Throwing knives has been around for a long time. It is not known how long, but we do know that the soldiers in the American Civil War used the sport to spend time in the camp. He has endured the ages as an art, a sport and a method of entertainment.
That said, it’s important to know how to throw a shooting knife before trying. The good news is that it is quite easy to learn.
Choose a knife and a target to throw.
Before starting, you need a knife and not any knife will do it. You need a knife specifically designed to launch. Some pitchers make their own knives, but this is an advanced aspect of the sport that will be discussed later.
A good throwing knife will have the following characteristics:
- Opaque edges
- Sharp point
- Rounded corners
- Sufficiently thick the tip will not bend on impact
- Fewer perforations or cuts in the design.
- No fancy handles or handles
- Weigh at least 10 to 12 ounces
- At least 12 inches long
As a beginner, opt for simple designs without embellishments. This will help you learn to throw with greater precision and flat knives are easier to throw. If there is not a store near you that sells knives to throw, you can find many online at cheap prices in all shapes and sizes, usually in groups of three. Keep in mind that, when choosing your knives, you are looking for something that has the right weight and length, and it looks like it will stick to your target when it is launched.
The target material for the throwing of knives is wood. Obtaining some round sections of a large register would be ideal, but in case you can not do that, see these other ideas:
- Planks – The wooden planks will work well if that is what you have around; The wider, the better.
- Shipyards – Check with your local logger and see if you can claim a piece of wood that you would normally throw away.
- Firewood distributors – Check the classifieds for local firewood sources. This can be a cheap and, sometimes, free solution.
- friends – People cut trees every day. You could be the answer to another person’s problem.
The best types of wood are softwoods such as Cottonwood, Pine or Poplar. Your knives will stick to them more easily since the wood is soft. A knife will bounce off hardwoods like oak and plywood, so they are a bad choice, unless you are using small knives.
Objectives of knife throwing and initial safety.
The most basic objectives to launch with a knife are precision and the stick. These objectives can be refined by adjusting your target distance and the launch technique you choose to use. The next goal to fight is consistency. Practice your techniques until it is necessary more times than not. Then you can try different techniques and knives to diversify your skills.
Throwing safely is mainly about common sense: do not practice barefoot. Take the time to perform some quick safety procedures before you begin. These are a good place to start:
- Practice away from people and pets.
- Set your goal away from homes, cars, gas grills, etc.
- Let someone in the vicinity know what you are doing and where
- Pay attention
- Use proper equipment
- Carry a kit with a file to remove burrs from your knives, chippings and a cloth to clean both knives and hands.
You are ready to practice handling some knives.
Launching posture and knife grip.
With many sports, there is a certain way of practicing to be good and throwing with the knife is no exception. While practicing your posture, consider your position and your posture, this will help you understand the techniques of throwing knives faster.
Here are the main elements of a good launching posture:
- A relaxed body This is not brain surgery, and should relieve stress instead of creating it
- Stand up straight for a better and more accurate release.
- Place your right foot forward with your left foot slightly backwards or upside down for lefties
Try it and be comfortable with your posture. Be relaxed and relaxed, but focused. You should try to throw a baseball at your target while practicing your posture until it feels natural. There are two ways to throw a knife: by the handle or by the blade and the technique is decided by the knife. Hold the knife and determine which end is the heaviest, since you will want to throw the heavy end first to get more strength towards your target.
Once the end of the grip is determined, hold the blade with your index, middle and ring finger with the thumb on the opposite side. Place your thumb and fingers in the center of the knife and near the end, so that your little finger hangs and simply rolls up with your hand. If this grip does not seem natural to you or does not work well, try some of the bellow variations as you practice your pitch.
- Hammer grip – Take the knife in a horizontal orientation. Grab it with your whole hand as you would with the handle of a hammer. Rest your thumb in the center of the side.
- McEvoy Grip – Take the knife in a vertical orientation. Hold it with your entire hand like a hammer and rest your thumb on the top edge.
- Pinch grip – Squeeze the point of the knife between the thumb and the second knuckle of the index finger. Thread the rest of your hand into a fist-like grip.
- Sliding grip – Place the knife in parallel with the palm of your hand as if it were an extension of your middle finger. Place your thumb over it as if you were doing number 4 with your hand to hold the knife in place.
Be cautious when experimenting with these grips.
These variations change the dynamics of your launch, so pay attention to where your knives go. Throwing knife is a trial and error situation. It is not difficult to learn, but you should keep trying until you find what is best for you.
Master the half-round shot.
The half-turn is the most popular knife throw and works as it sounds: the knife makes a half-turn in the air between the hand and the target. Begin practicing about 15 feet from the target and adjust the distance according to your need:
- Adjust your shoulders towards your goal and assume your posture.
- Grab your knife and lift it as if you were about to drive a nail into a wall at the level of your eyes in front of you
- Go back, and enter a moderate launch. Do not try to throw it as hard as you can
- Just release the knife when it is in front of you. Do not click your wrist
- Continue as you would in a baseball pitch
If your knife gets stuck, congratulations! You just ran a successful knife throw. If your knife bounced on your target, check the following:
- Let the tip of your knife be sharp enough.
