Ep 19: Patrick Rollins on Knives, Bushcraft, & Survival Training

Ep 19: Patrick Rollins on Knives, Bushcraft, & Survival Training
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Patrick Rollins is the lead instructor for Randall's Adventure & Training and is part of the team at ESEE Knives. He developed his enthusiasm for the outdoors from an early age, growing up camping, hunting, fishing, and a member of the Boy Scouts before spending 19 years as a Sheriff's Deputy in Whitfield County, Georgia. Since then, he has taught numerous classes in the US and the Amazon jungles of Peru. 

Randall's Adventure & Training teaches survival, Bushcraft, land navigation, basic human tracking, single rope techniques, rope rescue, cave rescue, wilderness first responder, and Search and Rescue classes.

Patrick is certified as a First Responder, Firearms Instructor, Glock Armorer, Rope Rescue Technician, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, and Wilderness First Responder. He has many hours of training in various skill sets, including woodland operations, wilderness survival training, land navigation, and tracking. 

He has been a Law Enforcement Instructor since 2001 and served on the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team (Entry and Sniper) from 2001 to 2004. 


  • "Be adaptable."
  • "Get comfortable with being uncomfortable."
  • "Get out there and do it."

Topics Discussed:

  • 5 Cs of survivability 
  1. Cutting
  2. Combustion
  3. Cordage
  4. Container
  5. Cover
  • Patrick's background & love of the outdoors
  • The difference between Survival & Bushcraft
  • Esee's most popular knives
  • How to get started in Bushcraft
  • Deciphering "good" information
  • The start of Randall's Adventure & Training
  • Gear testing & customer feedback 
  • Knife steels
  • Testing the limits of gear
  • Favorite knife styles and their applications 
  • Future company plans
  • How to manage ticks while in nature
  • Understanding what a good knife is
  • Are there too many outdoor companies?
  • The outdoor class that everyone should take
  • The "Glock" of knives
  • Life lessons from the outdoors

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