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By Genevieve Shuey
For the Sentinel 

Vachon a hit


September 11, 2019

The newest Goldendale celebrity is the mysterious and elusive Joe Vachon also known as Joe the Blacksmith. He was recently a contestant on the History Channel’s show Forged in Fire, a competition for bladesmiths consisting of three rounds of challenges, with a prize of $10,000 and a championship title for the winner. Vachon’s episode is number 27, The Bhuj.

The first challenge asked four contestants to cull steel from a barber’s chair and barbers tools such as box razors, straight razors, hair clippers, razor blades, and even cans of shaving cream, combined with 1095 steel powder, to make a Canister Damascus billet from which they had to form a blade. The knives were inspected by t...

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