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1611, 2011

Phil Rose Custom Survival Knife Maker Interview

By |November 16th, 2011|Survival News|3 Comments

Phil Rose has quickly become a rising star in the world of custom-made knives. In just 5 years his knives have become so sought after that waiting periods for one can be as long as 8 months. Unlike most custom knives, the demand is not for their flash.

I interviewed Mr. Rose in particular because of his PSK series of knives. Several months ago they came to my attention; simple, elegant, and built to last, his knives represent what may well be the perfect custom survival knife.

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Rose, and discussing him and his knives.

Aaron: Where did you grow up and how did you get interested in the outdoors?

Phil: Well, I grew up in Manteca California about ten miles from Ripon, where I now live. I’ve always been interested in the outdoors. I don’t know what really got me started on that, probably because I just don’t like the city.

Growing up, my mom used to drop me off by the river here in Ripon. I’d go down there with a Cold Steel SRK and – I believe it was Larry Dean Olsen’s Outdoor Survival – anyway I’d take some Para-cord with me and a bottle of water, and I would spend most days of my summer down there practicing, learning and having one hell of a time. That’s pretty much what got me started in the outdoors and survival.

I’ve been studying outdoor survival on and off since I was about 8 or 10. Obviously knives are a natural part of outdoor survival. That’s kind of what led me to doing PSKs. I just couldn’t find what I was looking for out there.

Actually, before I started making knives I made sheaths. The knives that I was using, I had several custom sheaths made and I would just destroy them. I wasn’t overly hard on things, but I just knew there had to be a better way. Been making sheaths since I was 16 and I’m 30 now, so from there it’s history.

Aaron: I read that you couldn’t find what you wanted. Is that what directly led you into making your own knives?

Phil: Yes and No. What really got me started making my own knives was when I left the military I didn’t want to work for anyone else. I just wanted to work for myself. I’ve always loved knives. I’ve always loved guns. When I first left the service I was planning on being a knife maker slash gunsmith. I still do a good bit of gunsmithing for myself, but I just decided that knives are where I belong. There’s a lot less paperwork and hassle [laughter].

Before I went into the service, when I was in high school, I worked in a knife store in Modesto. I did get one grinding lesson while I was working there. The owner of the store was a knife maker. He let me come over and spend the day grinding out a knife. I never did finish that knife, but it did give me a good bit of insight into what needed to be done. That was actually the only instruction I ever received.

Aaron: I was going to ask, where did you learn to make knives?

While I was in Germany I forged out a few blades over there. Actually, I turned the company BBQ into a forge. I found some tent stakes that I could actually harden and forged out a few knives, and ended up melting the BBQ [laughter]. It was a good time though.

Used to piss people off that I was out there 7 o’clock, 8 o’clock in the morning on a Saturday. Out there with an Anvil that the motor pool got rid of. I was out there, “Ding ding ding”, right in front of the barracks.

Aaron: [laughter] I am sure they did not appreciate that much.

Phil: No, no no. I was called just about everything you could possibly think of. And then people would sober up, come down and ask me to sharpen their knives. [laughter] Eh, kind of amusing. Good times though. Definitely good times.

While I was in the service I saved up a bunch of money. Unlike most people who just basically drank their paychecks. Most would go down to the Irish pub or something like that and dump a hundred Euros, 150 Euros in a night. I put my money away. When I was at Walter Reed getting my leg fixed I was ordering machinery. […]

1110, 2011

A Tribute To Ron Hood: Woodsmaster

By |October 11th, 2011|Survival News|0 Comments

On Saturday October 8, 2011 I received an email about a limited edition Survival Quarterly issue titled A Tribute To The Woodsmaster. 

For those not familiar with Ron Hood, he was one of the most knowledgable and yet humble wise men of our day when it comes to bushcraft and survival topics. I never got the chance […]

102, 2011
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Special Report: Riots Abroad and In The US

By |February 1st, 2011|Survival News, Urban Survival Podcast Episodes|2 Comments

Hosts Aaron Frankel and Jonathan Kanarek discuss the riots going on in Egypt, Middle East, and Northern Africa. Jonathan - a UT Political Science and Anthropology Grad - explains what causes riots, the economic affects of the riots currently going on, and if we could see similar riots in the United States in the foreseeable future.
1611, 2010
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Coyote Attacks On People

By |November 16th, 2010|Survival News|1 Comment

Not too long ago a couple of friends and I were having lunch and the subject of Coyotes came up. Our conversations often (more often than not) take on some random subjects, but Coyotes attacking someone we knew was a stretch considering we live in the fourth largest city in CONUS. One of my friends, […]

2610, 2010

Gimme Shelter: Modern Disaster Shelters

By |October 26th, 2010|Survival News|0 Comments

There are five main tenants of survival: Food, Water, Shelter, Warmth, and Security. The last two, warmth and security, you will find change from survival “expert” to survival expert, but the first three everyone agrees on.

Shelter is often one that does not get enough attention. Preppers will focus on mountains of food, dozens of gallons […]

1110, 2010
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Silencers: Truth, Lies, and Zombies

By |October 11th, 2010|Friday Survival Gear Reports, Survival News|3 Comments

Why Silencers Are A Useful Tool
Depending on the caliber, silenced firearms protect hearing without the shooter and people close by from having to wear hearing protection. In most instances, Silencers reduce the sound of a firearm to below OSHA guideline level for hearing damage. New shooters taught with silenced firearms are less likely to develop a flinch as they are […]


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