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Lincoln Smith competing on The History Channel for the second time

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – In 2019, a UNL student showcased his blacksmithing skills on The History Channel. Next week he is recognized for the second time as he takes on the younger competitors.

With a face shield and his bare hands, Colton Arias is busy in his shop in Ceresco. He is busy making anything from bottle openers to kitchen knives and even swords.

In 2019, at just 18, Colton was the youngest contestant to win “Forged In Fire” on The History Channel. Recently, he was selected to be on the show again.

“Essentially they take four of the youngest champions and they all compete for the title of youngest double champion of Forged in Fire,” said Colton Arias.

This summer, Colton left Nebraska and traveled to Connecticut for filming, which lasted 3 weeks.

“It was really cool to meet the judges, to see the set, to be able to participate in the TV show that I had been watching for so long,” said Arias.

The 20-year-old is back in school at UNL, filling custom orders and teaching blacksmithing classes in his workshop.

“Sometimes at Ménards I get recognized because a lot of these guys are watching Forged in Fire. I guess,” he laughed.

It’s a unique claim to fame, but one he hopes to share with others.

“I think there are only three blacksmiths in Lincoln,” Arias said. “If you are one, hit me. I’m always looking for more to network.

The Young Gun Champions premieres Wednesday, December 8 at 9 p.m. The Blacksmith is hosting a public watch party at Risky’s Sports Bar and Grill near 48th Street and Leighton Avenue.

“In high school, nobody really knew what blade-making was,” Arias said. “All my friends were like, ‘You make knives, that’s kind of weird.’ Once they saw it was kinda legit and there’s a TV show about it and I went on and showed off my skills I think they thought it was really cool.

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