loading
1 Comments

Tell us about yourself!

Complete Your Profile
  • CrystalP29 commented on bergerab's instructable How to Throw Throwing Knives5 months ago
    How to Throw Throwing Knives

    When my older brother moved out and joined the army, he left behind a collection of switch blades and a couple of army knives he'd collected; he took over half the knives he owned with him and left the rest to me (the butterfly knives were among my favorite). You can imagine how my mom reacted to her daughter being passed down a couple dozen knives, but she was even more upset when I picked up knife throwing and a range of small-scale combat moves. We had an old tree slightly rotting in the back yard, so I'd go out just about every day and practice with it. The wood was slightly soft from termites and insects eating away at it, so the knives stuck easier than usual, which was perfect for practice for a teenage girl such as myself. I actually found that I preferred the heavy-grip locking...see more »When my older brother moved out and joined the army, he left behind a collection of switch blades and a couple of army knives he'd collected; he took over half the knives he owned with him and left the rest to me (the butterfly knives were among my favorite). You can imagine how my mom reacted to her daughter being passed down a couple dozen knives, but she was even more upset when I picked up knife throwing and a range of small-scale combat moves. We had an old tree slightly rotting in the back yard, so I'd go out just about every day and practice with it. The wood was slightly soft from termites and insects eating away at it, so the knives stuck easier than usual, which was perfect for practice for a teenage girl such as myself. I actually found that I preferred the heavy-grip locking switch blades for throwing and street fighting; they had design in the handle and blade, but were well balanced, compact, and surprisingly durable, on top of the fact that they're legal as a concealed weapon in the state of Texas; I could take them almost anywhere. I hardly had trouble with breaking knives, though that might be because of a lack of upper body strength (in comparison to a man). I'm told that while I wouldn't win a contest for the force of my throws and depth of blade entry into the target, my speed and accuracy is thoroughly impressive. It's important when becoming a knife thrower to decide not only what blades are best for you, but also what areas you wish to be best at. Maybe you want to throw the furthest, hardest, fastest, or most accurately. Don't be afraid to use an untraditional knife if it works for you, and having the most force behind your throw isn't always everything. Women, too, can be efficient in knife throwing, where speed and a lighter knife can be just as deadly effective as a heavy strong blade. I've personally found that simultaneously throwing up to three knives works best for me in general practice, though this requires special flat blade-only knives and an extra permit in Texas.The image I've uploaded is of one of my favorite everyday carry-around switchblades. The curve of the knife from hilt to tip makes it difficult for a beginner, but with practice it becomes a very effective throwing knife and is good for close hand combat. It's sturdy enough that in over five years of throwing and general use it has not broken; on top of that, it is styled and not bland or plain. It folds closed and is a legal carry-about weapon in some states, including Texas (with a permit, of course). Despite the shape, it is actually well balanced and certainly heavy enough for throwing, despite being somewhat smaller, the handle being only slightly heavier than the blade.

    View Instructable »