Throwing knives, as the name suggests, are specially made for easy throwing. Therefore, this knife is made light but still strong so as not to float when thrown. Knife throwing techniques have been developed around the world using different shapes and sizes of knives.
Many of the best knife throwing legends are well known, such as Bill the Butcher, William Wallace and many others. You too can do it and be one of them. However, remember to always be careful when doing knife throwing exercises. Follow the instructions below to do it safely.
Method 1 of 2: Preparation
Step 1. Select the knife to use
There are three types of knives that you can generally throw, namely knives with the center of gravity on the sharp edge, knives with the center of gravity on the handle, and knives that balance either the sharp or the handle. Knives that have this balance are usually the most widely used for practicing for beginners because it will make it easier if you later use other types of knives.
Keep in mind that the center of gravity of the knife you are using must be thrown first. For example, if you use a knife that has an emphasis on the sharp end, you have to throw it by holding the handle, and vice versa if you are going to throw a knife that has an emphasis on the handle then what you need to hold is the sharp part
Step 2. Hold the knife with your hands
Use the hand you usually use for activities, experts usually have their own way of holding the knife to be thrown. However, there are three conventional methods commonly used by beginner knife throwers but it all depends on the type of knife and also the habit. Try to hold the knife firmly but still gently, meaning not too hard because it will make it difficult for the knife to move when thrown and too soft will make the knife fall off before it is thrown.
Hammer Grip: Hold the handle of the knife as if you were holding a hammer by gripping it. This method is usually most often used to throw a double-edged knife.
Pinch Grip for a Single-Edged Blade: The way to hold a knife using that method is if the knife you are using has a heavy fulcrum on the sharp edge. Hold the sharp blade of the bada knife with the blunt end pointing into the palm of your hand. Hold the knife by gripping the tip of the blade as if you were about to pinch something.
Pinch Grip for a Double-Edged Blade: This method is actually the same as the way to hold a single-edged knife. But it's better if you use the Hammer Grip technique to throw a double-edged knife like this.
Step 3. Point the knife
By knowing the direction of your target, you will be able to know the right angle to hit your target precisely. To determine the right angle when you throw this knife actually depends on how you hold the knife you are using.
At close range: Make your hands like an L in front of your face, then bend your wrists slightly back.
Medium Distance: Bend your wrists slightly lower with your hands still in the same position as before.
Long distance: Bend your arms back until they reach your shoulders, but you must be careful to keep the knife apart from your head.
Step 4. Select your target target
You can use cardboard or an old cereal box for starters. Also, if you want a bigger target, you can use soft wood such as wood from pine trees.
You can hang your target or you can make it stand up straight or attach it to a wall
Method 2 of 2: Throwing Knives
Step 1. Adjust your body position
Adjust your body when you're about to throw a knife. Make a stance using your legs and your knees should be slightly bent. Keep the knife away from your head when you are about to make a throw.
Step 2. Swing the knife
Once you're in a horse position, swing the knife as you step forward a little to add more impetus to your throw.
- Arrange your body like you do throwing with other objects; As you do this, you should swing your arms for a powerful throw.
- Your hands should be straight after you throw the knife.
Step 3. Throw the knife
Once you're in the perfect position, slide the knife toward the target using the force of your arm and pushing it away from your body.
Throwing a knife isn't just about strength, it's also about being good at it. Therefore, the throwing technique you use will affect the accuracy of your throw against the target
Step 4. Assess your throw
If you don't hit the target properly or even if the knife you throw misses the mark, you should review your throw. Do a variety of techniques to find out which one is right for you. the more you practice the more proficient you will be able to do it.
As we know, heavy objects require more energy to be thrown in order to hit the target correctly. Therefore, if you are using a heavy knife, you may need more force to throw it in order to hit the target properly
Step 5. Clean the blade after use
After use you should always clean the knife you are using, as the oil from your hands will cause the knife to rust.
If you're using meat as a target, you'll still need to clean your knife so it doesn't get dirty
- Each knife has a different weight some people think that a knife that has a balanced weight is not good for throwing, but some people think otherwise. Therefore, try different types of knives to find which one suits you best.
- A good throwing knife doesn't have to have a great handle or look, as long as it's light or heavy to your liking it can be used as a throwing knife.
- Do not throw the knife at an impenetrable target such as glass, as this will only damage the blade.
- Don't use a regular kitchen knife, as this will dull it.
Don't use a penknife if you are a beginner.
- Don't hold the knife too hard when you're about to throw it because it can hurt your hand.
- The knife may bounce off the target, so make sure you're always on the lookout.
- Do not use a knife that is too sharp. You only need a knife that is sharp only at the edges, not sharp as a whole
- Don't practice indoors. If the knife you throw doesn't hit your target then it may bounce off and destroy things around the room. Try to practice an open space away from other perishable objects or your valuables.
- Throwing knives even though it seems like a tedious activity but still very dangerous. Therefore, do not do it in a room with valuables. And if you are a minor, ask someone older than you to supervise you.