How To Throw A Knife Likes A Master
A skilled knife thrower in action is an incredible thing to behold.
But if you’ve never tried it yourself, you may not realize “the experts make it look easy.”
Accurately throwing knives takes a lot of practice (and some guidance doesn’t hurt, either).
But first, why would you want to throw a knife in the first place?
Well, perhaps you want to know the skill as a “last resort” self-defense tactic.
Maybe you’d like to hunt small game silently and discreetly.
Or perhaps you dream of joining a circus to dazzle crowds with your bladed accuracy.
Or maybe you think throwing knives is badass.
Which it is indeed!
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Learning the skill takes guidance regardless of why you want to throw a knife. So this article will serve as detailed instruction on how to throw knives.
But before we dive in, I want to warn you – there’s some serious controversy surrounding the usefulness of this skill for self-defense and survival.
Is Knife Throwing Useful?
Many believe if you enter a fight with a knife, you should NEVER throw away your weapon. Not only are you effectively disarming yourself, but unless you make the perfect throw, you’ll make your assailant angrier (and now you have no weapon).
You also probably just armed your assailant with the weapon you just threw at them…
It’s easy to see the logic there, and I agree with it.
But, like I said: I’ve seen some amazing knife throwers in my day. And it’s frightening to behold how accurately and powerfully some can sling a blade.
So it’s really a matter of skill and experience. Check out this video to see how effective and deadly a knife throw can be:
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Sure, you may be a beginner today. But after a few years of practice, when some chump tries to mug you in a dark alley, you’ll have the confidence and ability to cast a knife and end his criminal days.
Just don’t try until you have no doubt about your ability to nail the target.
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A Brief History of Throwing Knives
Throwing knives have been used widely throughout history and across many cultures.
They’re used for hunting and martial purposes in Japan, Africa, and the Americas. And they are still incorporated into many forms of martial arts today.
In most cases, throwing knives were specially made for throwing. And the warriors who threw them would also be armed with another weapon.
Today, most expert knife throwers are hobbyists (or secret ninjas). There are knife-throwing clubs and even professional competitions.
Throwing A Knife
Sure, you could go into your kitchen, grab a bread knife and start hurling it around the house. But you’re not going to have much success.
Instead, to practice correctly, get yourself a set of throwing knives and a safe space outside. That way, you won’t throw toward anyone or anything valuable (i.e., the neighbor’s kids or cars).
In general, there are three types of throwing knives:
- Handle Heavy Knives
- Blade Heavy Knives
- Balanced Knives
How to Hold the Knife
You always want to hold the knife opposite of the heavy end so the weighted side gets thrown first. So, for example, if you have a heavy handle knife, you would hold the blade – if you have a heavy blade knife, you will hold the handle.
Balanced blades can be thrown from either end and are the preferred knives amongst throwing professionals.
Place your index, middle, and ring fingers on one side of the end you are holding and your thumb on the other. Hold the knife gently but firmly.
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How to Throw Knives
There are many schools of thought on how to throw a knife.
There are many techniques, and none are right or wrong – they’re just different. And some work better than others.
For this article, I will explain a few of the main ways to throw a knife.
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