Derek Melton is a part-time blacksmith & bladesmith who calls Clinton, Mississippi home. Derek has been working with wood and metal for most of his life and has been making knives and other items from metal since 1999. Blessed with the ability, desire and opportunity to make things with his hands, Derek is constantly searching for new ways to use his talents as a Mississippi craftsman. Derek has taken numerous classes and studied with several blacksmithing instructors over the years. Having a love for the forged blade and a keen eye for detail Derek took his skills to Television in 2018 and appeared on an episode of the hit History Channel show “Forged in Fire” where he competed for and won the title of ‘Forged in Fire Champion’ on episode 21 of Season 5. Derek currently serves as the webmaster and secretary on the board of the Mississippi Forge Council (MFC) and can often be found demonstrating blacksmithing in the MFC’s McIntosh Blacksmith shop on the grounds of the Mississippi Agricultural Museum in Jackson, Mississippi. Each item for sale in the online store is hand-made by Derek, unique and made to order. Derek’s current makers mark is simply his name “Melton” with an elongated and stylized “t” which represents his faith in Christ. Questions for Derek? Contact him here.
Appearances & Events
July 2018 - History Channel’s Forged in Fire - Season 5 Episode 21 “The Smallsword” Four bladesmiths spring into action when they are tasked with forging friction folders from a huge steel coil. Without knowing how their blades will be tested, they must produce weapons that can withstand any test. In the final round, the two remaining smiths head back to their home forges to create a blade that requires both precision and detail: the French Smallsword. Whose blade will bend under pressure, and whose will earn them $10,000 and the status of Forged in Fire Champion?
July 2018 Fans of the Forge Podcast Interview
August 2018 Good things Radio Show with Rebecca Turner
August 2018 The JT Show. Derek stopped by the studio to talk with JT about what all goes into blacksmithing and how you can get involved in the Magnolia State! If you missed his conversation, you can find it here
November 2018 WJTV “What’s working?” - Dueling Sword Earns Top Honors.
June 2019 Podcast Guest on ‘The ForgeCast’
June 2019 Featured bladesmithing demonstrator for the joint Gulf Coast Blacksmithing Association/Louisiana Metal Smiths Association meeting in Robert LA.