Throwing knives origins
Suck it, ninja fans.
It actually comes from now unknown tribes in Africa, and was used for hunting mostly. Just some time later the Japanese began using knife throwing techniques…
After that, the Native American tribes adopted the knife throwing as well. It was not popular until the 19th century though. Knife throwing was popularized by the Barnum & Bailey Circus Show.
As you can guess, they did that trick where they throw a knife at you and hit an apple on your head.
So anyway, it became really popular after that, and nowadays, every other movie with a tough guy has a knife throwing to the throat from 200 yards scene. And did you know that Chuck Norris invented spoon throwing? Because killing guys with a knife was just too easy. Just saying.
Throwing knife types
There’s a ton of different knives.
Big ones, little ones, with one or with multiple blades, knives made for sport, knives made for hunting, for entertainment, etc. The list goes on and on. And I’m not even mentioning shurikens (ninja stars), tomahawks (Native Americans ninja stars), axes, daggers, regular knives that can be thrown.
You get the idea.
It has a huge market nowadays. People who are just starting to practice knife throwing, usually get themselves a knife that has multiple sharp ends on it, so it’s easier to make it “stick” wherever you’re throwing it.
Professionals usually don’t care. They can throw your mother’s kitchen knife and make it stick.
Knife throwing is pretty easy theoretically, but difficult to master in reality. Technically, it’s all about speed, momentum, your stance, and target distance.
There are two main throwing techniques: spinning throw, and the no-spin throw.
Check out the spinning throw here:
Check out the no-spin throw here:
In general, mastering the no-spin throw is harder, because you have to minimise the spinning with your index finger just as the knife leaves your hand. It all depends on the distance between you and your target.
If the target is close, you might have to barely touch the knife as it’s leaving your hand.
If the target is far away, you might need to either push it harder with your finger as you’re releasing, or consider throwing it and allowing it to spin.
There’s a ton of videos on YouTube, tutorials and basically everything you need to become a modern day knife throwing ninja. Check it out.
As always, a few questions:
1. Are you new to knife throwing? Maybe you don’t need a fancy expensive throwing knife just yet? I know that I always say that quality comes first, but consider this – you buy yourself a knife that costs 50 dollars, then take it outside in the woods to practice, and after the first throw, the knife is lost forever in the forest.
Consider getting a bright and colourful knife as your first throwing knife.
2. Which style of knife throwing are you going to practice? Because if you want to learn a spinning throw, it’s better to get a knife that has multiple sharp ends. And if you think about learning the no-spin throw, the one-bladed knife is better.
3. Budget. Again, like I’ve said – save money if you’re just beginning your training. When you learn some, then consider investing more money, maybe get multiple knives pack, so you can throw two or three knives at once, but you have to learn how to do that first.
And for learning, a knife for 10-20 dollars will do.
So, to wrap things up, knife throwing is a fun activity, that takes some time to master, but looks cool, and really can make you look like a badass from that action movie you saw when you were a kid. And did you know, that Chuck Norris once was in a knife fight? The knife lost. Just saying.