- Your target wood is soft
- You are at the correct distance from the target.
- Your shot has enough strength.
Make a correction in your release at the same time until you achieve the desired result.
Here is a tip to test if you have problems for your knife to stick to your goal and nothing else seems to be working. Imagine the rotation of your knife in the air. Throw it in such a way that the force of the rotation continues when the point hits the target. Imagine the tip hooked on the lens and incrustating more into the wood. Chances are you need to alter your grip to achieve this. Also, this will work best with a grip knife.
Throw a knife without turning.
Also known as the? Turn technique, this style has the knife doing alone? spin in the air before hitting the target. This requires some adjustments in both distance and grip. Since it will exert half the turn, it should be placed approximately halfway to the target. Therefore, if your normal half-turn distance is 15 feet, you should be about 7 to 8 feet from your target. The throw distance is unique to the caster, therefore, adjust accordingly.
The grip for this release is also different and works best with a balanced knife. Practice using the following technique:
- Assume your normal launch posture.
- Grab your knife by the handle between your thumb and the second knuckle of your middle finger as close as possible to the end
- Rest your index finger along the back edge of the handle near the blade and bend the rest of your fingers naturally with your hand
- Lift the knife with the point pointing towards the sky.
- Bend on your shoulder instead of your elbow
- Practice pointing the tip of your knife towards the target a couple of times
- Finish, enter your launch and release the knife when the point points to your target.
- Continue until you finish your launch with your index finger pointing to the ground
This release is a bit more difficult than the half-turn method. It is less natural and most likely the practice is perfect, since it is considered an advanced technique.
If your throw is strong, and you are sinking the tips of your knives deep into your objective, then why not try the full turn? As with the? In turn, you must adjust your distance from the objective. This time, you will move in the opposite direction. For example, if you throw with precision from 12 feet on the half-turn shot, you need to double that for the full turn, so that you are standing at 24 feet from the target. However, there is a turn. You have to take into account the length of your arm in this throw, so back the distance of an arm in addition to doubling your normal distance.
At this point, execute your normal throwing procedure until you hit the target accurately and the blades stick together constantly. As usual, it is necessary to adjust the different variables accordingly.
The return and a half, and two throws back.
You can stretch everything you want. The competition goes up to two turns if that is something you would like to participate in. As with the full turn pitch, distance is your main variable with longer shots, followed by adjustments to your distance and throwing strength. It is suggested that you master the turns and the physics of the throws before attempting competitive distances that are quite short.
Learning to throw knives goes beyond mastering their posture, grip and several throws. The axes and shooting axes also fit under the umbrella of the knives as well. There have been several books written about the physics involved, and techniques. You will also find online information about how to make your own knives to throw from the common meat knives if you are a type of person who does it for himself. If the launch of the competition is not your thing, but the performance is, it could be suitable for the impaling arts, which include the throwing of knives and axes.
Things to remember in combat situations.
Using a throwing knife in combat is basically a last resort. It is the last measure that must be taken after everything else has failed to save a life. Some things you should never do with your throwing knife in a combat scenario:
- Throw your last knife waiting for the chance to recover it. Hit your target the first time because you never stopped any fight because you threw your last knife
- Make sure you have trained to the point that you rarely do not meet your intended goal
- Throw your knife to start a fight. If you are going to take out a patrol or guard, have more than your knives. They will do it!
There are exceptions and expansions to these general rules.
You never know when you might find yourself in a situation that includes the previous ones, when throwing the knife was the only perfect result. This is where instinct and training will take you a long way. You must absolutely use your knife for the following:
- Save a life
- Especially in situations where you need to be quiet when others are hungry or looking for you.
- As a signal
- As a deviation
All these circumstances are what we hope will never happen, but knowing how to throw a knife can be an additional weapon in your arsenal when you need it most.
Knife to throw races and courses.
If you want your practice time to be more challenging, fun and similar to a ninja, consider a career if you have the space. Ideally, a race would be in a wooded area where a trail is already established. If walking is more your style, take a course outside of it. Just make sure you move when you practice. Here are 9 challenging pitches to practice in your course or career:
- To the left of the road – Throw yourself to a target at the height of your head to the left of the road.
- Road right – The same, but to the right of the road.
- Center of the road – Hit a target on your way to the knees as you move towards it.
- Center of the road 2 – The same, but make the target about 8 feet tall.
- Throw jumping over an obstacle. – A fallen tree is perfect.
- Throw through an opening – Hang a tire and throw a high target in the chest on the other side
- Pull from under a branch – Hit a high target in the chest while you pass under a branch.
- Throw 180 – Hit a high target in the chest while you make a 180 degree turn in the air
- Pull around an obstacle – Hit a high target in the chest while your target is hidden.
Be careful! These are advanced techniques to help you hone your skills not only in the throwing of knives, but also in agility. These will require additional security measures.
In general, throwing knives is a great art and sport fun. It’s also great as nothing more than a backyard pastime. If you are considering launching knives, perform your due diligence training and having the right equipment.
Do not take the time to ensure adequate safety procedures. If you practice with friends, always make it an alcohol-free activity. Having a hobby that translates into a survival skill might be convenient someday. More than anything, have fun!