TTAK Knife Madness Round 2: Cold Steel vs. Al Mar


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Before I get to today’s Import- East matchup between Cold Steel and Al Mar, I need to make a few remarks about Monday’s epic match between Hogue and TOPS. It was something to behold. It was shared by Hogue, Allen Elishewitz personally, TOPS’ social media. Member’s of the Hogue family left comments, and the company even reached out to a reader who expressed a negative customer experience. Thank you everyone for getting in on the spirit of this tournament. In the end, while Hogue put up a gaudy total of more than 200 points, TOPS’ 116  will quite possibly be the highest “losing” score in the tournament. (Results as of 11:30pmEDT, final total will trickle in higher)

A great showing for sure and as I mentioned, I can’t wait to visit TOPS this June and bring you all the story of that experience. For now here is Today’s Cold Steel / Al Mar matchup.

Cold Steel:

Cold Steel reached the Sweet 16 by beating Kizer by a quiet 14-11 score. Neither company shared the post. hopefully there will be better engagement today. Remember, you can see Cold Steel’s company profile at the link.


Al Mar:

Al Mar’s Round 1 contest with WE Knives was also a quiet one, with a lopsided 15-4 score. Again, there was no engagement by either company.


Be sure to check out Allen Elishewitz’s 5 from the Grinder piece, going live at 8am EDT Tuesday. I didn’t want to run it until after their TOPS match, so I have waited to post it.



  1. Willie Pfisterbottom says:

    Both are Japan made. It’s a toss up. I’m leaning towards Cold Steel. Al Mar ten years ago would win.

  2. Cubbie says:

    Al Mar.

  3. Cadeyrn says:

    Cold Steel. Because: reasons.

  4. Peter says:

    Cold Steel.

  5. stuartb says:

    Cold Steel

  6. knightofbob says:

    Al Mar.

  7. cmeat says:

    this one reminds me of the last presidential election. anything but cold steel.
    al- mar.

    1. al mar is by far the greater value……every aspect of quality is there from the design to the fit and finish…….these are knives for everyday carry for gentlemen to tactical operators….. I never leave home without one….

  8. VaqueroJustice says:

    Cold Steel

  9. Daniel J says:

    Cold Steel.
    Because where else can I find boots full of meat?

  10. Jay says:

    Cold Steel

  11. Stick Fighter says:

    Al Mar

  12. Trip says:

    Al-Mar..Cold Steel has some nice knives but the majority lack the fit/finish and attention to detail Al-Mar produces..

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TTAK Knife Madness Round 2: Cold Steel vs. Al Mar

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