TTAK Knife Madness Round 2: Hogue vs. TOPS



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Now that that is out of the way, onto today’s matchup – the “Battle of the Cinderella’s”. Hogue and TOPS knocked off Spyderco and Microtech respectively, with both companies getting in on action by sharing their posts across social media. It led to massively lopsided scores. Hopefully, today’s numbers will be massive and close.

You can see Hogue’s company profile and matchup with Spyderco here. They put up a gaudy score: 94 – 37. This was far and away the highest round one total for any company.

We also have some upcoming Hogue content that I should mention. I have two Allen Eleshiwitz posts in the queue, his “5 from the Grinder” and a piece titled “Talking Tactical with Allen Elishewitz” which arises from my visit to his workshop a couple of weeks ago. I was travelling last week so I couldn’t get them pulled together, and I thought it would not be fair to post one concurrently with Hogue’s contest today.

Enjoy the videos.


TOPS also put up an extremely lopsided score, beating Microtech 49-4.  I spoke with Craig at TOPS the other day, both to give him a heads up on this upcoming contest, but more importantly to discuss my upcoming visit in June. If you missed it, I am headed out to fish the Snake with a buddy, and am going to take advantage of the fact I will be flying into Idaho Falls. I am really looking forward to the trip.


Yesterday’s contest featured USA- Modern heavyweights Zero Tolerance and Emerson. Emerson put up a respectable total of 27 points, but a timely share by ZT designer and custom maker Les George rallied their fans to take the win with 42 points.

Thank you to Les for spreading the word, and thank you to all who voted.

Tomorrow we will be moving over to the Import- East with Al Mar vs. Cold Steel.


  1. Jonathan Zook says:


  2. Trenton Mitsuoka says:


  3. Big papa says:

    Hogue takes it. Superior blade

  4. Uncle Ed says:

    Hogue has superior design and construction. The knife holds an edge better than most.. I’ll take them anyday!

  5. Jerry Turner says:


  6. Amanofdragons says:


  7. Jim says:

    Hogue Knives!…A much higher value for the price.

  8. kurt grimes says:

    Hogue for me

  9. kurt grimes says:


  10. Christina says:

    Hogue is a great Knife !!

  11. Jenn says:

    Hogue knives and products beat the competition hands down day after day…HOGUE!

  12. Steve says:

    Hogue all the way!

  13. Nelson Dymond says:


  14. Peter says:

    TOPS. Basic, not gimmicky.

  15. Martin Gephart says:


  16. William says:

    Hogue Knives quality.

  17. Aimee Williams Competitive Shooter says:

    Hogue is Awesome

  18. Mike says:

    Tops. The knifes speak for themselves, no further comment needed.

  19. Jason says:

    Hogue! Form and Function

  20. Gary says:

    Hogue Inc

  21. Lee Ames says:


  22. cmeat says:

    i would like both.
    i vote tops.

  23. Stick Fighter says:


  24. Bill Holt says:


  25. Keri says:

    Hogue all the way!

  26. Neil Hogue says:

    Hogue of course!

  27. TYE says:


  28. Flora says:

    Awesome Hogue knives!

  29. Pat Hogue says:

    I think the Hogue is the one I like best.

  30. Joel H. says:

    TOPS for the win!

  31. Ric fondren says:

    TOPS knives beat every other one I have tried and IMO they are the closet quality to my 2 Randall’s. I started using them just a few years after they came out and I needed a good fixed blade plus some of there other styles and not a one failed me unlike some of the others I tried and that includes Hogue. I found that there customer service fell short when I called about some short comings on a Hogue I received a sorry about that. I was in the military in the 50s and 60s after that turned to law enforcement and I have been trained in edged weapons. I am retired now but that does not mean I have to settle for less and I have 5 right now and I am saving for my next one which I am hoping to bring home a Desert Son. TOPS keeps you on top no matter what

    1. Hogue Inc. says:

      Hello Ric,
      First of all, from all of us at Hogue Knives, we apologize for the experience you’ve had and would like to work to remedy this. Can you please contact us at 1800-GET-GRIP and dial extension 227. Or, email customer service and we will get back to you right away. Our customer service manager is very concerned about this and would like to find out more info as well as do what we can to make things right. Sorry again for the inconvenience and please contact us at your earliest convenience.

  32. Kristina says:


  33. Brittni says:


  34. Peter Leongini says:


  35. Steve H. says:

    Hogue – Best quality.

  36. Cadeyrn says:


  37. Mike says:

    Hogue for sure!

  38. Robert says:

    TOPS will do the job that breaks lesser blades!!

  39. Patrick Wolfe says:

    TOPS Definitely!

  40. Robert Carter says:

    Hogue all the way.

  41. Kyle says:

    Tops 100% a real knife company.

  42. Cy Quinn says:

    Hogue all the way, that X5 is AWESOME!

  43. Big Steve says:


  44. Matt Gallagher says:


  45. Teresa Ralls says:


  46. jeff luck says:


  47. Iris says:


  48. Chase M. says:


  49. Tammy says:

    Hogue Inc.

  50. Cen Cal Cerakote says:


  51. Jodi Smith says:


  52. Ty says:

    Hogue. Quality craftsmanship.

  53. Josh says:

    Hogue. Impeccable quality.

  54. Trish Hendrix says:


  55. David Hendrix says:


  56. Kevin Harrison says:

    Tops, quality you can trust your life with, no question

  57. Bruce Bailey says:


  58. Hunter Avery says:


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TTAK Knife Madness Round 2: Hogue vs. TOPS

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