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.
Those who practice consistently can do some pretty cool things, like the video here demonstrates.
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.
2. Buy a throwing knife
There is a wide range of throwing knives to buy, from those designed specially for competition to those that resist bending and breaking. These different styles, shapes and designs are each made for different purposes, so it’s important to do that preliminary research to figure out just what kind of knife throwing you want to do.
3. Learn how to throw
Once you buy the knife, it’s time to use it. You can learn how to throw knives at a variety of locations around the web, such as wikihow and Knife Throwing. It’s a great idea to start somewhere out in the open with a large wooden board. Be extremely careful when first starting out and make sure no one is ever in front of you before throwing. It may take a few tries to get it right, which leads us to…
Like any sport or new activity, practicing is the key to success. If you can get your friends to take up knife throwing as well, this will help encourage you to play more for fun while getting better.
5. Join a competition
While joining a competition is purely optional, it’ll really increase your drive to learn how to throw knives more skillfully. The American Knife Throwers Alliance and the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame often have competitions each year, so check out their sites. If there are no competitions around your area, start your own.