ASHEBORO – This is the week for Chris Moss of Asheboro to be on the air as part of a television reality show.
Moss had an appearance slated as part of “Forged in Fire” on the History Channel. The episode was to air Wednesday night.
“It was just an absolute blast,” Moss said.
In each episode, four bladesmiths compete in a three-round elimination contest to forge bladed weapons, with the overall winner receiving $10,000 and the show’s championship title “Forged in Fire Champion.”
The episode with Moss, 34, was filmed in the spring in Connecticut.
“It’s going to be a great episode, and I had the pleasure of meeting and competing against some amazing smiths who have become amazing friends,” Moss said.
Moss has been designing and making knives since age 16. He wasn’t familiar with “Forged in Fire” until viewing the program.
“I didn’t actually start watching the show until about two years ago and immediately got hooked,” Moss said.
In order to be selected to compete, Moss was involved in an extensive interview process. Once he was finally picked, filming production was halted because of the pandemic, so he had to wait before getting his chance.
Moss’ appearance comes in the 200th episode of “Forged in Fire.” The show premiered in 2015.
He said fans of the show were able to select the challenges for the smiths in his episode. He said it was a difficult combination.
He said it was exciting to be part of “Forged in Fire,” calling his passion “a lost art form and so this allowed me to be able to show my skill.”
Moss, who was part of a military family and spent since age 10 in the Tidewater area of Virginia, moved to Randolph County about five years ago. He’s self-employed as a manufacturer consultant. His company is DauntlessMFP.com.
“I spend all day making knives for the company,” he said. “I really enjoy the work.”
He’s also a motorcycle builder, having won several awards in that capacity. His background also includes NASA technician involved in aerospace manufacturing.
Moss was putting together a watch party for the episode on History Channel. He wasn’t permitted to discuss details of the episode until it airs.