We received more than 20,000 comments over the course of 15 rounds in our Knife World Cup tournament – no small achievement, and we have all of you to thank! Any time we do a giveaway we hit some of our highest numbers, but this was definitely one of our more successful campaigns. From June 11th to July 18th, we asked you guys to stay tuned to our social media feeds and vote in every round – and one lucky winner (congrats, Daniel!) who did so won a Chris Reeve Sebenza.
The goal of this tournament was for the best knife to win, so we did see some unlikely matchups. We know we compared apples and oranges sometimes, but it was all done at random to ensure that we didn’t put any of our bias into the tournament. We also counted all the comments. Nothing was done by eye – we let an Excel spreadsheet do the work, instead. Here is a rundown of each round so you can see just how much your vote counted.
Round One – Match 01
The Benchmade Griptilian reigned supreme in this round, beating the Ontario Rat 1,257 to 422.
Round One – Match 02
Round two was a shutout victory for Zero Tolerance, whose 0562 beat the Emerson CQC-7 1,253 to 351.
Round One – Match 03
This matchup was much closer than the previous ones – the Buck 110 won over the WE Knives 703, 841 to 533.
Round One – Match 04
Another close round, but Rick Hinderer’s XM-18 still came out on top over Cold Steel’s Recon – the final score was 761 to 575.
Round One – Match 05
One of our closest rounds of the entire tournament, the Kershaw Leek went head-to-head with Boker’s Kwaiken. The Kwaiken came out on top, 709 to 622.
Round One – Match 06
KA-BAR’s 1217 USMC smoked the ESEE Izula – the final score was 1,285 to 681.
Round One – Match 07
This round introduced the overall winner, so we obviously know the outcome of this one – the Chris Reeve Sebenza beat out the Microtech Ultratech 814 to 425.
Round One – Match 08
The final match of round one was a total landslide – Spyderco’s Paramilitary 2 beat the Kizer Gemini 1,022 to 133.
Round Two – Match 01
The Griptilian once again came out on top, beating the Buck 110 1,025 to 372.
Round Two – Match 02
The Sebenza was victorious once again, this time knocking the Boker Kwaiken out of the tournament. The final score was 961 to 323.
Round Two – Match 03
ZT came out on top against Rick Hinderer’s XM-18. The 0562 won 711 to 461.
Round Two – Match 04
The final match of round two brought Spyderco victory – the Paramilitary 2 dominated over the 1217 USMC 923 to 308.
Semi-Finals – Match 01
Things are firing up, and the Griptilian couldn’t take the heat. The Sebenza won 651 to 496.
Semi-Finals – Match 02
The Paramilitary 2 heads to the final round after winning 720 to 459 against the ZT 0562.
The Final Round!
Here we have it – the final round. It was close, and the Paramilitary 2 put up one heck of a fight…but the victory went to the Chris Reeve Sebenza with a final score of 730 to 539.
This was a fun experiment on our end, and we hope you guys got just as much joy as we did reading through the comments and seeing different perspectives on the matchups. Despite our penchant for mischief (looking at you, That’s What I Call Knives: Volume One), nothing was rigged on our end. At the end of the day, we have to give you guys props for your taste in knives – you definitely picked a winner!