Four instructors from Kilroy's Workshop participated in the History Channel's competition Forged in Fire! Learn more about the experience below.
Ron competed on Forged in Fire in July/Aug of 2019. It was a special edition of the show called the Family Edition, and it was extra-special because he was able to travel and compete with his daughter, Jessica. Jessica nearly knocked him out in the second round, but Ron managed to hang on to get to the finale. He competed against fellow bladesmith (and dad) Jesse Harrison creating the famous rapier from the movie The Princess Bride! Both blades performed well, but Ron hung on for the win.
Matt Waters competed on Forged in Fire in December, 2018. His episode aired in June of 2019. Matt had a blast, and although he didn't win, he did an amazing job, creating a beautiful and functional recurve blade -- that was beaten repeatedly into a brick! He recreated the test during the viewing party and his reclamation blade withstood the same beating (plus some practice swings!).
Jessica competed on Forged in Fire with her dad, Ron, in July of 2019. The episode airs on the history channel Nov 27, 2019 at 7PM. Join us on Dec 14 from 5-7PM for a watch party! She forge-welded a canister Damascus billet and turned in a great blade! She performed brilliantly in round 1 and moved on to round 2 where she nearly made it to the final round!
Forged In Fire Champion!