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The Day – New London resident wins “Forged in Fire”

New London’s Brandon Hyner won “Forged in Fire” in an episode that aired Wednesday and walked away with $ 10,000 in cash prizes.

In “Forged in Fire,” a competitive television series on the History Channel, blacksmiths are presented with challenges to recreate historic bladed weapons.

Hyner, who is an engineer at Electric Boat and has a smithy at the Noank smelter, said he’s thrilled people finally know he’s won. He filmed the show six months ago and couldn’t say anything until it aired.

He got together for a very short evening of viewing with his friends and family in West Babylon, Long Island, where he grew up.

“I was super excited, let me tell you, because I was waiting six months. It was great to see my family, friends, loved ones, everyone I cared about being super excited and super happy for me, ”said Hyner, 23.

The competitor whose work impressed the judges the most in the first round was able to bypass the laps between laps and head straight for the final, which Hyner did. This meant that the helicopter he created had not been tested, although he thinks it would have held up well.

The finals required the making of a firangi sword, a historical type of Indian sword with a European blade.

When the judges declared him the winner, Hyner said it left him “quite shocked”.

“When they called out my name I was stunned. I didn’t even know what to do,” he said. “On TV if you watch you can see I just put my head down and was like, ‘Oh, my God, I can’t believe this just happened. “

Hyner plans to use the prize money to buy new blacksmithing and blacksmithing tools and put some of the winnings in a car.

Hyner, who has been making knives and blacksmithing as a hobby for half a dozen years, said he was “really happy” to be on the show. “I didn’t even care if I won or not – that really wasn’t what it was for me. It was just coming into the series and having this moment and this opportunity and showing a little my skills but more so just prove to me that I can actually do what they ask me to do in the time they ask us to do it, ”he said of the five hours allotted.

Being on the show, Hyner said, “has been one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in my life.”

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