TTAK Knife Madness 2017: CRKT vs. SOG



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Our TTAK Knife Madness tournament continues with one of the more evenly matched pairings in first round. #4 CRKT vs #5 SOG. Both companies are American-based, but the overwhelming majority of their production takes place overseas.

Before we break-down today’s competitors, a reminder. You can vote twice per day, once in the Comment section below, and once on the Facebook link.


We need to disclose that CRKT has been good to us over the years. They have given us several knives to review, including the Ken Onion Hootenanny, Halfachance Machete, Foults’ Minimalist. David has reviewed several as well, the Homefront, G.S.D. and Ritter MK6 though I am pretty sure at least some of these were personal purchases. The highlight of my relationship with CRKT was being invited to ChopFest, a private media event at Blade Show 2014.


CRKT® (Columbia River Knife and Tool®) was founded in 1994. From day one, we put innovation and integrity first. We made a commitment to build knives and tools that would inspire and endure. We collaborate with the best designers in the world and operate on a simple principle: that the greatest thing we can give our customers is Confidence in Hand®.

Some companies have more extensive background information on company history. Of course, many of those companies have histories dating back much farther. CRKT instead uses their YouTube channel extensively for both original content as well as demos of their knives.

Twitter: @CRKTweet
Instagram: @crkt_knives
Facebook Page
YouTube Channel.

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I do not have a lot of experience with SOG knives. The same vision and image they actively market, hyper-tactical and military, might appeal to your less savvy knife consumers but just isn’t my cup of tea. They do actually make hunting and more general-purpose knives, and even have a premium line of knives that are made in the USA, but this is honestly a company that has flown under my radar. The fact that they do not attend BLADE Show has not helped, as I have not been able to forge a personal connection with the company.

Several of their knives have a great reputation though. The SEAL Pup, reviewed by Editor Emeritus Chris Dumm, is a particularly popular and solid choice for a sub-$100 Taiwanese-made fixed-blade. Chris also reviewed the SogFari Machete – which he does not recommend. Nathan reviewed the Flash I, which he liked, and I have reviewed their ubiquitous “Key-Knife” which is actually very good for what it is supposed to be. They also make multitools, packs and some EDC gear.

We do have a lot of other SOG content in our archives as well.


Our story begins in Vietnam, where members of a highly classified US special ops unit – known as MACV-SOG – carried a unique combat knife into the jungle on covert missions. Years later, in 1986, that knife inspired a young designer, named Spencer Frazer, to found SOG Specialty Knives. His mission: to reproduce the original SOG Bowie knife and pay tribute to the special ops unit that created it. What began as a single commemorative model soon became a full line of innovative tools – field-proven by US Special Forces, even honored as the Navy SEAL knife of choice. Today, SOG knives are carried with confidence into the most demanding situations. Forged out of tradition, hardened in the field, honed for you.

So whether you’re protecting others or leading an epic hunting expedition, tackling one of life’s everyday challenges or facing your most extreme conditions yet, lead the way with SOG.

Twitter: @SOGknives
Instagram: @sogknives
Facebook Page
YouTube Channel

Yesterday’s match between #1 Kershaw and #8 Coast was unfortunately a bit of a snoozer. Kershaw mopped the floor with Coast, winning 17-1. Thank you to all who voted. Please vote on today’s match in the comments below or follow the link to vote on Facebook. Remember, you are allowed to vote twice.

You can see all of the previous matchups here.

You can see the complete brackets here.


  1. DENNIS O'BRIEN says:

    The CRKT knives I have are more impressive than the SOG ones for sure.

    My choice is therefore CRKT

  2. Willie Pfisterbottom says:

    SOG, for their SanMai offerings

  3. Daniel J says:

    CRKT, not even close.

  4. cmeat says:

    the seal pup gets retailed for 15 dollars near the holidays. i like mine.
    crkt get my vote here. between the wonderful swindle blade shape and the solidity of the full throttle, these are some of my favorite imports.

  5. Sam L. says:

    My first multitool was a SOG, and I still have it and carry it. Still, I’m going for CRKT.

  6. Cubbie says:

    CRKT. Gave SOG a try as their HQ is nearby but just wasn’t impressed with the designs or the quality.

  7. stuartb says:

    I own 3 SOGs, so I vote CRKT

  8. Cadeyrn says:

    SOG appears to have gone more of the “mass market” approach than CRKT. By this I mean, you get a reasonably serviceable product for a reasonable price. Moreover, their recent product lines seem to be trying too hard to be “edgy” rather than just hold a good edge.

    For people who like knives and edged weapons and who rely upon them, it is CRKT. They just make better knives. My vote: CRKT.

  9. Mosinfan says:

    SOG- Sogzilla for the win. CRKT m16 for the loss.

  10. Chase M says:

    When SOG was a new company they were innovative and made some very high quality knives mostly coming out of Seki, but I have to go with CRKT for their emphasis on quality at all price points.

  11. I personally don’t own any SOG knives but own several CRNT so obviously my vote goes for CRNT

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