I have been mulling this idea over for a while, and after discussing it with David and Jake have decided to go for it this year. We are going to play a little game for the month of March, running a bracket-style “tournament” pitting pairs of manufacturers against each other in a completely subjective manner – gradually whittling it down to the overall champion.
We have selected 32 knife manufacturers and divided them into 4 regional divisions: USA Legacy, USA Modern, Import Eastern, and Import Western. Each morning in Round 1, we will announce the daily pairing. Then it is completely up to you, the readers. How you chose your favorite is completely subjective. It can be as simple as “I think X brand’s knives are ugly” or “my first knife was an X”. It can be from reviews we have run here at TTAK, which will be linked where applicable. I am certain name recognition will play a part. It doesn’t matter why you vote, just vote.
You can actually vote twice per day. Once in the comment section of each pairing, and once on our Facebook page. There you will be voting with a “Like” for Brand X and “Love” for brand Y. Each day’s winner will advance to Round 2.
The Regional seedings were selected at random from among the 8 companies in each division.