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Max Steel S2 E20


The "Flip the Script" challenge involved the contestants deciding amongst themselves the type of blade they would make and all other parameters, including handle material. They were not allowed to choose a monosteel construction. The parameters decided on were:




Max Steel S2 E20


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The contestants are asked to make a San Mai blade. To keep with the mystery theme, the contestants not only have to figure out for themselves what kind of steel they have, but also have to contend with an "invisible clock" for the first round, only relying on time callouts from Grady. In the final round, weapons are tested in the "forge of mystery" which contains various mysterious materials for testing.


In round 1, four smiths cut through steel cages (representing a WWE Hell in a Cell steel cage match) to retrieve 1095 and 15N20 steel plates used for their signature blades. In round 2, three smiths made handles from wooden weapons seen in WWE wrestling matches. The winner of round 3 received $10,000 and a WWE championship title belt. WWE Hall of Famer "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair makes a special guest appearance.


Using tools forged from pieces of mild steel, the smiths must retrieve high carbon steel ball bearings from ice blocks to make their ulus that were used by the Inuit in arctic climates for centuries. The smiths have to recreate their blades in an "arctic forge" in 27 degrees fahrenheit.


In round 1, smiths are tasked with making a signature Damascus san mai blade with a 80CrV2 steel core inside a 1095 and 15N20 steel Damascus "sandwich". Round 2 showcased handle construction using two different materials on both sides of the blade. The remaining two smiths craft a pair of Ginunting swords at their home forges in round 3.


Before round 1 begins, the four bladesmiths choose from four tiers of challenges, using various steel types and forging difficulties presented to them on a table. Their choice also carries into the handle round. The smith's choices (in the order as called to pick) include:


The smiths go through the "Pick of the Barrel" Challenge: a barrel with five different sources of mild steel (chains, pry bars, hammers, railroad spikes and horseshoes) attached to iron poles sticking out of the barrel. But what they can't see is what's actually inside the barrel. Attached to the poles are five different high-carbon steel which they have to make a blade out of. The easier the mild steel pick, the harder the high-carbon steel will be to use, and vice versa.


Three bladesmiths create their signature blades in a single 5-hour round labeled the "Rust Bucket". During the 5 hours, rusted scrap steel (dumped from a rusted bucket) must be gathered and prepared, forged, tempered, quenched, and finished with a functional edge and handle. After testing, two smiths are sent home in a double elimination. The winner of the testing segment gets to pick the weapon style and forging technique. Brandon chooses the Messer sword and layered Damascus, then fabricates head-to-head against undefeated Judge Ben Abbott in an 8-hour round.


As the second competition within the "Beat the Unbeaten" Ben Abbott series, this episode showcases a new set of three bladesmiths tasked with building their signature blades in a 5-hour round. Some of the special parameters for the round include: materials must be sourced from the pile of scrap steel, any forge welding technique can be used, blades cannot be mono steel, 13- to 15-inch length, fully functional, and ready for testing after 5 hours. Zechariah does not meet the forge welded blade parameter as he only forge welds a bolster to his otherwise mono steel blade. Therefore, Zechariah is eliminated before testing begins. Jeremy is eliminated after testing, sending Rob into the final round against Ben Abbott. As the winner, Rob gets to pick the weapon style he and Ben craft, as well as the parameters. He chooses the Irish ring-hilted sword with ladder pattern Damascus.


In another "Beat the Unbeaten" challenge, three contestants (each with broken blades in previous episodes) build their signature blades in a single 5-hour round, using bandsaw blades, chainsaw blades, springs, ball bearings, and roller bearings. The blades are to be made from canister "No Can Can" Damascus in which the canister must be fully removed before the blade is finalized. Dorian does not fully remove the canister and is eliminated before testing; Chris is eliminated after testing; Caleb is the winner of the testing round. For the 8-hour final round against Ben Abbott, Caleb chooses the 2-handed Chinese warsword with an S-shaped guard and a pierced pommel, among other parameters. Caleb also chooses a random pattern Damascus steel forging technique. Since it's Caleb's second appearance on the show, Ben gets to add a parameter twist: a minimum of 125 Damascus layer count.


Smiths have to make a Continental rifleman's knife to match a given replica sample. Each smith has to choose from eight identical knapsacks of the kind that soldiers typically carried during the Revolutionary war. They do not know what is inside. Each knapsack contains a paper outlining the technique they must use for forging, with a selection of suitable steels. If they think what they have is too hard to do in the allotted time, they can choose a second knapsack, but are not allowed to return to their first choice, if the second also proves too difficult.


"Go Mai or Go Home" Challenge: The Smiths forge their signature blase in their favorite style using a 2-foot bar of mild steel, a 2-foot bar of 80CrV2 steel and a 2-foot bar of 15N20 steel with the Go Mai technique and a five layered pomel handle.


"The Fastest Blade in the West" Challenge: Inspired by the Mexican cowboys or Vaqueros of the old west, the four Smiths will forge a Mexican Bowie knife in 3 hours or less with any steel from the pantry Since this challenge is about speed and accuracy, the goal is to get their blades inside an empty sheath before them. The first Smith to do so, will have an extra 30 minutes to make a handle in the second round of competition. The runner-up will get an extra 15 minutes. And the last Smith will get 15 minutes deducted from their time.


In this special "Supersized" installment, four bladesmiths are assigned to make their signature blades (15 to 17 inches) from 7-feet of railroad track made of hardened steel. Those who move on will include a handle made from a 6x6 pine beam for testing. In the final round, the last two smiths are challenged to make a massive nearly 7-foot sword that was once welded by priate Grutte Pier from the Netherlands. His sword can be seen on display in the Fries Museum. 041b061a72


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