There are very few experiences in life that can exceed the thrill that comes with throwing a knife towards a target and hitting it in a fraction of a minute, because of thorough concentration, practice, and great skill.
Knife throwing can be done as a sport, or just for fun. Most people have tried throwing a knife at one point in childhood especially and were not happy at the turn it took. Well, here a few tips for throwing knives for beginners.
First Steps First
Choosing a knife there are three types of throwing knives; the blade-heavy throwing knife, handle-heavy throwing knife, and the balanced throwing knife. The names are pretty much self- explanatory.
Keeping in mind that you want to throw the heaviest end of the knife first, a blade-heavy throwing knife has a heavier blade than the middle, so you will grip it by the handle before throwing. This is considered the most ideal blade for beginners because it is easier to learn how to throw.
A handle-heavy throwing knife has most of the weight on its handle, meaning you throw the handle first. The first two are unbalanced types, and the balanced throwing knife is one that has its center of gravity in the middle. This type is challenging for beginners at first.
Overall, an ideal blade:
- Has a sharp point only without sharp edges.
- Have rounded corners, which is a good safety measure
- Is thick enough to avoid bent tips
- Are sturdy, with solid blades that have fewer perforations. Too many perforations make the blade break easily.
Choose a target
The best target should be a flat surface that is soft for the knife to stick easily. Whether it is a cardboard, or layers of haystacks, if the throwing knife hits at a certain angle, it could bounce back at you or other people around. So make a well-thought choice.
Gripping the knife
There are two main types of grips that are absolute for beginners, the hammer grip, and pinch grip. The hammer grip is the easiest. You hold the knife like you would a hammer. Place your thumb on the spine of the knife to help you aim more accurately. Throw the knife with a stiff wrist for controllable rotations. It is great with heavier knives.
With the pinch grip, hold or pinch the knife tightly between your thumb and index finger, and throw it with force.
Master the art
Now you need to learn the stance. Stand a few feet away from the target, about 10ft, for a right-handed person, put your left foot forward, with your right foot slightly back and slightly bend your knees.
Make sure you hold the knife tight enough, but not too tight, so it doesn’t leave your hand prematurely. Give a relaxed throw, but with enough force. Vice versa if you’re left-handed. You should stand up straight for a more accurate aim.
There are a few techniques involved that you will learn as you progress. Half spin throws, one and two spin throws are easier to master for beginners. No spin throws are somewhat complicated and are for pros.
The most important part of learning knife throwing is practice. Practice goes a long way in helping to build your skill and retain it. I hope you enjoyed learning the sport, and can’t wait to start throwing knives!