Seriously, it is never going to stop. I've said it many times the last few years that programs such as Forged In Fire and Man At Arms have been an incredible thorn in the side for us and in many ways is bastardizing what blacksmithing is today. In marketing we are taught that any publicity is good publicity, but in this case I am going to beg to differ. We get minimum 2-3 requests per week to make knives or swords from these shows for budgets of $50-$200. Quite often they want "to make them themselves with our guidance (and shop) for that price. If that is not enough we also get situations like below... Customer request: Can you forge me a weapon like they did on Episode 21.9 of Man at Arms. If so, what is the price?
FMF response: We would be happy to do our best to replicate their effort. Due to the time involved our cost would be $1500 minimum.
Customer response a few days later: That is fucking absurd!! Who do you think you are?! You are not even famous like those guys on YouTube and you are trying to rip me off like that?!? FMF: ... .. .... ... In conclusion (polite version)... If you want a custom made sword, knife, or usable replica of a pop culture weapon please note that it is not as easy as what you see in a 12-45 minute program on your computer screen. The amount of time, effort, and skill required to do this is great, and quite frankly I'd rather trip and fall onto a pile of rusty nails than listen to you babble on about those programs and how cool they make blacksmithing look. Better yet, email people like @chrisgreenblacksmith and he will put up with your ridiculous requests.
If any other bladesmiths want to deal with our crazies, let me know and I'll add you to the list too!