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L0s3r_r@v3r
L0s3r_r@v3r

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Location: Swansea, Ma (US)
Member Since: 17th May 2005
Total posts: 274
Posted:I did a search, really i did. so i hope this hasn't been covered. Lastnight i bought a Pair of shrowing knives. Each about 4 or 6 inches long (didn't actually measusre them and for the fact that i'm at school means i can't right now :-p) but does anyone have any tips/trick/and info on throwing them or even sharpening them. Tankies! hug

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UCOF
UCOF

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Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted:Google has plenty wink

Ie been interested in throwing knives, and found the best way to do was to *UCOF talked crap 'ere*, and follow through after the throw with your hand.



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Other than that.. I can be of no help.

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Mr_Chutney
Mr_Chutney

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Location: Herefordshire
Member Since: 18th Apr 2003
Total posts: 1711
Posted:I actually thouhgt that holding the blade and then following through post throw was the best option- its the method that has worked best with non throwing knives (in my experience) and a proper, blade heavy throwing knife should quickly stabalise in the air and fly true.

Thats from my experiences, not in any way a properly educated opinion smile

Be careful BTW- knives that bounce out of snap/ splinetr if they hit a hard surface are obviously very dangerous.



Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:A> Choose a target that is a solid wood with a straight grain. Plywood, composite board and stuff like that are really bad to practice on and will bounce back at you.

B> You shouldn't have to sharpen them. They should have arrived sharp. Should you need to, a sharpening leather or wet stone are your best choices. Remember to NOT go back and forth with it as it causes a cross grain in the blade which will kill it sooner.

C> Hold it from the blade, not the handle. The wind up comes from beside the ear, the down motion needs to be directly forward..not side to side. Release should be just prior to the arm coming down horizontally forward. If you wait too long it will hit low. If you release to early it will fly high.
Use your elbow more than your wrist or your shoulder for the motion.

I noticed you are in Ma. Did you get them from Harry? I know that he will give lessons if you buy his blades. He is fabulous.

Hope this helps...best to you!


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Posted:Hey,

Some good info so far. However, holding them from the blade or handle depends on the design. There are throwing knives out there that are designed for one or the other.

For most throwing knives, a small file will work better for dealing with dents and sharpening the tip. The wet stone is good for Bowie knife, however.

You can usually pick up Harry K. McEvoy's little book, 'Knife Throwing, A Practical Guide' used. Its a good little beginner's guide.

And a bit of advice... buy a pair of raquet ball glasses, or something similar. You never know when a knife may bounce back. And remember the police will consider them a weapon!

Cheers!
Patrick






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L0s3r_r@v3r
L0s3r_r@v3r

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Location: Swansea, Ma (US)
Member Since: 17th May 2005
Total posts: 274
Posted:they were a lil 12 dollor vertion pair small and light.. tey are from budk.com (i get the mag so i found out it was marked up 3 times fromt eh store -.-

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Lurch
Lurch

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Location: Oregon
Member Since: 1st Nov 2003
Total posts: 929
Posted:I'll agree to some of whats up there. I don't think it's good to *only* learn to throw by the blade however, it's good to learn it both ways. Different people will swear by different ways though, so it's really up to you. The biggest trick that I've found is to lock your wrist, don't flick it. Snapping the wrist introduces extra spin, which isn't always completely controllable, throw from the elbow to be more consistant

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Location: Europe,Scotland,Both
Member Since: 5th Nov 2001
Total posts: 3749
Posted:if you pass clubsm its really easy, just visualise you passing partner and go for the head!

seriously, i got thowing knives first time (by the handle, double spin to target) by visualising it as a vicious tomahawk throw. helps if your passing partner is anoying (hi will wave )

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Dragon7
Dragon7

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Location: Aotearoa (NZ)
Member Since: 17th Oct 2003
Total posts: 625
Posted:I like to throw mine straight, tho i have been know to use the NX method. The problem with them spining is that its hard to get the range perfect. You have to measure how many times it rotates; or the handle might strike instead of the blade. Only way i have figured that is buy throwing alot untill you know where to hold it and how much to flick it at a certain range. If the handles break you can grind the backs down so they go in all directions smile



They can be very dangerous and before i got use to them, i had them bounce back at me more than afew times; so dont throw them HARD and stand a fair way (6m+) from the target. They dont have to go hard to stick, infact im sure the harder you throw them the more chance of mistakes or they will bounce back.



Good luck and be carefull



Lurch
Lurch

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Location: Oregon
Member Since: 1st Nov 2003
Total posts: 929
Posted:I must say though, it is *very* satisfying to get that nice solid *chunk* sound while throwing hatchets and splitting the block... bad for the throwing block but it is fun...


Oh, and for your best block you want the endgrain of the wood not sidegrain. Get a round from a tree if you can


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L0s3r_r@v3r
L0s3r_r@v3r

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Location: Swansea, Ma (US)
Member Since: 17th May 2005
Total posts: 274
Posted:i just gotta figure out how to throw them.. I've been fartin around with a big ol peice of cardboard in my room

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UCOF
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Posted:Look at me, im useful.

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Kieron
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Member Since: 20th Jul 2005
Total posts: 232
Posted:I looked at that yesterday when I ordered my throwing knives, was waiting to post it as I read down the thread but now I don't have to smile



http://users.rcn.com/comlogic/knife/throwing/grips/grips.htm
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can be found through clicking things on the previously mentioned site. You can throw from the blade or handle depending on what the knife is.



Now I just need my friend to get back from New Zealand so I can mow her field, make a target and practice safely...bar the scary rebounding knives.

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VampyricAcid
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Member Since: 27th Jun 2005
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Posted:"Now I just need my friend to get back from New Zealand so I can mow her field"
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ive found throwing pens to be a good practive for throwing knives/other objects

safer, you get a definate mark when you hit, and if it bounces back, you dont have to worry about it going through your foot, a bit of blutac/putty as weight and you're laughing


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Fine_Rabid_Dog
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Posted:[qoute:Subject]Throwing knives and tips



Don't miss?

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Tj ONe
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Location: Lynn, MA aka city of sin
Member Since: 26th Jul 2012
Total posts: 6
Posted:Other than pens, butter knives r used by a lot of throwers. I thought I was being joked to when I first heard that but it's true, they will stick in ur targets and while learning they're a lot safer if/when they bounce back. Also I'm not sure if this was actually said on here, didn't see it if so, but at the Very most u only want, from the tip, the first 1"-1 1/2" sharp and that's even more just to make the wedge shape than it is about being able to cut.

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Trybal Wolf
Trybal Wolf

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Location: Earth
Member Since: 3rd Jul 2012
Total posts: 517
Posted:I usually grip by the blade and try to get a good amount of rotation. Be consistant.

Oh, and I'm with FRD. Don't miss.


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jacktimo
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Member Since: 14th Jun 2013
Total posts: 6
Posted:You can usually pick up Harry K. McEvoy's little book, 'Knife Throwing, A Practical Guide' used. Its a good little beginner's guide.



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corestripe
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Location: northwestern ohio
Member Since: 22nd Jun 2013
Total posts: 40
Posted:Be smooth , stand in the same spot until you start to see what's going wrong and what's going right , its all about distance , the smaller the knife the harder its going to be , they will not balance out and fly true they will tumble the hole flight

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