Everything to know about Ilya Alekseyev from Forged in Fire

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Ilya Alekseyev is a master armorer and engraver, who appeared in the renowned reality TV show about forging, Forged in Fire, in 2016. He came to the show to showcase his skills and went home as the winner of the episode “Spiked Shield.” Ilya was already a reputed name in the forging world long before he made it to the famous show. Thanks to another TV show Man at Arms which focused on craftsmanships of various blacksmiths from around the world. Here’s a short biography on Ilya.

Ilya Alekseyev Wiki: Age, Birthday, Nationality, Education

Ilya was born on April 13, 1987, in Troitsk, Russia. He grew up in his hometown and also received his primary education there. He lived in Troitsk until 2002, after which he moved to the U.S.A. as a teenager.

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Ilya was inclined to the craftmanship of bladed weapons from a young age. So when he went to the U.S.A., he joined the American Univerity’s College of Arts and Sciences. Next, he enrolled in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. 

Ilya’s crafts reflect art history, Asian studies, and philosophy. 

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Where is Ilya Alekseyev now in 2019?

Ilya’s career as an armorer started blooming when he joined Man at Arms: Reforged in 2014. He was one of the main cast members of the series and appeared in 63 episodes until 2017 when the show was canceled.  In 2017, he came back as a cast member of Man at Arms: Art of Wars. The show ran for a year and he appeared in 18 episodes of this franchise. 

During the interim, Ilya appeared on the History channel’s hit reality show, Forged in Fire. He appeared during the second season’s fourth episode, Spiked Shield, which dated back to March 8, 2016. He competed against other forgers like Michael Coffey, Tim Hintsala and John Gruber and ended up as the winner of that episode.

On all the TV shows, he proved to be an unbeatable armorer with an amazing expertise in Damascus steel, bloomery steel, and engraving. 

ilya alekseyev at a convention

Over the years, he has also been showcasing his skills at various conventions like Otakon, AniMore, Anime USA, MAGFest and more. 

Besides, he also used to work with Baltimore Knife and Sword as an armorer and product designer. However, as per his Instagram profile (@slavicsmith) suggests he’s on a break from the forging business. 

His bio on Instagram reads, “Hello and thank you for visiting my page. Unfortunately I no longer make swords of any kind.” Apparently, he has not been active on his account since early July. 

Over 19.2K followers on his Instagram are curious to find out where Ilya is at present but he has not shared any updates as of late. 

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Who is Ilya Alekseyev’s girlfriend?

It’s true that fans have not heard from Ilya for quite a long time. However, even during the time he was active on social media, he has never shared any details of his personal life. 

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His social media is filled with pictures of his creations and co-workers but none revealing his girlfriend or any family members. Presumably, he is single as of now. We’ll be sure to bring you more updates in the future.

1 Reply on Everything to know about Ilya Alekseyev from Forged in Fire

  • matt stagmer

    matt stagmer - Reply

    Update to this story. Ilya now has his own shop in Fredrick Maryland and has started his own youtube channel along with Matt Stagmer called "That Works" . Their main focus is to teach the craft as the headliner show on the youtube channel is called Your Edge that is dedicated to showing how people can tackle certain tasks that may seem overwhelming until they are broken down by the duo. Ilya is also taking custom bladed and armor order again and is now also focused on producing a high end series of hand forged tools such as Hammers and Tongs.
    • Jermoy Degraw

      Jermoy Degraw - Reply

      Matt and Ilya inspired me to make knives and I hope we see more content from them...I thoroughly enjoy their videos and have learned more than a little from both of them..keep it up guys

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