And the hits just keep on comin’: TTAK reaches 6 million page views.

6 million served. Thank you for your support.

Sometime during the 8pm hour this evening TTAK crossed another milestone – our 6 millionth page view. We did it in 7 months and 20 days. While this was only 4 days faster than our 4-5 million time, there was a massive spike in traffic during that period, including our 19k+ best day ever when our Wells Fargo to Hogue: “We won’t do business with weapon manufacturers” post went viral. That wave lasted for a couple of weeks. So I am pleased at the steady growth in the past 7+ months, where we managed to sustain a higher daily average of close to 4000 page views.

Monthly traffic continues an upward trend

There is definitely a positive slope if you fit a regression line to our monthly traffic chart. We did have our 2nd, and 4th best months ever – July: 146,866 views and March 138,899. The latter was due in no small part to Tac Tissy’s ballot-stuffing of our 2017 Knife Madness Tournament. 

We continue to be overwhelmingly archive driven. Of all the posts to come out in this period, only “My son’s “illegal knife” nightmare” just barely cracks our top 50 all time, with 15,900 views which is good for 46th place all time. By contrast, our all time best-performing post – Will Woods’ “The Truth About Damascus” has had more than 39,000 views in the past 3 months alone. It has 273,888 views all time.

For me, the personal highlight of the past 7 months were my visits to TOPS and ESEE/Rowen. And of course last weekend’s Beckerhead Gathering was pretty awesome as well.

There are too many people I want to thank to list them all, I am afraid I will forget someone and inadvertently cause offense. That said, Ethan Becker, Mike Crenshaw, Allen Elishewitz, Dogwood Dan Eastland, Todd Hunt, Kim Breed, Big Chris Berry, Will Woods, and Doug Ritter have all provided either direct contributions to the blog, or have served as both friends and invaluable resources. Their patient explanations of the “inside baseball” of the knife industry has been irreplaceable. I would not be the writer I am and TTAK would not be the blog it has become without all of your help.

Of course I could not do it without support from above and below. I could not ask for more supportive bosses than Robert Farago and Dan Zimmerman. I really couldn’t do it without the help and support of my Associate Editor David Andersen and our team of writers including David W. and Jake Middleton (who has been quiet on the writing front, but has remained a great sounding board and friend).

I want to close by thanking our Editor Emeritus Chris Dumm. He tee’d things up for me, and with the help of our loyal readers, (and the occasional Instapundit link) we have continued to post some fairly impressive scores for such a niche blog as ours.

Stay tuned folks, there are more and bigger things ahead as we search for The Truth About Knives.



  1. Sam L. says:

    What is Chris doing these days?

  2. For all the staff and contributors to TTAK, an outpouring of gratitude is in order. TTAK has become a valuable resource for makers like myself, for knife buyers and the knife world in general. I have garnered much insight, valuable information, heartfelt moments and some good laughs. So keep up the great work, I look forward to more and bigger things in the search for the TRUTH about knives.

  3. Jason says:

    Congrat! Thats awesome very respectable numbers in a considerably short period of time.

  4. stuartb says:

    So this must be around my 3,000th view. Good for us, keep it up!

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