As any of you that have been following our blog will know, I was on the History Channel show Forged In Fire last year.
I have been smithing now for a few years. I am self (and YouTube) taught. I have sold a good number of hand forged knives and all my customers seem to be happy.
I was on the Shamshir episode, season 4 episode 13. On that episode we were tasked with making a D guard Bowie knife. I had a plan for time management and completion of the project. One problem…I deviated from that plan. I hardened the blade prior to completing my grinding. This doesn’t prevent you from grinding the blade, but it adds A TON of time to the project. At the end of round one I had pre-drilled the holes for my handle material and started the D guard stock for round 2. Unfortunately, I was unable to pretty up the blade and the other smiths did. So I was eliminated.
The judges commented after (off camera) that in 3/4 of the episodes my blade would have gone through to round 2 hands down. I had no cracks, and no warps…it just wasn’t as pretty as the others.
Once I got home I made the same knife in my forge so I could show that it could be done (by me). It quickly sold.
This is a screen grab from the show.
The other guys on the show were great, and the cast and crew were absolutely fantastic.
Of course, some memes were made..
So anyway, season 5 starts on March 13th. Which means they have already been filming. In years past they have given some of the contestants a “redemption” episode. Some were fan favorites, some were judge’s choice, and some were just picked. I have no idea if they plan on that this season, but I would love a second shot.
So this is were I ask for your help. I am not really on any social media or know how to go about starting any kind of campaign for a redemption spot.
If anyone wants to help, all I ask is to start putting it out there in the social media world…Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or whatever else you can think of….let them know that Chad Hollar should be invited back. I don’t know if I was particularly entertaining or not (even though I did kind of challenge Will Willis to a yelling contest, lol) but I would appreciate any help that anyone is willing to give.
If you know any of the judges, feel free to name drop.:-)
Thanks to all of you, it still amazes, and humbles me that you all follow our blog.
All the best,