When you hear “knife throwing”, what comes to mind? If you picture a carnival act staged by sinister performers, you should think again. Thanks to exposure on the internet and, more recently, reality television, this once obscure hobby is gaining new traction as a competitive activity.
A Bit of Background
The practice of knife throwing dates back to the hunting methods of our primitive ancestors. Throughout history, cultures across the world have thrown knives in combat and for competition. Knife throwing as entertainment attained popularity in the 1800s as a circus trick. Today, knife throwing associations are turning this ancient art into a regulated sport, complete with scoring and rankings of participants.
The Importance of the Knife
Not any ordinary knife can be thrown. Made from stainless steels Houston TX, typically a single piece of metal, specialized knives are weighted and designed for throwing. Throwing knives have a blade and a grip, but often no handle, and are either balanced or unbalanced. Balanced knives have an even center of gravity so they spin in a circle. Unbalanced knives fly more wildly and are used by more skilled practitioners. Some pieces can be calibrated to switch between balanced and unbalanced. Lighter knives are easier to throw, but heavier knives are more likely to stick in the target.
Perfecting Your Technique
Competitive knife throwing is both a science and an art. As in archery, knives are thrown straight at a target from increasing distances, with points based on where they land relative to the bull’s-eye. Changes in grip, posture, throwing movement and distance all dictate the knife’s speed and trajectory.
Most throwers use a spin technique, where the knife rotates in mid-air. The thrower must guess the number of rotations the knife needs to make, and either hold it by the grip for full spins or the blade for half-spins. No-spin techniques send the knife in a straight line for a slower but less stable throw.
Many professional knife throwers began as backyard hobbyists. With a proper knife, a solid target and enough open space, you too can master this venerable tradition.