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Model No. 6-A Tru-Bal™ RIFLEMAN Throwing Knife by Harry K. McEvoy

Tru-Bal Model No. 6-A Rifleman

An old Tru-Bal catalog identifies this model as the original design for the RIFLEMAN. It was only made from 1975-1976 before it was revised in 1977 in the form of a model #6-B. Here is the description of the< Model No. 6-A RIFLEMAN from that old catalog:
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Model No. 4-A Tru-Bal™ BATTLE BLADE Throwing Knife by Harry K. McEvoy

Tru-Bal Model No. 4 BATTLE BLADE I Purchased on eBay

This is a Tru-Bal Model No. 4-A I won on eBay in February of 2009 from the same gentleman I purchased a Model No.70 from. I bid on it because I did not already have a Model No. 4 that was made by Harry. This model wasn’t being made in 1983 and 1984 when I was purchasing Tru-Bal throwing knives. The one that was being made then was the Model No. 4-B BATTLE BLADE COMBAT THROWER. So I had to have this one.
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Model No. 70 Tru-Bal™ PRO-THROW Throwing Knife by Harry K. McEvoy

This is a Tru-Bal Model No. 70 I won on eBay in February of 2009. I bid on it because I did not already have a Model No. 70 that was made by Harry. This model wasn’t being made in 1983 and 1984 when I was purchasing Tru-Bal throwing knives. It was in excellent condition for a knife that the seller claimed was from the mid 1970’s.
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How Joe “Brokenfeather” Darrah Paints Throwing Knife Targets

I’ve recently met Joe Darrah of “Brokenfeather” knives over the magic of the internets. He was kind enough to share with me his process of painting throwing knife targets. He also sent me some great photos and he said I could share them with you.

Close-up of finished target.
Close-up of finished target.

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I SUCK at Throwing Knives! Help Me Throwdini!

I built a target in my back yard a few weeks ago and started throwing knives again after 25 years off. Boy was I surprised at how few times I could stick the knife. It’s a lot harder than it looks…and it’s harder than I remembered. I went through my books and re-read all of the material but I wasn’t getting much better. So I decided to check out a few videos and see if I could find one that would help me.

The Fundamentals of Knife, Hawk and Axe Throwing with an Introduction to the Impalement Arts
The Fundamentals of Knife, Hawk and Axe Throwing with an Introduction to the Impalement Arts

I finally found The Great Throwdini!

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Have You Joined The International Knife Throwers Association Yet?

If you’ve become even semi-serious about knife throwing then you’ve probably heard of the International Knife Throwers Hall Of Fame Association. They’ve been around since 2003 when they were founded and are located in Austin, Texas. Every year they hold the World Championships there.

IKTHOF Membership Certificate #143 Belonging To Ken Gary
IKTHOF Membership Certificate #143 Belonging To Ken Gary

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An Old Tru-Balance Knife Company Catalog

I received these images of an old Tru-Balance Knife Company catalog that I’d never seen before. It turns out that they come from Bobby Branton, a longtime friend and student of Harry K. McEvoy.

The hand-writing looks like Harry’s (but so does Stephen’s a little) so I think it was before 1993. But I know it was after 1984 obviously by the dates written on it.

This is a great resource because it gives dates that certain models were in production.

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How To Throw A Knife Like A Professional


By Harry K. McEvoy

(Designer and Crafter of Tru-Balance Knives — author of “Knife Throwing in the Professional Style” and “Knife Throwing: A Practical Guide.”)

The professional style of throwing is easy to learn. It provides maximum control, proper target penetration, and helps achieve remarkable accuracy once the fundamentals are mastered.

Here is the “professional system” — step by step:
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Model No. 94 Tru-Bal™ Mountain Bowie Throwing Knife by Stephen D. McEvoy

The Mountain Bowie is the biggest knife in the Tru-Bal line-up. It is also the most impressive.

When you hold this knife and feel its heft, you might be tempted to quote Crocodile Dundee: “That’s not a knife. THIS is a knife.”

Because of its weight and shaped handle, the Moutain Bowie is an excellent heavyweight handle thrower. It is also an ideal outdoor survival knife. With accurate throws, this could easily make dinner out of small game.

The Mountain Bowie is made from specially tempered spring steel to stand up to a lifetime of rugged, all-purpose use. It is approximately 15 inches long and weighs about 21 ounces. It is 2 1/4″ wide at the blade and 3/16″ thick.

This knife is one of only two Tru-Bal knifes that have a comfortable anatomic handle. The sturdy vulcanized fiber handle slabs are solidly riveted to resist the shock of throwing.

Durable leather sheath and throwing instructions are included.

This knife is brand new from the factory. It is handmade by Stephen D. McEvoy, son of the founder of the Tru-Balance Knife Company, Harry K. McEvoy.