Chris Farrell was born in Texas and raised in Staten Island, New York, to a huge and supportive family. Farrell’s love of the fantasy novels, historical documentaries, and a lifelong passion for martial arts and weapons spurred his interest in bladesmithing from a young age. Attracted to the spirituality of the craft, and to the idea of imparting intent and soul into something you create; Farrell began researching the art of bladesmithing.
Farrell’s search led him to Austin, Texas, to pursue a bladesmith apprenticeship. In 2011, Farrell opened his own business to present to the world a non-traditional style of knife-making through which he could explore his craft as a spiritual and artistic undertaking. He built his shop and forge from scratch in his backyard, and began his company: Fearghal Blades. He also co-founded a co-op: Friendly Neighborhood Bladesmiths, with his friends and fellow Bladesmiths: Lynden Lowery and Will Cooke. As a co-op they create blades together, learn from one another, and exchange ideas and wisecracks.
In 2013, Chris was featured in an article on Cracked.com titled: “6 Things Movies Get Wrong About Swords (An Inside Look)”. The article went viral. It has obtained over 3 million views. The article caught the attention of the makers of Forged in Fire, a competitive bladesmithing show on the History Channel. In 2015, Chris was asked to compete on an episode of the show with some of the best bladesmiths in the nation. Chris won after successfully creating a weapon that none of the contestants had ever attempted: the Chakram. Farrell saw his stint on the show as the perfect opportunity to validate the efforts of all the family members and friends who continue to support him through his trials and errors in becoming a bladesmith. He now walks away from the show bearing the official title of a Forged in Fire Champion.