Idaho Man Gains Reality Show Fame for His Blade Creations
BLACKFOOT, Idaho – An Idaho man recently won a Halloween edition of the History Channel’s Forged In Fire, for creating a grim reaper-style scythe blade.
What started as knife-making hobby seven years ago has become a full-blown side business for Brandon Williams. The owner of Blackfoot, Idaho-based Custom 4B Designs recently got to compete on the reality show.
“I was on,” Williams said. “It’s called the slasher edition. We had to make slasher blades from a horror movie as part of a really fun episode.”
As part of his first challenge he formed a large, slasher-style blade, something that he has sold before but that has become increasingly popular since the show aired earlier this month.
“There is a big market for these big blades,” Williams said. “If you go camping a lot, or do the outdoor stuff, you don’t need an ax. It will chop wood. It will cut watermelon, it will slice fruit, I mean anything you need a blade for, it will do and then some.”
The final challenge for Williams and the remaining finalists was the scythe blade.
“It’s been nice to be able to go on the show and do that, but to win it; it’s been amazing,” Williams said. “I had so much fun, I was smiling and happy the whole time.”
While his hobby has become a good source of income, his wife, Brandy Williams, said it has also started taking over the house. She recently created an Instagram page to help her cope, under the username, @knifemakers_wife.
“It was kind of a way for me to vent and support him at the same time,” Brandy said. “His projects take up more and more rooms of the house. My house is becoming less my house.”
Brandon Williams said he intended to keep on riding the wave of fame and growing demand, continuing to do what he loves.
“I just love moving metal,” Williams said. “It’s a stress-reliever. The hot steel moves really nice when you put it under a power-hammer. That’s a lot of fun.”
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