When it comes to creating weapons, there simply isn’t anyone like David Baker. A world-renowned swordsmith, David specializes in creating some of the world’s rarest edged weapons. Unlike most of his counterparts, David is always looking to challenge himself. All he wants is to hone his skill and knowledge to the utmost. Which is also why museums are an absolute treat for David. Every time he sets eye on a weapon, David is intrigued about the technique behind it. For him, every weapon is a teacher. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of David Baker.
An authority on weapon-making:
As evident in the reality TV series Forged in Fire, David’s skills are not just for show. The expert swordsmith is one of the best guys in the business. Since he first set his hand on a blade in the 1980s, David has always challenged his scholarship of weaponry by researching forgotten techniques and examining world-class collections. Every time David crafts a blade, he makes sure that it is as close and as functional as the original. Over the years, David has made rare blades that cannot be found outside a museum. Even though his knowledge extends that of an average swordsmith, Dave specializes in making exact replicas of the Samurai Swords.
Life before Forged in Fire:
Even though David has always been a Swordsmith, he first started his career as an actor. He moved to Hollywood in 1980 and landed his first role in the TV show Call To Glory. Fed up with one-off appearances, David decided to quit his job as an actor and started working as a prop-maker. A self-taught weapon maker, David worked as a prop maker for more than two years. His props closely mirrored the original which made David one of the best guys in the business.
Over the years, David started working in Westland Weekend and also featured in the TV series, Deadliest Warrior. This was back in 2011 when David faced off against, Joan of Arc. David landed his breakthrough role in 2015 when he was invited to be a part of the reality TV series, Forged in Fire. While David is an expert on the process of weapon-making, he mostly judges them on their historical accuracy and aesthetic beauty. The reality show began airing on the 22nd of July 2015 and recently wrapped up its seventh season. David also stars in the spin-off “Forged in Fire: Beat the Judges” premiered on June 3, 2020, joined by J.Neilson, Doug Marcaida, Ben Abbott in the Judge panel, and Wil Willis as a host.
Even though the art of making weapons has been rendered obsolete over the years, David is still proud of it. Taking words from David’s page,
“What I love about swords, knives, weapons in general especially the historical pieces are they are deadly work of art. I got a great job in the world. I do what I love to do. One of the best things about my job is receiving messages on social media from a father who is saying their daughter wants to be on Forge and build knives. We as a show get to inspire somebody that’s the magic, that’s the best part of this job.”
Even though David is not the guy to shy away from interviews, he is not the one to talk about personal relations. David is believed to be married to Nancy MacKay Valentine. The pair have no children of their own, but Nancy has a son, Mike Valentine from her previous relationship.
David Baker was born on June 12, 1962, in Long Beach, California, United States. He is American and belongs to caucasian ethnicity. His star sign is Gemini.