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Meet the Real Steel Experts Who Judge 'Forged in Fire'


The smiths competing on History Channel's Forged in Fire get plenty of attention for their craft on the reality competition series, as well they should. They're performing hard, dangerous work under strict constraints with the pressure of a $10,000 prize hanging over their heads. 

But equally impressive are the credentials and works produced by the Forged in Fire judges. If you've ever wanted to know more about these skilled experts, read on to learn about the current judges, J. Neilson, competitor-turned-judge Ben Abbott, Doug Marcaida, and David Baker.