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.
Knife throwing grip images shown courtesy of KnifeThrowing.info.