Macon Bladesmith Stars in History Channel's 'Forged in Fire'

Forged in Fire, a series on the History Channel, pits four master bladesmiths against each other as they create cutting-edge weapons that harken back to the past.  And one local bladesmith is appearing on tonight's episode (Season 4, episode 24) of History Channel’s “Forged in Fire."  

Just a year ago, Bill (Billy Bob) Sowell was asked by 13WMAZ about his craft, "I've always liked this, always loved it," Sowell said. "Blacksmithing was my first interest, and then there was a knife maker at the Blacksmith meeting, and I said, 'Hmm, that's what I want to do. I want to make them knives.'"

Sowell's episode airs tonight (Wednesday) at 9 p.m. Each episode features four blacksmiths who face off to create a blade out of raw metal under a time limit.  The blades are judged on construction and durability. The top two blade makers continue to the next round, where they make a specific sword at their home forge. Those weapons are then tested and judged. The winning blade earns the blacksmith a $10,000 prize.  Tonight, Sowell joins three other bladesmiths, Steve Culver, Dwight Phillips and Mark Collard, as they compete in a three-round elimination contest to create forged bladed weapons. 

Want to learn more about The History Channel's Forged in Fire?  Visit them HERE.
See some of Bill Sowell's custom knives HERE 



posted 03/07/2018 in Community


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