A bladesport champion, martial artists, and expert bladesmiths will use their custom made, historical weapons to slice, stab, and chop their way through a series of grueling challenges designed to test both blades and competitors. Will the Egyptian Khopesh prove that ancient blades are best? Or will a Greek Kopis be the sharpest blade of the bunch? And does a young bladesmith have what it takes to beat the rest? The final two competitors move on to the punishing final course - "Dead Run." Only one will advance to the finale and the chance to win $20,000 and be crowned Knife or Death Champion.