Forged in Fire Knife Review

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Updated on: Jun 9, 2020

Inspired by the hit History Channel TV show of the same name, Forged in Fire knives claim to be the last knife you will ever need in the kitchen. This American competition show puts blacksmiths to the test crafting high caliber weapons based on historical models.

In the same way, Forged in Fire knives are purportedly engineered to be tough and reliable to give you top tier quality at the faction of the cost of professional models.

Forged in Fire knives claim to have numerous desirable features, including durable surgical steel construction, a razor-sharp edge that won’t blunt even when cutting difficult foods, and a professional non-slip handle for safer gripping while you use it.

In this analysis, we’ll go beyond the commercial to help you decide whether it’s a culinary tool worth investing in.

Pros
  • Two knives in every package
  • 50-year satisfaction guarantee
  • Forged metal is a prized knife material
Cons
  • Customer reviews indicate quality might be an issue
  • Stainless steel knives don’t keep their sharp edges as long
  • Pricing varies significantly based on the retailer

Features

According to the manufacturer, both of the knives in this set are hammered straight out of the forge and are delivered to you professionally sharpened.

While you might be picturing a blacksmith sweating over every blade, these knives are actually created through the use of a factory powered hammer forge. The standard knife is 13.5 inches long with an eight-inch blade.

Metallurgy experts like Great Lakes Forge shares that steel is one of the most popular forging materials available today. It combines steel’s strength with desirable qualities like heat and corrosion resistance.

The forging process further boosts these benefits by creating a unique, continuous grain flow that adds strength to the blade.

Together, these knives are designed to withstand many kitchen tasks, including prepping challenging to cut vegetables and preparing various cuts of meat.

For best long term use, be sure to wash the knives in warmer water after use and dry immediately. They are also safe for dishwasher use.

Jeremy Owens, a barbeque expert and no stranger to buying the best knives, told us that he recommends people invest in forged knives over stamped knives.

“Although forged knives are more expensive than stamped knives, they require less maintenance, less sharpening, and last longer than stamped variants,” he told us.

“Since forged knives undergo intense heat, the process helps reinforce the material and makes it more durable and less prone to bending…a single forged knife becomes a better option in the long run compared to buying multiple stamped counterparts.”

In other words, it might be worth spending more on a knife that’s hand-forged compared to ones made from different materials. You’ll likely make up for the knife’s higher price point with its longevity.

Pricing

The Forged in Fire Knife set costs $29.95 on the company website, plus $8.95 for shipping. Shipping is free if you purchase two or more sets.

The knife set is also available from other retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond ($14.99) or Target ($14.89). In each instance, you will receive an 8-inch chef’s knife and a smaller paring knife.

Purchase off the company website includes the company’s 50-year guarantee. While this sounds like a ticket to receiving free knife upgrades for decades, this guarantee doesn’t cover wear and tear from daily use or any damage due to mistreatment.

If you do have a knife problem that qualifies for coverage under this guarantee, you’ll need to pay a $10 shipping fee to get your knife repaired or to receive a new one.

Your purchase is also covered with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. This means you can request a return from customer service for any reason for a refund (minus shipping costs).

Analysis of Customer Reviews

20 customers have left reviews for the Forged in Fire Knife on our website, that average 2.6-stars. Less than 40% of users said they would recommend the company. However, reviews are more positive on Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Walmart, where they average 4.5 stars.

Common Compliments:

  • High-quality knives that work as promised
  • Stands up against higher-end models
  • Gorgeous knives, nice to have displayed
  • Super sharp right out of the package
  • Good value

Common Complaints:

  • Some people unexpectedly ordered extras with their purchase and struggled to get refunds
  • Many customers never received their orders
  • Some found that the knife lost its sharp edge fast
  • Knives are mislabeled for the intended use; the company uses misleading advertisements
  • Not hand-forged as advertised

Popular Alternatives

If you’re looking to purchase a knife made from forged steel, here are some popular alternatives that also deserve consideration:

Forged in Fire Mercer Culinary Cutluxe Chef Knife SMTENG Boning Knife
Price (Amazon) $27.99–$34.99 $39 $42.99 $29.99
Size/Materials 8-inch chef’s knife and a paring knife/ Forged stainless surgical steel 8-inch chef’s knife/ Figh carbon forged steel from Germany 8-inch chef’s knife/ Forged high carbon German steel 5.5-inch boning knife/ Handmade forged high carbon stainless steel
Quality Guarantee 50-year satisfaction guarantee Limited lifetime warranty against workmanship defects Lifetime warranty against workmanship defects 100% satisfaction guarantee
Average Rating (Amazon) 4.5 (901 reviews) 4.8 (2,938 reviews) 4.8 (447 reviews) 4.7 (720 reviews)

There is a difference in material quality that may be a deciding factor. High carbon steel refers to a material that has a higher carbon percentage than is standard for steel, usually between 0.6%–1%. It’s less resistant to corrosion than stainless steel.

It’s considered the material of choice for high-end knives because it’s wear-resistant—meaning that the blade is more durable overall, and you’ll need to sharpen it less frequently.

Stainless steel, in contrast, is more malleable and is harder to sharpen.

Thus, despite their similar descriptions and satisfaction guarantees, there’s a good chance that each of the high carbon knives listed above will last longer without expert maintenance than Forged in Fire knives.

It might still be worth it to you to go with this brand, so you receive two knives for the price of one, but keep in mind that you’ll need to perform more frequent sharpening.

The Bottom Line

Forged in Fire knives benefit from excellent branding and a good dose of historical nostalgia. Though using these kitchen tools might make you feel like an ancient blacksmith, the evidence is lacking that they can truly withstand the test of time.

