History


It has been my great fortune to be born into a family dedicated to the traditions of the out-of-doors where a good knife is an essential piece of equipment.

My father, Doun T. Rose, Sr., was a well known custom gun maker and big game hunting outfitter. From this fountainhead, I was taught the appreciation of quality work as an expression of art in form of function. I made my first blade at age eight, hot forging a bridge spike into a crude dagger which I promptly lost using it as a throwing knife. It was the first of many knives that I have hand made.

Drafted at 18 into the turbulance of Vietnam and the cold war only furthered my appreciation of a good blade. By the time I had retired from military service in 1994, I had amassed a small, but significant collection of fine, custom and bench made knives from around the world. My appreciation and understanding of the art form of bladesmithing was firly anchored.

Joining the Knife Makers Guild and the American Bladesmith Society (ABS), I was honored with the William Scagel Memorial Scholarship in 2002 and attended the famous Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing in Old Washington, Arkansas. Currently, in addition to working in my own shop, I apprentice to renown master blacksmith, Dan Nickels, at Black Rock Forge in Traverse City, Michigan.

What started as a retirement hobby 17 years ago, donating hand crafted knives to organizations such as Trout Unlimited, The Ruffed Grouse Society and the Father Fred Foundation (among others), for their fund raising efforts has turned into an obsession and full-time business.

Today, I am proud to say, I hand craft under the Rose Cutlery name, some of the finest one-off custom and bench made cutlery knives available. While this may seem like an idle boast, you are invited to query any of my customers. My work carries an absolute, unconditional guarantee.