‘Forged in Fire’ contestant Kirk to compete in ‘Grudge Match’

BY STAFF REPORTS
09/05/2017 08:15 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Cherokee Nation citizen and master bladesmith Ray Kirk is set to compete in the first “Iron Mountain Metal Craft Grudge Match” forging competition Sept. 22-24 at the 14th annual Old Mill Heritage Day in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. COURTESY
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Former “Forged in Fire” contestants are set to compete in the inaugural “Iron Mountain Metal Craft Grudge Match” forging competition Sept. 22-24 at the 14th Annual Old Mill Heritage Day.

Around 18 former “FIF” contestants, including Cherokee Nation citizen and master bladesmith Ray Kirk, will demonstrate their bladesmith skills in the “Grudge Match.” The audience will choose the winner.

“What we want to do is just share our time and meet the people that are ‘Forged in Fire’ fans, and sell some of our stuff,” Kirk said. “The thing that is exciting is that there’s that many of us from all over the country that will be there to play in the fire.”

During the three-day event, the bladesmiths will set up booths to sell their products, have forging demonstrations and take photos with fans.

After the competition, the contestants plan to give away their knives through a free drawing for festival attendees.

“Forged in Fire” is an original competition series aired on the History Channel where world-class bladesmiths compete to create historic weaponry and put their skills on the line to be called a “Forged in Fire Champion.” Kirk appeared on Season 1 of the show and again in Season 4 as a fan favorite.

For more information, visit the Iron Mountain Metal Craft Facebook page.

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