I picked up this pair of Tru-Bal shurikan throwers on eBay a while back. You see these come up once-in-a-while so I’m pretty sure that Harry McEvoy has made at least a handful of them over the years. They are small and very fun to throw by the handle. They are sharp but I can throw them by the blade if I pinch the back of the blade.
The prevailing theory about these sorts of knives that I had heard from Joe Darrah was that it was pretty typical for Harry to pick up just about any size or shape of scrap laying around in his workshop and fashion some sort of throwing knife or instrument out of them. As far as I know these were never actually any sort of production knife nor did they ever have an official model number.
So I asked Stephen McEvoy and he confirmed what Joe told me. He said, “Those are Tru-Bal Shurikan throwers. There were three varieties made over the years. They were made from scrap skeletons and were never a production item. Dad made them mostly to give away but occasionally would sell them for about $8 to $10 each in the mid to late 1980’s.”
These knives are 7-1/2″ long, 7/8″ wide and 5/32″ thick. One weighs 2.5 ounces and the other weighs 2.8 ounces. Each side of the blade is marked with the Tru-Bal logo and two arrow-heads.
If you know anything more about these then please do leave a comment below and let me know.