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Tru-Bal Shurikan Throwers

Tru-Bal Throwing Spikes

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.

Tru-Bal Throwing Spikes
Tru-Bal Throwing Spikes

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.”

Tru-Bal Throwing Spikes
Tru-Bal Throwing Spikes

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.

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  1. Hi there,
    I was a big collector of Harry’s throwing knives.I first got a pair of his rifleman when I was stationed at Fort Clayton,Canal Zone back in 1974.I never learned to make them stick until I read his book on knife throwing.I asked Harry if he was willing to make some shuriken for me since I was training in the art of NINJUTSU.He said he had scraps left over from his other knifes and would see what he could do.The design was perfect and he made me close to 20 of these beauties…some even with his famous black handles with rivets.I still have them all and with some he even stamped my initials on them.He was a true warrior,craftsman and friend.All his correspondence was hand written.Is Steve still making his dad’s knives?I’d like to continue adding them to my collection.Take care!

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