some are easily broken, and some simply don't do the one thing a blade is supposed to do — cut. A new season of Forged in Fire premieres on November 18, after the exciting spinoff, Forged in Fire: Beat the Judges, wrapped up its first season this year. What happened to Wil on Forged in Fire? But according to reality TV writer Andy Dehnart of Reality Blurred, it's also 100 percent false. Every week on Forged in Fire, four bladesmiths accept the challenge of making whatever weapon the show chooses, and the winner receives $10,000. Forged in Fire is a series which airs on the History channel. Season eight is up with some great stories as well as a bunch of new cast members. And that's also true for Forged in Fire. History's Greatest Mysteries 1 Episodes. That sounds reasonable, especially when you've got a bunch of people making something terrifying like a Moro kris. Jason Knight was passionate on the forge since his young age. He may be on a break right now, but we can’t wait to see him make a big comeback on Forged in Fire. However, Healy really wanted a fresh group of smiths every week instead of Runway's fixed cast in order to take a deeper dive into the culture surrounding the craft. If you're wondering how someone comes up with the idea for a TV show about sweaty people beating slabs of metal into useful and often beautiful weapons, wonder no more: You hang out with your teenage kids and pay attention. Kicking off in 2015, the bladesmith TV show is still going in 2020. The series aired on the Military Channel and Wil served as the host from 2009 to 2013. Neilson came back for the premiere of the fourth season. He also has two children from his previous marriage. Shawn Morse, the mayor, called it (via the New York Daily News) "the worst disaster this city has ever seen." Keep reading to find out more. The show has made a real effort to increase the number of female smiths, though, and producer Tim Healy explained (via Decider) that in season one, it was hard enough to find any bladesmiths willing to come on the show because it was an unknown quantity. In fact, Audra Draper become the first female Master Bladesmith just 20 years ago. In other words, according to the rumors, contestants don't get to keep the weapons they worked so hard for. Wil Willis, the former Army Ranger, has been the host of Forged in Fire since it began. Yet, much of it has been spent trying to stave off boredom in lockdown at home. Did he leave the show? AR15.COM is the world’s largest firearm community and is a gathering place for firearm enthusiasts of all types. This show encourages previous Forged in Fire champions to face off against one of … Contestant Gabriel Mabry of Doberman Forge detailed some of the steps he had to go through, including answering a questions about metallurgy and doing both an interview and a background check. Wil has not yet addressed his absence from the show yet. In today's Ask Andy, when The Last Alaskans will return, what Forged in Fire does with its weapons, and why Worst Cooks in America's make sense on The Great Food Truck Race. The fifth season of Forged in Fire premiered in early March. In the show, they either host or judge a competition for amateur bladesmith with a $10,000 reward. Unsurprisingly, the History Channel dismisses such worries, noting that there's no evidence of any link between the show and crime rates involving knives or otherwise. He works on forging blades in his workshop in Towanda, Pennsylvania. The most artificial part of the show is probably in the prop department. Alone 26 Episodes. According to The New York Times, the fire got out of control, and the winds did the rest, spreading the fire to Gomes' home and then nearby apartment buildings, eventually driving nearly 30 people from their homes. In each episode, four bladesmiths compete to win $10,000 (and the championship title of the day) by forging weapons. As a knifemaker for over 20 years, Neilson is one of the best in the trade. When the weapons must be put to the task, the… His father used to read him a story of giants and dragons. Still, appearing on the show has other benefits. But equally impressive are the credentials and works produced by the Forged in Fire judges. In each episode, four bladesmiths compete in a three-round elimination contest to forge bladed weapons, with the overall winner receiving $10,000 and the show's championship title "Forged in Fire Champion". First, here’s a short introduction to J. Neilson for those of you who are new to Forged in Fire. For their part, the judges don't seem worried about inspiring the youths to violence. In other words, the magic of editing means you might not be shown some absolutely essential but visually dull (or time-consuming) part of the process. Forged in Fire’s newest