The Laurel man takes part in the History Channel show

LAUREL – It was an opportunity to try something wild and crazy.

That’s what a Laurel blacksmith said about the History Channel show, “Forged In Fire: Gladiators of the Forge.”

John Lockie’s passion and knowledge of blacksmithing skills transferred well to show his skills in the timed competition.

“It’s a hobby gone crazy,” Lockie said. “I loved working with metal and I love welding, forging things, adding blade forging to it. It’s been an adventure just to have the idea that you can make something out of nothing.”

Lockie owns the Double Y Web metal design work, and his family and friends encouraged him to apply to appear on the show.

He appeared in a season nine episode on Wednesday night.

A coin toss determined he would choose the material for the competition

“Roller chain is more like a bicycle chain, a motorcycle chain forges well,” Lockie said of what he chose. “I wasn’t sure if (his opponent) knew him. So I thought maybe that would have given me a boost. And it’s a difficult process and so it was… a good thing to choose.”

And his opponent chose the weapon he would make a Pugio dagger.

“The Pugio dagger was a Roman side of the secondary weapon and it’s the one they believe Caesar was killed with,” Lockie said.

And Lockie understands the history of the weapon and the manufacturing process.

“I get a lot of appreciation for the way they did it back then because it’s such a more complicated process than back when we’re doing it,” he said. “They were so good at it because it was something they did every day. The professional blacksmith was what they made day in and day out, it was knives and swords and that was just a utility.”

With his company, Lockie makes many unique artistic objects, which prepared him for the show which required him to make the Pugio dagger in eight hours.

“It’s about solving problems on the fly as you go,” he said.

The show aired at 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

“If you don’t execute it by 10 a.m., I think we’re okay with me passing that test of strength,” Lockie said. “And that was one part that worried me the most about the strength test and then it was still clear when they were all done. So I was really happy with how it was tested.”

Although he didn’t advance, he enjoyed the competition.

“The performance was great,” Lockie said. “It’s quite an experience. It was a lot of fun.”