Introduction: Throwing Knives
Throwing knives is a fun and relaxing way to pass the time and impress your friends. I like to throw knives on summer evenings.
To throw knives, you need well balanced knives. I personally bought knives designed for throwing, with proper balance, sharp points and dull blades. While any knife can be thrown, a knife with bad balance will cause difficulty while learning and will hinder the process.
Never the less, knives are sharp and can dangerous, especially when thrown. Please observe caution when throwing knives. Stand at an angle to your target so that ricocheting knives don't hurt you. I am not liable for any injury sustained while throwing knives, as you do it at your own risk.
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Step 1: Hand Position
Place your hand on the knife as shown, so that your index finger is on top. You want for the knife to slide off your finger as you throw it. The grip should be loose enough that the knife will be loosed with barely any effort, but firm enough that it doesn't slip out before you intended.
Step 2: Aiming
Raise the knife, as in the picture, in your dominant hand. Your legs should be shoulder-width apart, with the foot opposite your dominant hand forward, pointed at the target, while your other foot is back and at a 45 degree angle. Choose a point on your target, always look at that point. When you loose your knife it should be pointed at the target. At greater distances, the knife spins, so you should reverse the knife so that the hilt faces the target.
Step 3: Loosing
Your knife should be released about 6 inches past your ear. As you release the knife, let it slide along your outstretched index finger, so that it comes out of your hand pointing towards the target.
Step 4: The Throw
The throw should be controlled, too much force will skew your aim and result in the flat of the knife hitting the target instead of the point. Too little force means the knife won't reach the target, or won't stick into it.
Remember that when throwing, follow through is very important, and don't forget to exhale as you throw.
Step 5: Practice
Throwing knives requires a lot of practice, in order to know when to flip your knife, how hard you should throw it, when to release, you need to get a feel for it. The best way to learn is to practice in a safe environment devoid of people and wildlife. Don't get discouraged, learning to throw knives takes time, but before long, your knifes will start sticking in their target, and after a while, every knife you throw will hit