It takes a lot to be good at throwing knives, but one man proves that it doesn’t take eyesight to be a master knife thrower.
Retired army veteran Floyd Lee Fugatt may be one of the most badass people ever. I heard about Fugatt before but a recently updated article by KRCR ABC 7 News and some additional coverage by the great The Truth About Knives brought him to my attention again.
He was born without vision in his right eye since birth and started throwing knives when he was 8 years old. Then he joined the army and became an airborne ranger and was in the special forces, which is astounding considering he only had limited vision.
Few things are more satisfying than throwing a knife at a target several feet away. The weight of the knife, the feeling of your energy transferring into the piece of steel, the sound it makes sticking into the wood.
I contend that knife throwing has become an increasingly popular hobby just from the interest I’ve seen around the subject and because throwers typically top the lists of best-sellers here at Knife Depot.
So to continue our trend of revealing some of the best-selling knives in each category, we turn to throwing knives. These seven throwing knife sets reveal what types of throwers people are gravitating to the most.
7. United Cutlery Hibben Competition 3-Piece Set
Coming in at seven on the list is a set of throwers designed by the great Gil Hibben for United Cutlery. The three-piece throwing knife set is on the large side with the knives boasting an overall length of just over a foot. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback that these knives are durable, well-balanced, and comfortable.
It’s hard to ask for anything more in a good throwing knife.
6. Magnum by Boker Mini Bo-Kri Set
Next up is the curvaceous Mini Bo-Kri set from Magnum by Boker. These throwers are designed by the great John Bailey, who won first place in the World Quick Draw Knife Throwing Competition and designs knives. Here’s a quick video showing him in action:
The knives have a wavy appearance with a 10.75-inch overall length. Made from 420J2 stainless steel, the knives are made to stick deep in their targets thanks to their clip points.
5. Japanese Shinobi 12-Piece Set
One of the best pieces of advice I heard someone give to knife throwing beginners is to get a set with a lot of pieces. Not only is it a hassle to stop what you’re doing every three throws to go retrieve the throwers (which are likely strewn about pretty far) but you also mess up your flow.
Today’s post is by special guest Scott Gracia, who runs the knife throwing site The Great Throwzini.
Half the fun of throwing knives and tomahawks is trying to hit a target. Luckily, there are quite a few types of targets you can easily make for knife and tomahawk throwing. Here are a couple tips to get you started.
Planks of Wood
Perhaps the easiest target to make are from boards or parts of wood. Always place the grain of your target vertically, because the knife or ‘hawk will cut into the grain easier this way. Thin “planks” aren’t the greatest targets to have, but are better than not being able to throw at all.
To build a good target, get about four 2X12 planks, about 6 feet in length. Lay them out next to each other and attach them in the back with a few 2X4’s and lots of screws. Place a 2X4 on the top, bottom and middle of the planks and screw them down. Be sure to get a “softer” wood.
These are my favorite target to throw at! Get them as wide across as you can. That way you can fit more targets on the face of the log and that will help prolong the life of the target.
If you only have one target on your log, you’re always throwing at the same exact spot (usually a bullseye), and that’s one sure way to chew up a target fast! (If you plan to compete in one of the many throwing competitions going on throughout the US, the standard target is 16″ so I would recommend getting a log with at least a 20″ diameter).
In the spirit of our throwing knives giveaway, we turn to the big screen for some awesome Hollywood scenes featuring the greatest and most badass fictional knife throwers. There’s nothing scientific about this selection, but the one criteria is the video must feature some flying knives. Here are four awesome knife throwing scenes.
4. The Expendables (2010)
The surprise star of this film featuring an unbeatable cast of all-stars was relative newcomer Jason Statham. He plays the incorrigible Lee Christmas who’s an expert in close-quarters combat, as demonstrated in this scene.
3. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
The appeal of this knife throwing scene from the comedy action film comes from the utter incompetence of these two supposed troublemakers. From their form to their motion, this is the perfect example of how not to throw a knife.
2. Gangs of New York (2002)
When the image of a knife thrower enters your head, you probably think of those old performers who would throw them at their assistants. In this scene, the “Butcher” played by Daniel Day Lewis demonstrates his knife throwing prowess against former flame Jenny played by Cameron Diaz.
1. V For Vendetta (2006)
You know a character is truly badass when he could take a barrage of hundreds of bullets yet still skillfully destroy his enemies with some amazing knife throwing expertise.
