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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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VIDEO REVIEW: Knife and Tomahawk Throwing for Backyard Recreation by Harry K. McEvoy and Michael S. Lambert (VHS)

In his video, Knife and Tomahawk Throwing Harry McEvoy gives a very nice overview of the backyard sport of knife throwing. It was great to get to see him in his later years talking about the subject he loves, reminding me that he made me love knife throwing too.

Knife and Tomahawk Throwing for Backyard Recreation by Harry K. McEvoy
Knife and Tomahawk Throwing for Backyard Recreation by Harry K. McEvoy

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Throwing Knife Target Built By Ken Gary, Inspired by Harry K. McEvoy and Blackie Collins

Throwing Knife Target built by Ken Gary
Throwing Knife Target built by Ken Gary

I finished building this throwing knife target on January 31, 2009, the day before the Super Bowl. It was inspired by pictures I saw in throwing knife books by Harry K. McEvoy and also by Blackie Collins (see photos below).

I got the logs for the targets from Gary Davis at Franktown Firewood so if you’re in that area look him up and he’ll cut logs for you in any diameter and thickness you need.

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Model No. 82 Tru-Bal™ Special INDIAN LANCEHEAD Throwing Knife by Harry K. McEvoy

This is the knife that is the prize of my Harry K. McEvoy collection because it is one-of-a-kind. It has an amazing story.
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Model No. 80 Tru-Bal™ SUPER-PRO Throwing Knife by Harry K. McEvoy

Catalog Description (from when I bought it in the early 1980’s) :

The SUPER-PRO Model 80 is the ultimate achievement in advanced design and development of the famous professional throwing knife line by Tru-Bal. It provides sportsmen and professional throwers alike with a knife for precision throwing that combines perfect center balance with the exactly correct length and weight for proper target penetration and maximum control. It throws equally well by handle OR blade in the professional style of throwing and is 13 1/2″ overall, 2″ wide and 3/16″ thick. Knife weight is 15 oz. Please add $4.00 if a strong leather sheath is desired.

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Model No. 76 Tru-Bal™ THROWING DIRK Throwing Knife by Harry K. McEvoy

Catalog Description (from when I bought it in the early 1980’s) :

Model 76 THROWING DIRK was designed by Harry McEvoy in honor of America’s Bicentennial. Like all Tru-Bal knives it is handmade of super-tough, specially tempered spring steel for a lifetime of rugged use. Thrown equally well by handle OR blade, it comes with heavy, handcrafted leather sheath and complete instructions for throwing. This is a true professional throwing knife — a real collector’s item you will be proud to own and throw! It is 13 1/2″ overall in length, 2″ wide, 3/16″ thick and it weighs 15 ounes — same weight as the Bowie-Axe throwing knife.

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

Catalog Description (from when I bought it in the early 1980’s) :

The Tru-Bal RIFLEMAN’s throwing knife has been very popular with the nation’s muzzle-loading enthusiasts. Specially made for throwing by either blade or handle. Same steel, temper, and high quality workmanship as all Tru-Bal throwing knives. Heavy duty leather sheath and instruction sheet included. The overall length is 13 1/2″, width 1 1/2″, thickness 3/16″, wt. 14 oz.

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Model No. 5 Tru-Bal™ TRU-PRO Throwing Knife by Harry K. McEvoy

Catalog Description (from when I bought it in the early 1980’s) :

The Tru-Bal “TRU-PRO” combines the best features of throwing knives designed and used by the world’s greatest professional knife throwers into a new and truly perfect professional throwing knife. It is designed and balanced to be hurled by handle OR blade for uncanny accuracy in the professional style of throwing, and for maximum penetration and control.

Handcrafted of super-tough, specially tempered spring steel and polished to a mirror-like finish, it will stand up to a lifetime of rugged use. The Tru-Balance “TRU-PRO” has a full seven year unconditional guarantee against blade breakage. Complete throwing instructions are included with every order. If a strong leather sheath is desired, please add $4.00 per sheath.

Overall length is 13 1/2″, width 2″, and thickness 3/16″. Knife weight 15 oz.

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Model No. 4-B Tru-Bal™ COMBAT THROWER BATTLE BLADE Throwing Knife by Harry K. McEvoy

Catalog Description (from when I bought it in the early 1980’s) :

Overall length 12″, width 2″, thickness 3/16″, weight 14 ounces. This fine combat weapon is a combination fighting, hunting, survival and throwing knife. Like all Tru-Bal knives shown above, it is handcrafted of super-tough, especially tempered sprint steel with extended tang to take up the shock of throwing. Handle slabs are of durable vulcanized fiber, heavily riveted on. This rugged foot-long fighting knife represents a triumph in combat cutlery! Strong leather sheath and throwing instructions included.