Looking to scare the neighbors?
Sword swallowing becoming too mundane?
Throw a knife!
**Note: Throw wisely, safely and legally!
Bex and My 17 in '17 are not to be held responsible for any legal repercussions resulting from dangerous or threatening acts related to you beginning this hobby!
In preparation for my knife target project I thought I would give a very quick lesson on how to throw a knife. Take everything I tell you with a grain of salt though-- I'm NOT an expert, and have been doing this less than a year. My wonderful boyfriend is the one who introduced me to this hobby, and I just can't thank him enough! But I definitely have a lot of room for improvement before I go calling myself a "pro". So here is what I know:
Step 1: Pick a knife.
Don't go raiding the kitchen drawer-- those knives are not built for this hobby! Find yourself a good balanced knife designed for throwing. There are also throwing knives that are blade heavy and handle heavy, but the more balanced ones are easier for beginners to learn with.
Hold your knife either by the blade or handle depending on your personal preferences and where the weight is in the knife. You will want to throw the more weighted end first. Be sure to have a firm but light hold on the knife. Gripping it too tight will throw off your release, and holding it too light might cause you to slip and drop it or release it too early.
Step 3: Angle your throw.
You will probably have to throw a few times to determine the angle needed. The angle on your release will depend on the distance between you and the target and how you are holding your knife. A knife held by the handle will need to turn over at least once in the air to land, However, a knife held by its point will need to turn over at least one and a half times to land.
Step 4: Position yourself.
You will want your weight on your dominant leg. Your non-dominant foot will be in front of you with little to no weight on it. Hold your knife in your dominant hand and raise your arm in front of you so that it's perpendicular to the floor. Bend your elbow so that your knife is back by your head.
Step 5: Throw it!
Move your body and shift your weight from your dominant leg to your non-dominant leg. This creates a forward momentum. While shifting your weight forward, release your arm forward from the elbow, stretching it out straight in front of you. Release the knife when your arm is stretched out straight. Throw your knife as straight out from your body as possible, don't swing your arm across in front of your body -- like with a baseball pitch. Assuming you have the right grip on the knife it should release from your hand easily under the momentum of your body.
Now whether your knife hit the target or not you can pat yourself on the back-- you just threw a knife! Have fun-- and throw with care!