18-year-old Lincoln man to compete on the History Channel
18-year-old Colton Arias is being put to the test.
"The best way to get better at it is just to do it, knife after knife after knife," Colton said.
He will be featured on Forged in Fire's newest episode next week on the History Channel.
"I mean who wouldn't think it's fun, you get to hit red hot medal with a hammer," Colton said.
The show tests some of the best in the field as they attempt to re-create some of history's most iconic edged weapons.
"I really really enjoy making something that is going to last a really long time and can be used in a lot of ways from practically nothing," Colton said.
Forged in Fire reached out to Colton after seeing his work online where he makes and sells knives. He has been bladesmithing since he was just 12 years old. It's something he has self taught himself with books and YouTube videos.
"He'll spend 10 hours a day out here and when it's 100 degrees or in the middle of the winter," Colton's Dad, Robert Arias said.
Colton says it's a dream to even be considered on the show.
"You see all of these high caliber bladesmiths and craftsmen on that show and to be among those was just like a huge honor," Colton said.
Colton's dad says his best hunting knives are made by his son. It's a skill he is very proud of.
"You know everybody is biased of their kids and children but he is really an amazing kid with his industry and enthusiasm and his passion about things, this being one of them," Robert said. "He's been a real joy to watch grow up."
The contestant who survives the elimination rounds and wins the episode's contest earns $10,000 and the title of Forged in Fire champion.
"The end result is sort of like the icing on the cake," Colton said.
Bladesmithing could potentially turn into a business for Colton, but for now it will remain a hobby. It's something to do on the side, that makes him happy.