Forged in Fire: Steve’s Javanese Kris Brings Home the Bacon (Season 6) | History


WIL WILLIS: John,
Steve, congratulations. You’ve made it into the final
round of this competition. Now we’re seeing you back
to your home fort just to recreate an iconic
weapon from history. That weapon is–
the Javanese Kris. Good luck. We’ll see you in five days. [LAUGHS] Let’s do it. STEVE: Day one, I’m
feeling pretty excited to be doing the Javanese Kris. My name is Steve Koster. I enjoy taking whatever I
have and making it work. If I was stranded
on a desert island and given a spoon
to survive with, I would have a
three-story home built in a matter of six
months, with fireplace and a powerboat to go with it. [LAUGHS] I’ve made a couple other
Philippine-style swords before. So I definitely have an edge. Right now, I’m starting to forge
the billet into a nice taper. Come on, people. I need to spread this
out a little more. And then I’ll start to
forge the curves into it. [ROCK MUSIC] So far, so good. The whole purpose of
forging is to try to forge as close to shape as you can. It saves time later on
when I go to the grinder. But I have to be careful
to not spin it too much. Blade’s been
tempering overnight. Oh, baby, look at that. That’s exactly what
I was looking for. Now, I just got to
start on the handle. I’m choosing coa because I’m
kind of obsessed with it. It’s just unbelievable
the way it looks. Turns my crank, so to speak. I hope it’ll win. [LAUGHS] DOUG MARCAIDA: All
right, bladesmiths, this is the kill test. To find out what kind of lethal
damage your weapon will do, I will take your Krises and
deliver slashes and thrusts on this pig carcass. All right, Steve, are you ready? Yep. [ROCK MUSIC] Ooh. [ROCK MUSIC] Dude, that’s impressive. DOUG MARCAIDA: All
right, Steve, let’s talk about your Kris here. The balance of this
blade is really good. It’s done in such a way
to where I can really get the speed in cutting. And because your angles
of the edge over here is almost like an acute
edge, it allows to cut deeply into this big carcass. It’s light, it’s
fast, and it’s sharp. And it will kill. BEN ABBOTT: Bladesmiths,
welcome to the strength test. To test the strength and
durability, as well as the overall construction
of your Javanese Kris, I’m going to be stabbing them
in and out of these oil drums. Remember, this test
is all about what these drums do
your swords and not what your swords
due to these drums. [ROCK MUSIC] Well, Steve, I love the shape
and the design of your Kris. It’s very classic. I don’t see any damage. Even though it stabbed
quite deeply into the drum, it’s still razor sharp. Well done. DAVID BAKER: All right,
gentlemen, it’s time for the sharpness test. This is all about when your
blades do to those targets. Steve, you’re up.
Ready? Yeah. [ROCK MUSIC] Way to go, buddy. DAVID BAKER: All right,
Steve, design-wise, your blade, I really like it. Your handle, I like that. I know that’s not
going anywhere. It’s easy to index. As far as the cuts go, I think
they speak for themselves. They’re all clean,
straight through. Really good job, Steve. Thank you very much. I appreciate it. WIL WILLIS: John,
Steve, the judges have made their final decision. The next “Forged in
Fire” champion is– Steve, congratulations. You are the new “Forged
in Fire” champion. And that’s a title that comes
with a check for $10,000. Good job. Great, thank you. I won, yeah. [LAUGHS] I don’t
know what to say. I’m glad it happened. My name’s Steve Koster. And I am the winner
of “Forged in Fire.”

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