If you find the idea of hurling an extremely sharp object at a small target intimidating, you’re not alone. Although there’s no scientific evidence to support it, millions of people have yearned to take up the increasingly popular sport of knife throwing, but never did so because they didn’t know how. If you’re one of these individuals, this is the resource for you.
Pick the right knife
When you’re first starting out, you may be tempted to grab one of your folding knives and throw it as hard as you can at a wall, but that’s the wrong way to begin.
Start with a simple throwing knife that weighs about 200mg and is between 7.5 and 9 inches long.
Lighter or shorter knives require more accuracy to throw properly while heavier ones require more strength. It’s a good idea to begin with this type of throwing knife, but once you become better, experiment with the other sizes.
Set up a target
With the knife ready, it’s time to set up a target. The target should be something like a wooden post, a wooden board or even a tree, just keep in mind that whatever it’s near could be hit by a sharp projectile. A perfect target is around the height of your chest and should obviously have the ability to catch a knife unlike, say, a brick wall. Feel free to draw a bulls eye on the target, but don’t expect to hit it every time when first starting. Use the first few times to practice holding and throwing the knife rather than aiming for the center of the target.
For anyone who thought knife throwing was only for die-hard outdoorsmen, you’re wrong.
A record-breaking doctor known by many for his breast augmentation surgery also spends his spare time throwing knives for sport. What makes this even more amazing is that he’s highly skilled at both.
Dr. Ted Eisenberg from Pennsylvania holds the Guinness World Record for most breast augmentation surgeries at 3,460, and he’s won multiple awards during tomahawk and knife-throwing competitions.
A few weeks ago, I posted about how to become skilled at knife throwing, and this just goes to show that knife throwing is such an enrapturing and peaceful sport that nearly anyone who starts instantly becomes hooked.
For Eisenberg though, it took him a little while to actually get started. After being inspired by the Crocodile Dundee and James Bond movies, he asked his wife for a throwing knife as a present.
The first time he thew it at a tree, he told AOL news he felt so bad that he even “went and hugged the tree.”
There are very few sports in which knives are the primary tool, which is why knife throwing is such an alluring sport for knife enthusiasts.
For anyone unfamiliar with the sport of knife throwing, it’s fairly straightforward. The goal is throw a knife at a wooden bullseye at various distances and try to make it stick as accurately as possible. While it sounds easy, it can be extremely difficult.
If you’re interested in learning how to throw knives, here are some steps to guide you along in the process of becoming a great knife thrower.
1. Research knife throwing prior to doing anything
Before committing to buy a throwing knife, you should research the sport and be aware of the potential dangers that come with it. Reading up on safety instructions, looking at the different types of knife throwing styles and viewing videos at places like the Knife Throwing site will prepare you for the next steps.
So you’re interested in knife throwing? Well, before you go pro, the first thing you need to do is learn how to hold a knife. There are two primary grips used by knife throwers, both of which we’ll explain below.
The hammer grip is the easiest method of holding a throwing knife and the appropriate method for beginners. As you might expect, in the hammer grip hold the knife just like you would hold a hammer. Remember to keep your wrist stiff and only grasp the knife by the handle, in order to avoid cutting yourself. The hammer grip is primarily used for heavy knives.
The Pinch Grip
The pinch grip is best for rapid and forceful throwing. With the pinch grip, the knife is pinched between the thumb and index finger. You should usually only use your thumb or index finger. However, for a heavier knife, you can use your middle finger as well.
If you’re into throwing knives, you’ve likely heard of Jack Dagger. Widely-recognized as one of the best knife throwers in the world, Dagger (real name Todd Abrams) has been making a living hurling knives for the last ten years.
He worked as the “stunt hands” for Adam Sandler in the movie “Don’t Mess with Zohan” and also had a role in the T.V. show “Monk.” However, his main gig is performing; he’s had to close 1,000 shows since he moved to Los Angeles in 2003.
The highlights of these blade-throwing frenzies are Dagger slinging knives within inches of his assistant. He’s also become famous for his “cucumber slice,” in which he slices a cucumber off the arm of his assistant by flinging a knife at her from around 20 feet away.
Enough explanation, check out this video of Dagger on the Japanese T.V. show “Dream Vision.” His assistant is about as cool as you could be while having deadly blades thrown at you, but the audience members seem on the verge of breaking down in hysteria.