How to Throw a Throwing Knife
Knife throwing has been in practice for a long time, but exactly how long it’s been in existence is still unknown. However, it’s known that the sport was one way that soldiers in the American Civil War passed time in the camps.
What’s amazing is it has stood the test of time and remains a sport, an art, and a means of entertainment. It’s important to learn the principles of knife throwing before you give it a try, but it’s no rocket science.
It’s a fairly simple pastime to learn.
Choosing a Throwing Knife and Target
First thing first, you need a knife that has been specifically designed for throwing. Some people prefer making their own knives. This is considered an advanced aspect of the sport, which we’ll discuss later.
A good throwing knife exhibits the following features:• Dull edges • Sharp point • Rounded corners • Thick enough that the tip won’t bend on impact • Minimal cut-outs or perforations in the design • No fancy handles or grips • Weight of at least 10-12 ounces • At least 12 inches long
You should consider going for simple designs with no embellishments if you’re just starting out. This will help you while learning to throw accurately because plain knives are much easier to throw.
If there are no knife shops near you, you can always opt for online shops where you will find plenty of these knives in all sizes and shapes at affordable prices. As you choose, remember that you’re looking for a knife of the proper length and weight that will stick firmly into your target when you do the actual throwing.
In terms of target material, wood is the best. If you are planning to make a target material yourself then a round section of a large log would be ideal.
If you can’t get that, then you may consider these other options:
Planks—Wooden planks will also work well. However, keep in mind that the wider the plank the better.
Lumber Yards—You must enquire at your local lumberyard to see if you can get any log scraps, which, in most cases, they throw away.
Firewood Dealers—You can consider checking the classifieds for local firewood sources. These are sometimes free and provide a cheap solution.
Friends—People cut down trees every single day. You could be someone’s problem-solver.
When it comes to the best wood types the soft woods top the list. These include pine, poplar, and cottonwood. Owing to their soft nature, softwoods offer a good sticking surface for your knives as opposed to the hardwoods, like plywood and oak, which will obviously cause the knives to bounce off.
If you must utilize hardwood, then consider using small knives.
Goals of Knife Throwing and Initial Safety
Good stick and accuracy are the basic goals of knife throwing. You can perfect these skills by adjusting your distance from your chosen throwing target. The next goal to aim for is consistency.
How do you ensure that you remain consistent? Practice your basic skills until you become accurate, after which you can try various techniques and different knives to ensure diversification of your skills.
Note that safe throwing is mostly about common sense, but you must take the time to read these basic safety procedures anyway:• Don’t practice barefoot. • Practice away from pets and people. • Consider setting your target away from gas, cars, houses, grills, etc. • Ensure that everyone in the vicinity is aware of what you’re doing and where. • Pay attention. • Use proper equipment. • Carry a file in your kit to help you remove any burrs from your knives, a cloth to wipe your hands and the knives, as well as tweezers for splinters.
Throwing Stance and Knife Grip
All sporting activities call for constant practice, and knife throwing is no different. You need to watch your posture, and of course, your footing while engaging in your stance practice.
Below are the main elements regarding a good throwing stance:• A relaxed body. This should help you to take away stress rather than generate it. • Stand up straight for a more accurate and better throw. • Place your left foot slightly behind with your right foot in front. You can do it the other way around if you’re a lefty.
Try it out to get comfortable with your stance. Remember to be relaxed, loose, and focused at the same time. Start with throwing a baseball at your target until you get used to the drill.
There are two techniques of knife throwing- by the blade or by the handle. Which one of those techniques you will choose will depend on the knife you use.
Let’s talk about throwing techniques. Simply hold the knife and establish which end is the heaviest. Throwing the heavy end first generates more force, which then propels the knife forward into the target.
Once you’ve established which is the grip end, use your index, middle, and ring fingers to hold the knife. Your thumb should be on the opposite side. Have your fingers and thumb at the center of the knife, and of course near the end—to ensure that your pinky hangs off and folds into your hand.
Learning knife throwing techniques goes beyond mastering your grip and stance. Several techniques exist to help you to establish the exact amount of spin required to hit various targets at different distances.
It’s interesting to note that tomahawk and axe throwing are also categorized under the knife-throwing umbrella.
If you intend to take up knife throwing, start with the right equipment and training techniques. Ensure that you observe all the safety procedures, and if you’re considering practicing along with friends then ensure it’s an alcohol-free activity.
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