I liked it and watched it pretty regularly for a while, but then I got tired of what impressed me as repetitiveness.
The initial allure was of real people with actual skills, actually making things. There was interest in seeing their home forges. And of course, the challenges were fun!
But the sameness started to get to me. Okay - the first 20 minutes will have 4 contestants making blades, and those blades being evaluated, with one being sent home. Yeah, it is interesting to see them use different raw materials, but once I felt I actuall KNEW something about canister, Damascus, etc., the various blade profiles and such, the common issues/errors of forging/quenching…, it became obvious how little variety there was.
Then there is 15 mins or so on handles and finishing, followed by the tests. Yeah, the tests are fun, but after you’ve seen your first 50 melons smashed, gel torsos hacked, and hard objects crashed…
Then back to the home forges to see 2 weapons forged. I would think there would be more possibility to expand this representation of 5 days of work, to show more of the personalities/quirks of the competitors. Then the final competition.
I still will turn it on occasionally if I’m especially bored and have nothing else to do, but enough was enough for me.