American Knife Thrower’s Alliance
1998 AKTA National Championships
Commemorative Throwing Knife by Tru-Balance
Serial Numbers 20 and 38 of 50 plus Un-Numbered
These knives were custom made for the 1998 AKTA National Championships in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina by the Tru-Balance Knife company. They are based on the Model #98 Frontier Bowie that features an extremely comfortable contoured handle and nice Bowie-style blade, but instead of black handles they have custom red fiber material handles.
The AKTA logo and event information was acid etched into one side of the blade. The normal Tru-Bal stamps are also featured on the blade.
It is a very striking knife!
A limited edition of 50 numbered knives plus 5 un-numbered knives were made exclusively for this event. A very small number of them went unsold to the participants and were stored at the Tru-Balance workshop in Michigan. I recently acquired this knife directly from Stephen McEvoy so it has only had one owner…me…even though I was not at the event!
This is a very rare, true collectible.
Like all Tru-Bal throwing knives, the 1998 Model No. 98 “Frontier Bowie” AKTA National Championships Commemorative is also crafted of super tough specially tempered spring steel and will withstand a lifetime of rugged use as a throwing, hunting, survival & combat knife. But you would NOT want to throw this and ruin all of it’s collectible value!
The size and shape of the blade is very similar to the Model No. 2 BOWIE-AXE but it has the comfortable anatomic handle, which makes it easy to hold and throw.
Overall length is 13½”, 2” wide, 3/16” thick and weighs approximately 15 ounces. Handle slabs are of tough vulcanized fiber in red, not black.
It comes with a standard black leather sheath.