How to Select a Throwing Knife

Wasting money on a bad throwing knife you never actually use is a horrible thing. Before you spend any amount of money on a throwing knife make sure you remember these three things:

  1. Look at the length.

    You need a knife long enough to give you the maximum control possible without being too unwieldy. The minimum length suggested is 11″ and the maximum is 16″. The length most recommended by the experts is about 13″ to 14″ overall.

  2. Look at the weight.

    Your goal is to get good target penetration. Select a knife that weighs from one ounce to one-and-one-quarter ounces for every inch of overall length, including blade and handle.

    You want a minimum weight of 11 ounces and a maximum weight of no more than one pound.

    Anything over 16 ounces will throw more like a tomahawk than a knife. If you are into muzzle loading knife matches, however, then like many muzzle loading experts you might prefer a knife with the same weight as your tomahawk. In this case you want to select one with a light handle and heavy blade, like as an oversize Bowie knife. That kind of weight is not really necessary. To an average skilled knife thrower 16 ounces is more than enough.

  3. Look at the balance.

    The most important feature of a good throwing knife is balance. The way the knife is balanced will determine how it should be thrown. When you lay the flat of the blade across your index finger to find the balancing point you can instantly determine if that is the knife you want to throw.

    There are 3 different ways a knife can balance that work out well for knife throwing.

    1. If it balances at the exact overall center or even up to one inch back of center and as long as it has a light handle and a heavy blade, then that knife will best be thrown by the handle. It will give even spins of one, two or three complete revolutions.

    2. If the balancing point is near the hilt (where the blade and the handle join) then the knife is best thrown by the blade.

      You always grip the light end and throw a knife heavy end first.

    3. If the throwing knife balances at exact overall center, it can usually be thrown equally well by either the handle or blade.

    True professional throwing knives are usually center-balanced.

    Sharp, double-edged knives should not be thrown, except by the handle.

Follow the guidelines above when you select your throwing knife and get the one that is best suited to you. Tru-Balance makes many different types of throwing knives that are all expertly designed to give you the best knife throwing experience possible.

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