From TOPS Knives:
Episode 10: My Name is Josh SwanagonJoshua Swanagon is the first of 3 special guests that the team had at Shot Show 2020. Leo, Craig, and Edgar talk to Josh about his trip to the Colombian jungle among other interesting stories.
I have been honored to be a part of the TOPS Knives family for a great many years, so when they asked me if I would join them on their new Podcast – TOPS Daily Grind – during this year’s SHOT Show, it broke my heart to see that they had already hit rock bottom like this. But I have always tried to do everything I could to help them out any way that I could, so I agreed.
All kidding aside, their new Podcast is already amazing, and I am humbled to be a part of it at such an early stage. I had an absolute blast and might have even spilled the beans on a thing or two.
Disclaimer, I tend to stammer a bit when being recorded. Probably why I am a writer.
I was not the only one to be interviewed during SHOT Show this year, a couple good friends of mine also came on the show the next night (if you listen closely, you will hear me in both of those podcasts as well) and will be coming out very soon.
One is my very good friend Joe Flowers of Bushcraft Global. During my show I kid around about Joe talking a lot, but the reality is, if you ever get the opportunity to sit and listen to Joe, I promise you will not leave without laughing and learning something. He is amazing.
The second is another good friend of mine, Bernabe Velarde of Big B Leatherworks. He is an incredible artist and does amazing work with leather. He is also the designer of Road Dog Adventure Blade, Made by TOPS Knives.
Be watching for their episodes as well, we all had a blast.
During the show we discuss the two designs I have with TOPS Knives – the Backwoods Skinner and C.U.T. 4.0 – and they are designs that I have held very dear over the years. Hopefully there will be more soon, but for now, keep your eyes open for these two.
The years I have spent as a part of the TOPS Knives family has been a source of great pride for me – as well as being some great memories that I will never forget. Below are some shots throughout the years. There is a part of me that regrets not having photos of all of our exploits. Although, there is also a part of me that is glad there isn’t – I might need a lawyer if there were. K&G
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Joshua Swanagon has studied survival in both urban and wilderness environments in Colorado and Michigan for most of his life, while also adding experience in harsher terrains abroad. He utilizes his experience and years of diverse martial arts and combatives training and real world application as a self-defense/combatives instructor, published freelance writer and Field Editor for various magazines in the fields of knives, survival, self-defense and tactical subject matters. Joshua also brings with him his years of experience as Editor of, and Subject Matter Expert for Knives Illustrated Magazine.
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