Good morning and welcome to our tip-off “game” of the first TTAK Knife Madness tournament. The voting is now open for our first matchup, Ontario Knife Company vs. W.R. Case and Sons. You can vote twice, once on the website and once on Facebook each day. To vote on TTAK, leave a comment below with your pick. To vote on the TTAK Facebook page, “Like” this post to choose Ontario, “Love” this post to vote for Case.
There will be a different matchup each day, and voting will run from Midnight to Midnight EST. The company with the most total Likes/Loves and votes in the blog comments will be the winner and advance. When the Final 4 is reached, USA Legacy division will play USA Modern, and Imports- East will square off against Imports- West with the winner advancing to the Final.
So onto today’s matchup. Technically, I should have started with #1 KA BAR vs. #8 Utica Cultery, but since Case shared our announcement post yesterday, I wanted to capitalize on the exposure and kick this off with a bang. Please share this with your knife-friends who may not know about TTAK. The more people who participate, the better this is going to work.
Today’s matchup is #4 Ontario Knife Company vs. #5 W.R. Case and Sons. A rough opening round seeding for these two historically great companies. The seedings are random, but for consistency’s sake, we will profile the higher-seed first throughout the tournament.
Ontario Knife Company:
Founded in 1889, Ontario Knife Company® has been making cutlery and tools in Upstate New York for over 125 years. OKC has been a major supplier to the United States Armed Forces since WWII and continues that tradition today with over 50 active NSNs. Ontario Knife Company’s products are overbuilt and purpose driven to fulfill the promise of our slogan – The Knife You Need When You Need a Knife®
We have done several reviews of OKC knives, including the RAT-1 Folder, the TAK (& here), and Blackbird SK-5, but the most fun we have had with OKC products is experimenting with modding their Old Hickory knives. David has done several (here, here) and I have made one modest atttempt at that, as well as putting a clip-point on my TAK.
W.R Case and Sons:
I have owned a couple of Case Stockman folders, but Jake Middleton is really the Case fanboy. He attended the Case Collectors reunion last year, and has written reviews of the Seahorse Whittler, and Trapper models.
W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company is an American manufacturer of premium, hand-crafted knives that are passed down for generations. Based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Case’s offerings cover a wide range of product categories, from traditional folding pocket knives and fixed blade sporting knives to limited production commemoratives and collectables.
The company’s rich history began in 1889 when four brothers – William Russell (W.R.), Jean, John, and Andrew Case (a.k.a. ‘The Case Brothers’) began fashioning knives and selling them along a wagon trail in upstate New York. W.R.’s son, John Russell (Russ) Case, a former salesman for the Case Brothers brand, launched W.R. Case & Sons around the turn of the 20th century. Russ’s father acted as his son’s consultant, helping to stabilize the company’s early finances while building a reputation as a dependable supplier of high-quality cutlery.
Today Case is owned by Zippo Manufacturing Company, makers of the world famous Zippo windproof lighter, another family-owned business based in Bradford. The company’s original knife concepts and manufacturing methods have been recognized with awards and features from major print publications, international trade organizations and events, broadcast television shows and major motion pictures.
Please vote for your favorite of these two great companies. The criteria for your decision are completely subjective and entirely up to you. It could be for any reason from personal experience to just your overall impression of the company’s reputation or how much their offerings appeal to you.
Tomorrow’s matchup will be KA BAR vs. Utica Cutlery
You can view the 4 regional brackets here.