judge is Ben Abbott, a two-time Forged in Fire winner. For example, The Sun has reported that some police organizations feel the show "glorifies violence" and might be an especially bad influence on kids. Neilson was one of the judges on Forged in Fire, along with David Baker and Doug Marcaida. But the trailer for the upcoming season hints at a new host. Beyond Oak Island 3 Episodes. What Happened to Doug Marcaida? To be fair, the ‘Forged in Fire‘s cast are distinguishable men in the world of sword and knife-making. He said that it was a non-knife-related injury that happened about eight or nine years ago. While reality shows work hard to hide a lot of the boring details from the viewer (and thank goodness) it obviously takes a lot of skill to get cast on any show focused on a craft like bladesmithing. A subreddit dedicated to discussion surrounding the 'Forged in Fire' TV show … While the contestants are provided plenty of water and encouraged to drink it (and to take breaks), the show has had several cases of heat exhaustion, and there's been at least one episode (season four's "The Katzbalger") where a contestant collapsed, suffering chest pains and heading to the hospital instead of completing the challenge. The Curse of Oak Island 6 Episodes. So another master knifemaker, Jason Knight, filled in for Neilson. The show airs on the History channel, and is produced by Outpost Entertainment. Swamp People: Serpent Invasion 7 Episodes. Still… Each episode is exciting because of the challenges posed to the competitors, not because of their personality conflicts. Wil Willis Is Not Part of New Forged in Fire Season. 26 votes, 18 comments. That's pretty good money even when you take the extreme effort involved into account, both in making the weapon and even getting on the show in the first place (which requires several interviews, taking a metallurgy test, and creating a sample blade, all of which is uncompensated). The show Forged in Fire was Wil's big break, which only continues to bring him new opportunities, as he is also the host of the spin-off show, Forged in Fire: Beat the Judges. Grady Powell replaced Wil Willis when he stepped in as the host of Forged in Fire season 8. According to his Instagram handle, in March 2020 the Forged in Fire host welcomed his first child with his wife, artist Krystle Amina. Bladesmithing is a time-consuming craft requiring a lot of specialized stuff. However, the three "losing" smiths get nothing, aside from a trip to New York City and being on television, of course. According to The Guardian, crimes involving bladed weapons rose seven percent in 2019 — nearly 45,000 cases in just 12 months. Envato Elements Pressmaster The best reality television focuses on talent. The show just isn’t the same without him, so here’s hoping for a speedy recovery and a quick return! What happened to Wil Willis? It’s been a year for the books. The man named John Gomes had to pay a fine of $600,000 and was sentenced to one year in jail. After a two-year hiatus, Wil returned to reality TV as a host of Forged in Fire. They also complain that the judges often misuse bladesmithing jargon (which might be for the audience's benefit, as the show can't expect its fans to become expert blacksmiths just to enjoy the competition) and speculate that many of the failed weapons are the result of skipped steps. In 2017 a New Yorker fan of the show tried using a barrel to forge a blade, his actions however, occasioned a fire that got out of control and burned down three buildings. Sure, we all love drama, and watching a bunch of people scheme and plot and riff on some version of "I'm not here to make friends" like they invented the phrase is fun and all, but shows that pit smart, talented people against each other in a test of skill? The idea eventually evolved towards bladed weapons specifically, but Healy stuck with his initial inspiration, structuring the format like a cooking show with new competitors every episode. Dehnart actually spoke with a spokesperson for the show, who clarified that while the winning weapon is kept on display on their Winners Wall, everyone else gets their weapon back "as a symbol of [the show's] gratitude and out of respect for the amount of work put into the weapon.". Did J. Neilson leave Forged in Fire? Check out Neilson’s custom-made knives on his Instagram. He never did return to Forged in Fire after season 3 as Ben Abbott filled Neilson’s role temporarily in season 4. Okay, saying a show about making bladed weapons is dangerous is like saying running with scissors is dangerous, but it's not actually the blades that you should worry about if you wander onto the set of Forged in Fire. He also knew from experience that whenever a reality show featured a weapon, the ratings went up, and that was his inspiration — a show where they make weapons from scratch instead of fancy burritos. Forged in Fire is an American competition series that airs on the History channel, and is produced by Outpost Entertainment, a Leftfield Entertainment company.. The present options world-class bladesmiths recreate historic weapons in a contest. 