Knife Throwing

Written by Sierra Rein
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One of the most fascinating yet lesser-known types of competitive sports is the art of knife throwing. The skill has been utilized throughout history as an effective means of hunting, warfare and hand-to-hand defense. Many of today's military personnel are trained with the skill, while a few special circuses and magic acts still perform knife throwing demonstrations to sold-out crowds.

To properly throw a knife, the blade and handle itself must be properly balanced and weighted. The center of gravity must be at the center of the knife, and the number of turns the knife takes in the air largely depends on the weight (anywhere from 90g to 240g). However, it takes more hand and arm strength to throw heavier blades than lighter ones, so start with a 90g knife if you are just learning the skill.

The main challenges to knife throwing is to aim properly, throw the blade without cutting oneself and watch the knife rotate in the air with enough rotations and force that the blade sinks into the target. Most beginners will be off-balanced and cause a lot of handle-crashes at first. Understanding how and where to grip the handle, as well as the proper way to aim the knife, requires proper training by a licensed and professional teacher.

The Dangers of Improper Knife Throwing

Unfortunately, the glorified images of knife throwers and ninjas in movies, television and novels have led many to try out the art themselves without proper training. If you wish to practice the skill by yourself, do so with a rubber knife (found in many martial art or self defense supply stores) instead. Many students also paint the tips of wooden knives with different colors to see where their targets have been hit, and then graduate to real knives with a professional later on.

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