- How do I choose a throwing knife?
First, consider what you want to accomplish. To develop throwing skills as a backyard hobby, you can get any set of throwing knives. To develop skills to eventually compete, invest in a set of competition quality knives.
- Which knife should I start with, as a beginner?
There are three kinds of throwing knives: blade-heavy, handle-heavy and balanced. A balanced, throwing knife is the best option for a beginner, as it can be gripped and thrown by either the blade or handle.
- How do I grip a throwing knife?
There are two basic grips: hammer grip and pinch grip. For the hammer grip, hold the thrower just like you would a hammer with the fingers wrapped around the handle. For the pinch grip, grip either the handle or the blade between the thumb and index finger in a secure pinch hold.
- How do I throw the knife?
Grip the knife, extend the arm straight toward the target and then, bring arm up and back bending from the elbow. Now, draw the arm all the way up and back alongside the ear and swing the arm down rapidly forward in a downward motion, releasing the thrower.
- Where is the best point in the throw to release the knife?
Timing is everything in the release, but it does depend on the distance from the target you are. For close distances, release the knife in front of your head and for longer distances, release the knife behind your head.
- How do I perform a no-spin throw?
This is definitely a skill to work toward in knife-throwing. Use the drive finger grip, which is where the index finger is positioned along the knife’s spine and the handle is pinched between the thumb and the length of the middle finger. The thumb guides the movement and the index finger drives the thrower forward when it’s released.
- What does a throwing competition target look like?
The bull’s-eye is 4” in diameter with a secondary ring of 8” in diameter and the outer ring is 16” in diameter. This is the format you should use to practice for an American Knife Throwers Alliance competition.