7.3k members in the forgedinfireshow community. It still will help boost Jason Knight’s humongous net worth. It's been criticized for the lack of female representation on the show (the first season, in fact, had exactly zero women on it), especially since the host and judges are exclusively male. As John Gomes, the man who basically burned down his entire town trying to forge metal in his backyard after watching Forged in Fire, discovered, watching the show isn't really a substitute for learning how to bladesmith the right way. And as contestant Rachel Oliver notes, most female bladesmiths don't use the forge technique that the show features. We're not gonna lie, the fire has a lot to do with how great this show is. Gomes was charged with arson and reckless endangerment, and one of the show's contestants, Kim Stahl, warned other fans, "Not every episode outlines all the procedures that were followed." Wil Willis was born in 1975. And while the place is vented, it's vented against asphyxiation, not heat. For example, many experienced bladesmiths like Darrell Markewitz have complained that while the show loves a fiery "quench" (when the hot metal is plunged into water or oil to rapidly cool it, hardening the metal), it never shows the metal being tempered, which is a slower, less showy process designed to increase the durability of the metal after hardening. But, Wil Willis, the host has been replaced by Grady Powell. We’ve got the answers for you, right here. As John Gomes, the man who basically burned down his entire town trying to forge metal in his backyard after watching Forged in Fire, discovered, watching the show isn't really a substitute for learning how to bladesmith the right way. However, on Knife Or … It's easy to imagine that making weapons comes with some legal complications, and there are a lot of rumors swirling around Forged in Fire concerning what happens to all those swords, knives, and other bladed weapons once filming is finished. Instead, they use a wholly different technique known as "stock removal," making the search for female contestants even more challenging. Forged in Fire is produced by Outpost Entertainment. Although, J. Neilson, David Baker, Doug Marcaida, and Ben Abbott are expected to be returning in season 8. While some sources say 13th, others say 14th February. So certainly, they have the experience and knowledge to judge a finished weapon. There hasn’t been an official statement from The History Channel or Willis, but Forged in Fire speculates a reason for his break from the show. He appeared in seasons one and two, but in season three he took a leave of absence due to an injury on his hand. Here's the untold truth of Forged in Fire, some of which is really going to surprise you. Marcaida Has Worked As A Military Contractor. This is a show, after all, where judge Doug Marcaida happily proclaims that a weapon "will kill" when he's pleased with the test results. But it's important to remember that this is a TV show, after all, and the contestants are working under artificial time and material constraints and striving to create a weapon they're probably unfamiliar with, all on an incredibly hot set that's crowded with equipment and other smiths plus a TV crew. We are in awe of such incredible craftsmanship! Wil Willis along with co-stars J. Neilson, Doug Marcaida Neilson talked more about his injury in an interview with Knife Talk, a podcast for knife makers. Get season by season character and cast bios and more only on HISTORY. But you might imagine that a show where bladesmiths have their work judged would get folks who know all about the craft to do that. Wil Willis was born in Portugal in February 1975. J Neilson’s fame started to gain mainstream attention when he became one of the judges of the television competition series entitled “Forged in Fire”. And contestant Dustin Parrella told the Richland Source that it goes even further than that. But the show's focus on blades and their ability to cut through ballistic dummies and cuts of beef (often filmed in cinematic slow motion) has had some police and parents' groups in an uproar since its debut. It's also a very dangerous craft, as one huge fan of the show discovered in 2017. Magic. History Channel's Knife Or Death is a spinoff of its wildly successful series Forged In Fire, where competitors forge weapons for judges to test. 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