Customer reviews for Forged in Fire here at HighYa are fair to poor, with the most common complaint being that they just don’t last. That makes sense, as their stainless steel construction might fight off rust, but it doesn’t do the blades any favors for staying sharp.

Forged in Fire knives seem adequate for most kitchen tasks, but they aren’t going to be significantly better than other options available. A good kitchen knife is a tool you’ll use multiple times a week, so it’s worth paying more for something that will truly last.


Customer Reviews

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  • 27 Customer Reviews
  • 26% Recommend This Product
2.2 out of 5
5 star: 22% 4 star: 3% 3 star: 7% 2 star: 3% 1 star: 62%

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  • Garbage

    • By Ganjed K.,
    • Minnesota,
    • Jun 29, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    The knives are not very good, they dull easily. They were never able to send a complete order, everything else is on backorder. My order process was ridiculous. After 2 months I called to cancel my order since it was not shipping. I was told my order was canceled and I would receive my refund. They then sent a partial shipment. It then took another 4 weeks to get them to finally cancel the balance of the order (was never available to ship) and issue a refund.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Extremely long wait time
    • Poor customer service
    • They never did complete my order
    • The company is terrible

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Knives

    • By Shirley M B.,
    • Baltimore, MD,
    • Jun 28, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I ordered these knives over two months ago. Still have not received them. They keep saying to wait five days. That story is getting old. I would not recommend placing an order.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Did not receive order

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Not what they're cracked up to be.

    • By Jim S.,
    • Morganton, GA,
    • Jun 24, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    The very first issue I had was the delivery time. I received less than half of my order after a nearly two-month wait, and got a backorder notice with the knives I did get. The knives are cosmetically appealing, but definitely mass-produced contrary to the spirit of the advertising. They seem to be on par with Kitchenaid, but not nearly the quality of Henckels. I haven't used them enough to give a fair assessment of durability.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Good looking
    • Very sharp out of the package
    • Slow slow slow delivery
    • Definitely mass produced in their entirety

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Did not receive order

    • By Terry T.,
    • Ann Arbor, MI,
    • Jun 18, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    On 5/15 I was charged for knives but have yet to receive the order. Called customer service daily for a week, on hold for 30 to 40 minutes each time. Finally got through and was told knives were shipped 5 days after ordering but when they checked the tracking number it said that the order got to Ohio and then nothing. Said I would have to call USPS with a tracking number. Well, I never got an email with the tracking number. Said they would send a new email but that was 4 hours ago and nothing.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Very bad customer service

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Terrible Customer Service

    • By Douglas S.,
    • Holland, MI,
    • Jun 17, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Forged in Fire is not reliable. Placed my order over a month ago. My credit card was charged that day. I have received no product. I have placed numerous calls which, if and when I got through, I was placed on hold. Each time I waited over 20 minutes on hold.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Didn’t receive shipment
    • No customer service agents will answer calls

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Product is made in China!

    • By Gary S.,
    • Orlando, FL,
    • Jun 15, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    I was excited to receive my Forged in Fire knives as I am a big fan of the show. When I got the knives and started checking them out, I noticed it said MADE IN CHINA on the packaging they came in! Nowhere on their website does it state that these knives are made in China. The show is an American show and since I didn't see anything during ordering that stated the knives are not made in America, I believed they were American made. Also, I did not receive my numbered certificate of authenticity as promised. I am very disappointed in this company and the lack of information on their website. If I wanted a set of knives made in China, I would have gone to Walmart!

    Pros and Cons:

    • Customer service was understanding and friendly
    • Was willing to send authenticity certificate at no extra charge
    • Knives are MADE IN CHINA
    • Having to pay for return S&H when the company was misleading about where the knives were made
    • Did not send my authenticity certificate with the knives
    • Very bad advertising!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Not received

    • By Michael H.,
    • Louisville, KY,
    • Jun 13, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I ordered my set of knives over a month ago and still haven't received them. Their recorded message says to keep giving them 5 more days. I wish I had read the reviews. No, I will not recommend to a friend.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • No one to talk too

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Don't buy! Made in China.

    • By Ernest M. A.,
    • Richmond Hill, GA,
    • Jun 12, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    How deceitful. Can't believe our History Chanel is promoting these knives. They are made in China, plus they are terrible. Can't believe they continue to sell even during a pandemic caused by China. Disgusting.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Deceitful

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Disappointed it is not as advertised

    • By David B.,
    • Thomaston, GA,
    • Jun 3, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 6–12 months
    Overall Experience:

    I have been a fan of the Forged in Fire show since it started and was excited when I saw the Forged in Fire knives for sale. I purchased this set and while the knives are very well made and look good they are not very sharp at all. I also ordered a Misen butcher knife around the same time and have found it to be an extremely sharp knife. I have had the Misen for about a year use it every day and it is still extremely sharp.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Product is well made
    • Product looks good
    • Product not as sharp as advertised

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Ripoff

    • By Vernon S.,
    • Cleveland, OH,
    • May 19, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    While I have not yet received the knives (I should have read these reviews before buying!), my complaint is with order processing. When I placed my order by phone, what I thought I heard was press one if you DON'T want extras, but instead I found that it ADDS to your order, so I'm going to have to return the entire order.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Never got mine after the charge

    Overall Experience:

    I ordered off the outdoor channel a nice set of knives. Forged in Fire.

    They charged me immediately.

    I waited, I waited, I waited some more.

    The feedback is "I’ll check on it," then some scramble of Chinese lettering I don’t understand as I’m American.

    I just want my money back.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


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