The Best Tips on How to Throw a Throwing Knife
There are many reasons why you should buy a throwing knife, but first, if you want to learn to throw a throwing knife, start here.
If you find the idea of hurling an extremely sharp object at a small target intimidating, you’re not alone. Knife throwing has been around for centuries, and is making an increasingly popular comeback – 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. In this guide, we will review how to buy the right throwing knife, throwing basics, types of throws, throwing stance, advanced throws, and general tips
Step 1: 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.
There are a variety of throwing knives to choose from, including throwing stars and tomahawks, but don’t try to show off too soon.
Start with a simple throwing knife that weighs about 200mg and is between 7.5 and 12 inches long. Anything less than 200mg will require more throwing accuracy
Cold Steel knives are by far the best throwing knives. They won’t break like other cheaper alternatives. The 12″ Cold Steel Sure Flight Sport Throwing Knife is a good starter option as it is really well balanced w/a good length. This makes them good for beginners who aren’t sure whether they want to throw rotational or no-spin. It is a bit lighter in weight, which means it won’t be as good for throwing long distances. However, while learning, the lighter weight will keep wrist strain down.
Another option for the more advanced knife thrower is the Magnum by Boker Mini Bo-Kri Bailey. Although oddly shaped, they have a great feel and are balanced in a way that makes calculating rotation easier. The shape means they still rotate well even though they are lighter and shorter than most rotational throwing knives.
Many top throwers use these and they were designed by master knife thrower John Bailey, each of the three blades in this set features unique contours and lines that’ll give you the edge you need to achieve whip-cracking speeds and bullseye hits. Bailey’s personal signature is stamped on every one of these blades, just so you know whom to thank later.
Step 2: 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.
For beginners, focus on a soft and large target. This ensures that you do not focus on accuracy or power, and instead focus on working on correct rotations. 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.
Step 3: How to throw a throwing knife
Good throwing posture includes the following —
- A relaxed body: If your body is tense, you will most likely try overthrowing the knife which leads to bad form and inconsistent throwing.
- Standing up straight: Standing straight, leads to throwing straight, so this is necessary for an accurate throw. Since throwing a knife involves the whole body, you want to make sure you have a stable stance that will help propel the knife forward.
- For right handed throwers: Stand several feet away from the target and place your left foot in front and right foot in back. When throwing left handed, switch it. Your heels should be on a line, but your feet should form a 45 degree angle. Then bend your knees and have your weight rest primarily on the ball of your back foot