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Keithville man to appear on History Channel show 'Forged in Fire'

An Arklatex resident will be putting the area on the map during this week's episode of the History Channel Show, Forged in Fire. (Source: KSLA News 12) An Arklatex resident will be putting the area on the map during this week's episode of the History Channel Show, Forged in Fire. (Source: KSLA News 12)
KEITHVILLE, LA (KSLA) -

An Arklatex resident will be putting the area on the map during this week's episode of the History Channel Show, Forged in Fire.

Keithville's JW Randall will be competing to create history's most iconic edged weapons.

"They'll come in there like ...and guys would be looking around and they pull out an old car, and say you got to pull something from this car to make a knife from well there's very limited things on a car that's sufficient to make a knife… so there's part of the challenge right there," Randall said.

According to the website, "In each episode, four of the nation’s finest bladesmiths come together to put their skills and reputations on the line, trying to avoid elimination and win the $10,000 prize."

 "I have many things that drove me to be on the show and of course the money's nice but that wasn't the factor that really drove me to be there. It's my love of the craft and again just being honored to represent the United States of America."

This season of the show features crafters from all around the world, with Randall representing America.

"The show "Forged in Fire" was just an awesome opportunity for me, I was just so excited to represent my country in the first international episode."

The series is hosted by weapons expert and U.S. Army and Air Force veteran Wil Willis.

In a high-tech world, Randall says the show helps to highlight old ways and the creation of objects by hand that he calls heirlooms.

 "There's a magnetic attraction to watching someone work with there hands and bringing back some of the old ways and that just appeals to people. We live in such a high-tech fast-paced world that its rewarding to see somebody that kind of goes back to the old ways."

The show will air at 8 p.m. Tuesday on the History Channel.

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