Chris Farrell was born in Texas and raised in Staten Island, New York, to a huge and supportive family. What became a lifelong passion for martial arts and weapons originally stemmed from a love of the fantasy novels and historical documentaries that he consumed as a young adult.
He pursued mixed martial arts as a teenager, but realized in his early 20s that he was far more fascinated by bladesmithing. Attracted to the spirituality that seemed to hang around the craft, and to the idea of imparting intent and soul into something you create, Chris began researching the art of bladesmithing.
Chris’ career as a bladesmith began at the age of 24, when he moved to Austin, Texas, to pursue an apprenticeship he’d been offered. Three years later he opened his own business in order to pursue a non-traditional style of knife-making through which he could explore his craft as a spiritual and artistic undertaking. The business had little success, so Chris threw himself back into research. He discovered more about how he wanted his art and his business to evolve, and eventually decided to open Fearghal Blades as a one-man shop to give him the freedom to pursue his own style of bladesmithing. He built his shop and forge from scratch in his backyard, and created accounts for his business on Etsy and Facebook. He also co-founded a co-op, called Friendly Neighborhood Bladesmiths, with some friends of his, as a way of exchanging ideas, learning from each other, and creating blades together.
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, getting over 2.5 million views, and 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, titled “Chakram”, with some of the best bladesmiths in the nation. Chris won after successfully creating a weapon that none of them had ever even attempted to make, the Chakram that the episode was named after. He saw his stint on the show as the perfect opportunity to validate the efforts of all the people who supported him through his trials and errors in becoming a bladesmith, a sort of grand gesture for the family and friends who’ve helped him over the years. He now walks away from the show bearing the official title of a Forged in Fire Champion.