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The Odd History of the Tru-Bal “C. W. Dux Combat Bowie”

Tru-Bal Combat Bowie


This is one of only a small known handful of custom knives made with a cross-guard by Harry K. McEvoy, Jr. of the Tru-Balance Knife Company. It came with a very interesting origin story that says it was made for the controversial martial artist figure, Frank Dux of Bloodsport fame that, unfortunately is just not true. Frank Dux made no such claims himself, but others tried to tie this knife to him, perhaps in order to boost it’s reputation. Continue reading The Odd History of the Tru-Bal “C. W. Dux Combat Bowie”

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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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I Found A Great Case For Tru-Bal Throwing Knives

Maxpedition R-14 Throwing Knife Case With 6 Tru-Bal Model #79s.

I’ve been looking for some time now at a lot of knife cases that would work for Tru-Bal throwing knives. I think I finally found the best one for holding anywhere from 1-6 throwing knives depending on the model. It’s the Maxpedition R-14 Razorshell knife case.
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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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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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A New Shipment of Tru-Bal Throwing Knives Has Just Arrived

A New Shipment of Tru-Bal Throwing Knives Have Arrived!

Today I received my latest order of Tru-Bal Throwing Knives. Six of these beauties are already spoken for and are on their way to their new owners. Get your very own Tru-Bal throwing knives before they’re gone or else you’ll have to wait until next time!
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