Disney has announced that some older seasons of the History series, “Forged In Fire”, along with some of the spin-off shows, will be coming to Disney+ in many countries around the world in February, as part of a new expansion into content from A+E becoming available to subscribers.

The most talented bladesmiths in the world will test their mettle in “Forged In Fire”, a cutting-edge competition series that is hosted by weapons expert Wil Willis, a former Army Ranger and decorated Air Force para-rescue specialist, the series will feature world-class bladesmiths recreating many of history’s most iconic edged weapons, from the Japanese katana to the medieval broadsword to ancient throwing blades like the Chakram. Production has started in Brooklyn, New York.

In each episode, four master bladesmiths will put their skills and reputations on the line, trying to avoid elimination while using traditional and state-of-the-art tools and machinery to turn raw metal into authentic working versions of classic bladed weapons of yesteryear. In the hands of these gifted craftsmen, every weapon is not just a lethal instrument of war, but also an elegant work of art. The colorful histories of these weapons are told throughout the forging process. Then the weapons are assessed and tested by a panel of internationally recognized judges.

Joining Willis is a judging panel of renowned experts: J. Neilson, a Pennsylvania-based Mastersmith who has been making knives and edged weapons for more than 20 years; Doug Marcaida, a New York-based hand-to-hand combat specialist who has studied and mastered fighting styles and techniques around the world; and David Baker, a California-based authority known for replicating period-accurate weapons, from submachine guns to samurai swords, for both museums and films.

In “Forged In Fire: Knife Or Death”, which is hosted by WWE Hall Of Famer Bill Goldberg, the series features fearless competitors as they race against the clock putting their blades and blade-wielding skills through a gruelling gauntlet of challenges such as slicing through flying watermelons, hacking through massive ice blocks and severing various types of ropes, tubes, metals and item-filled crates.

“Forged In Fire” is produced for History by Outpost Entertainment, a Leftfield Entertainment company. Jodi Flynn, David George, Shawn Witt and Simon Thomas are executive producers for Outpost Entertainment. Tim Healy and Jim Pasquarella are executive producers for History.

US Disney+ subscribers will get access to the fourth season of “Forged In Fire”, along with both seasons of the spin-off show, “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death”, on Wednesday 8th February 2023.  With Disney+ subscribers in Canada will get access to seasons two and three.

A week later, on Wednesday, 15th February 2023, subscribers in Australia and New Zealand, will get access to seasons two, three and nine of the core show, along with the best of season one and both seasons of the spin-off, “Forged In Fire: Knife Or Death”.

Hopefully, the other seasons will be made available to Disney+ subscribers, but it does look like A+E content is a little more complicated with regard to which streaming service has the rights to individual seasons in each country around the world.  It’s likely; more seasons will be available soon.

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Roger Palmer

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