Kentucky Bladesmith Appears on Popular History Channel Show | Kentucky News

By JOHN REECER, Daily News

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Zechariah Nelson has been forging custom knives since she was 14 years old. On January 12, these talents were showcased on the TV show “Forged in Fire” in front of a nationwide audience.

The 20-year-old Allen County resident taught himself the blacksmith trade.

After spending the last few years trying to compete on the History Channel’s competitive show, he finally got the chance to show off his craft.

“I went there very excited,” Nelson said. ” I like challenges. I really do. And ‘Forged in Fire’ was a big challenge. I work very well under pressure. The environment of the series helped me a lot. I think I performed very well and had a great time doing it.

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The show is described by the History Channel website as a chance for “world-class blacksmiths to recreate historic bladed weapons in fierce competition”.

“Forged in Fire” has many tests for craftsmen to show off their abilities.

Nelson said he was home-schooled for most of his life and chose the blacksmithing hobby because of his love for knives. He started forging them in a shop in his parents’ house.

Nelson studied welding and is now a custom fabricator working largely with metal.

He said he hopes the show will be a way to get his name out in the public sphere.

“People told me about ‘Forged in Fire’ and that I should go, and I went from there,” he said. “It’s a bit exciting. I think reliving the experience will be the best part of it. I enjoyed it.

His mother, Elizabeth Nelson, has watched her son work in his trade since his early teens, and she said she looked forward to his recognition.

“I think one of the most rewarding parts of Zacharie is that he always pushes forward and tries harder,” she said. “He likes to challenge himself. How many kids go out on their own and try to get on national television and actually succeed? It was great to watch him grow.

“He’s extremely creative,” she said. “He learned this trade on his own and that fascinates me. From it he developed his own metal fabrication business. We’ll be watching the show expecting him to recount what happened behind the scenes.

In fact, Zachariah Nelson said that a new building is currently being built for his business that will also serve as a new knife-making store.

Regardless of where Zachariah Nelson creates his work or how much national spotlight he receives, he said his hobby will continue to bring him joy.

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