So you want to be a knife thrower? Well, as quick and to the point as can be, here are the fundamentals of becoming a knife thrower. This article will discuss choosing a knife, the correct grip and how to throw a knife.
Choosing a knife. The type of knife you choose will have an incredible impact on how much you’re able to enjoy knife throwing. Keep in mind that quality throwing knives do not have a handle. The blade is the throwing knife.
ª Size: Knives that are between 12”-16” folding knife are a good size. They aren’t too big and
not so small that you’d have to throw harder and strain to watch them in flight.
ª Weight: Knives of the above size will fly fairly undisturbed from wind and
won’t drift so much. They make a very satisfying sound when they find
their target. Wait for it.
ª Balance: One of the most important fundamentals of throwing a knife is
controlling its spin. A good spin on the knife is accomplished by throwing the heaviest
part first. An unbalanced knife would be your surest bet. But if you’d like to be able to
throw your knife by either the blade or the handle, choose a balanced knife.
ª Edge: For beginners, as you are, blunt-edged blades are best. Moreover, sharp edged knives aren’t allowed in competitions or at social establishments, if that’s where you’re headed. If you really want sharp edges, switch only after you’ve acquired some skill throwing blunt-edged blades.
The grip. The easiest and most reliable grip is the hammer grip. As you are a beginner, this grip is recommended until you’ve mastered it. Hold the knife firmly around the handle as you would hold a hammer. Lift your thumb off of your fisted grip and place it alongside the blade—this would be the blunt-edged spine. You are now using a modified hammer grip. Remember, blunt edges for beginners, please. Safety first. You really don’t want to risk slicing up your hands.
Throwing the knife. The majority of knife throwers are right-handed. The throw, therefore, will be considered for a right-handed thrower.
ª Stance. Your left foot is about 2 feet in front of your right foot with your weight resting on the balls of your right foot. Both heels are on imaginary parallel lines. Both feet are about 45 degrees apart, with your left pointing towards the target. Knees are slightly bent. Arms extending in a straight line at chest level, pointing towards the target.