Buying a forged club is not a magic pill. I have had several sets. None of them are really all that remarkable or stand out except for one very important factor. The steel they are made from can be bent! I can not emphasize this enough. They allow you to alter the club to fit you if you do not coincidentally fit the club. My journey has been a rough and frustrating road. I am tall and all the charts say I should use 4 degrees upright lie. Of course I follow the advise and bend them up. My game still sucked. After 20 years of field trials I have learned to use 6 degrees flat. Yes 6 DEGREES FLAT and I'm 6"4" tall. Many years ago I made a clone of the pro bending machines and bend them my self. I won't bend anything but forged soft steel irons anymore. I have tried to bend stainless and broke them etc.
You asked "So I was wondering if under any circumstances you would recommend forged irons to someone who isn't a low handicapper."
I say under every circumstance everyone who does not magically fit the off the shelf golf club (which is just about every one) should use forged clubs. They can be tweaked (bent) to fit that particular golfer.
I am going to take a bit of a shot at the manufactures: They come out with all these gimmicks to convince the buyer that that gimmick will be the magic pill that takes their game to the mountain top. What will improve their game is the adjustment for:
1) Weight so as not to feel like a fly swatter (mine is 2 ounces of lead heavier)
2) The correct length to produce a not too steep swing plane (mine is plus 3")
3) AND THE CORRECT LIE TO MATCH THE LENGTH (mine is 6 degrees flat) This is the value of a forged mild steel club head. They can ALSO be tweaked (bend loft) to get an odd fellow to fall evenly spaced for distance with the rest of the set.