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DISCLAIMER- I am not responsible for any miss-use of the information within this Instructable. It is intended to be used by adults who are not a risk to themselves or anyone else. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS. Please take this very seriously, use this skill responsibly and enjoy the sport.

This Instructable is layed out assuming that you know jack-didly about knife throwing.

You may ask yourself, "Why do I need to learn to throw knives?"
Well that's a good question, but the answere is even better...

What if the fall of western civilization knocks on your door tommorrow?
What if zombies.... Okay I'm just joking. (But it could happen ;) )

A good reason to take the time to learn this art is simply because it's fun. Remember when you were a kid learning to play poker for the first time? What about chess? Any game like that really. Why do we play those games? How do they intertain us?

They're a challange. It makes you think about what you're doing, what you want to happen, and why it did or did not happen.

Not to mention that you'll be able to cleave razor sharp shinny things through the air when you're done. (And actually hit what you where aiming at)
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HannesN1 month ago

holy crap, you going to seriously injure yourself or someone else if you hold the knife like you are in the second photo!

JonathanM83 months ago

Where can you buy throwing knives

Londonbrig05 years ago
If you have a very sharp knife how do you make sure not to cut your hand when using the blade grip?

Don't let the knife slide through your hand (I think that's what he means with the "handshake" bit.) You can hold even a razor blade fairly tightly and not get cut, but as soon as it slides sideways even a little it will slice you. The key is to go instantly from holding it to not holding it with as little time in between as possible. (This will also prevent your fingers from catching on the handle when throwing that way, so it's a good thing regardless.)

die_dunkelheit (author)  Londonbrig04 years ago
That's the importance of the "Hand Shake". If your hand is open as to offer or accept a hand shake you should be okay.
Also, really really sharp edges are not so important as really really sharp points. In other words, the edges on each side of a leaf thrower (where you grip it) don't need to be sharp. The point and the edge just forward of the widest part of the blade (see image) should be sharp because this is the area of the blade that actually makes the hole during penetration.
santa_9115 years ago
any tips for kitchen knives? lol
kitchen knives are a big no no.
get some nice thick knives to throw. Kitchen knives are thin flopping fish cutting instruments. The give off a nice TWANG when they hit the targer and the wobble a lot, but if the point bounces off, your mom will soon be able to recognize the dreaded " I've been used for throwing" bends in the knife

the CRKT m16??? are you guys crazy??? it's that 40 dollar folding knife that I trailed after for so long and didn't get. If folders are thrown, they'll most likely break.
I bet if you went through a thrift store, you could find at least a few kitchen knives that are well-balanced. And they're cheap.
Actually you can use good quality heavy kitchen knives, you just need to practice a bit more. I've been throwing knives since I was 4 or 5, my father was an expert knife thrower ( he taught me ) and just as good with a whip.

In fact you can also through forks, spoons, spanners and even hammers, they just take a hell of a lot of practice to get the technique right . With spoons you'll need to sharpen the edge of the bowl (file,grinder etc). Spanners and hammers are generally used as bludgeoning instruments when thrown ( ie hit the target with the F'n heavy end hard ). Throwing axes are good too ( my uncles particular party specialty ).

I learn't to throw forks and spoons basically through laziness and curiosity. At one stage I only had 8 or 9 knives and 5-6 bo shurikin ( throwing spikes ) and got sick of walking back and forth to the target ( 6ft x 3ft box ). Initially I thought what the heck a pen is basically a spike that writes I'll give them a go. The cheapies aren't much chop ( no weight to 'em ) but the heavy metal cased ones can be thrown ( use a dartboard so they stick ) but don't expect to be writing much with them afterwards.

Once I ran out of pens I thought oh well forks are sharp too, I'll give them a go. Working out the balance ( round where the bend in the is normally ) and getting the technique took a while but I got there. After I ran out of forks I thought
gee a spoon is basically a blunt fork without slots ( think spork ) out came the file and the rest is history.

Ps if you do the spoon thing make sure you keep them separate to your regular cutlery after sharpening their edges. Otherwise having a "bloody good feed" will be a literal experience and messy.
macpower2 years ago
I've thrown a LOT of knives and I can attest to one thing - practice with one item from one distance and you can probably get good at hitting a target. I know, I've done it, but when it comes to a life-or-death, self-defense situation, there's really only one thing to remember about knife throwing: everybody ducks! : )
whisp3r3r2 years ago
i'm a knife enthusiast, too... i don't know how to throw a knife but i'm sure as hell gonna try using your tutorial... it's a great thing you've repeated so many times about practicing like a robot... it IS a shitload of practice! thanks for the tut... really cool
TuneAFish3 years ago
I'm pretty sure that's just a standard left-foot forward stance.... But whatever :D
if you do karate its a cat stance
I'm almost certain that a leaf thrower is NOT a cat stance, reguardless of martial arts.
You're right. this stance is not like the cat stance, which is also used in tae kwan do, or even a back stance. Unless of course, it is poorly done. A proper cat stance requires the practiconer to shift most of their weight onto their back leg, and their hip pulled back with their front foot barely touching the ground. as for the "L" stance, ive never heard of it. But different schools may use different names for their stances.
If you do taikwondo its an 'L' Stance
spylock3 years ago
Your last sentance is wise advise for anything one becomes frustrated with.
jackojack123 years ago
This is cool, gonna practise tommorow
i went to a used gun place got 10 sweet throwing knives for $5 can hit a rabbit from 20 yds away
Using these techniques? 20 yards is a good deal, how hard are they hitting?
Enough to kill but i miss 1/2 of the time or my throws are not in the right area so they hop away. But when i hit them they die in 2-5 sec. I have been practicing for awhile and learned to throw them a little bit different.
freerunnin14 years ago
my mate has those exact leaf bladed throwing knives :P they go straight through an inch of wood if thrown hard enough :/
pandaboy2924 years ago
ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm in the pick a throwing KNIFE you have a picture of a bo shurikin, or "throwing spike" not a knife. but the throwing is the same almost if you do the no spin and brush throw.
theexpert4 years ago
what if you left handed
I think that the weighted ones are for mostly useful for getting used to different knives and their unique balances.
26 feet
ried this with a steak knife i`ve made and i stuck in to a tree (i amied at a treget in front of the tree) but never mind that i was feet awway and sunk to the handle and it was a hard throw
daninja6 years ago
hey, i have that knife!
please could you tell me what knife it is , its awsome!
it's a Boy Scout knife... I dont kow ere you get it. I found it on the ground at camp cedars.
and didnt put it in the lost and found? what kind of boy scout are you?!?!!
I couldn't find the lost and found.
 Isn't that kind of ironic?
die_dunkelheit (author)  daninja6 years ago
the knife I used was a CRKT M16-13Z
I3uckwheat6 years ago
Thanks i tried it with an older pocket knife and missed now the locking thing is broken you can just hold it up side down and it comes out. lol
die_dunkelheit (author)  I3uckwheat6 years ago
Now you know first hand why you want to start learning with cheap knives.
ya it was old but a good knife (heh heh) but i can fix it
i like it better as a protection knife when the locking mechanism dosen't work. u can flick it open with your wrist (really cool) and also as 1 handed use.
die_dunkelheit (author)  thoraxe6 years ago
So in a self defense situation you want the lock to fail and potentially collapse the blade on your fingers?
You've never drawn a knife in self defense have you?
I don't mean to insult you, but it's a bad idea...
I can open all of my knives one handed with working locking mechanisms.
It is something that you should learn to do if you carry a knife for that reason, or if you feel that you may one day have to defend yourself. To not know how to use your knife is like carrying a gun and not knowing how to turn off the safety.
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