Discussion in 'Blades' started by Bishop, May 12, 2017.
Any knife throwers on the fourm
I have always had a fascination with well-made knives, not junk, but high quality blades. I have not the slightest idea why. It is the same with shooting, any type of shooting or any eye-hand type of sport like darts for example (real steel tips not this American bar room crap), or archery. I have thought to take up knife/axe throwing and even archery now that I have more than enough space (now live on acreage in North Idaho). Excellent video Bishop! As always you are leading by example and you stir my old interest in some hobbies I would very much like to explore. Thank you!
I have several Gil Hibbens throwing knives but will admit that my favorites are still Old Hickory Butcher knives. I also throw axes and tomahawks, darts, and occasionally a fit.
Old hickory do make good throwing knives
Haven't tried throwing in quite a while. We had a downed tree , cut just above the root ball, with a dirt hill behind it, that made a good throwing target. This was on a deployment in the 80s. We used to throw our K bars, which wasn't the best throwing knife, but actually got a little better with practice. But you had to be paying attention for the ones that sprang back.
My 3/16" Klein screwdriver has become deadly over the years. It has won me lunch a few times.
I throw a little. Great video Bishop. Tell us a little about you target and backstop.
Looks like he's using end grain of a stack of wood .
That really work out best for at thing archery and knife throwing . Much like a bristle board (old dart board)
End grain accept the edge well with out too much destruction . Stacked end grain of card board is also one of the most effective back stops. TV boxes are great for this .
For a challenge I've cut 2 eucalyptus biscuits about 2' in diameter and 12" thick . and waiting for them to cure .
This wood is the worst for splitting the grain is very tightly bound . so the challenge here is not just making it stick which any body can do in; card board, pine, or other soft woods, once you find the right distance , but putting enough power in it to make it stick in this wood, is a great deal more of a challenge, and a lot more power in the throw.
Point is , IF the knife (or what ever your throwing) must become a thrown weapon in an event, there needs to be enough energy to make it happen . A small knife hasn't the weight or velocity to do much damage being thrown ,just a little more than an irritation.
But the weight of a WWII dagger, or Bowie, thrown correctly can actually accomplish something.
In training ,my son and I used knives with no scales and they are cheap stainless knives something destructible with no regrets.
Good throwing knives have scales (sold like lures to a fisherman) ,but if you throwing more than one at a time and you hit an expensive knife ,the damage to the blade and to the handle of the knife it hit, starts taking the fun out of it.
I've never thrown stars , other then throwing strait ,doesn't take much skill. IMO .
Problem with any cast weapon, is that your throwing it to your enemy ,if you miss, he's likely going to throw it back or use it on you.
So, what ever your throw, needs to be as powerful, and deliberate, and accurate, as you can possibly muster.
Dad said, "Once a tool has left your hand, it's anybody's to pick up and use."
I would never consider throwing away any tool, especially if that tool is a weapon.
But, I have been known to toss a few tomahawks in my day when I was young and foolish before my experience in shurikenjutsu done did delivered and learned me a few things.
@Bishop You called them "Chinese stars", I had a good chuckle at that. Looks like you had a good time of it!
It's a log from a sable palm tree it is real fiberous I drive a spike in the top and set it on the step of the ladder and put a strap around the spike and the ladder and the weight holds it in place.
Yeah the name we called them when I was a kid .
Palm tree is great , try throwing in the end grain.
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