Like a lot of other gear that I’ve talked about, choosing the right throwing knife is a combination of gut feeling, your budget and the information you have to hand. We’ll talk about all that in this complete guide for throwing knives.
There’s nothing quite like watching a knife you’ve just thrown hit a distant target. Especially when that target is moving. It takes practice, a lot of practice. But that sensation of sheer accomplishment is like no other feeling I know.
The art of knife throwing is not just a hobby. It requires a great level of dedication, persistence and concentration to gain a skill that will impress pretty much anyone. Sure, any knife can be used for target practice. But it won’t have the precision and accuracy of a specially designed throwing knife.
- 1 Top 10 Throwing Hunting Knives
- 1.1 1. Martial Arts Throwing Knife Set
- 1.2 2. Perfect Point PP-869-3 Throwing Knives
- 1.3 3. Buck Throwing Knives Kinetic Series #0073SSSVP-B
- 1.4 4. Cold Steel LaFontaine Throwing Knife #9000625
- 1.5 5. Under Control Tactical Throwing Knife
- 1.6 6. Flying Falcon Throwing Knives
- 1.7 7. Kershaw BWX Throwing Knife Set #1747
- 1.8 8. Browning Throwing Knife #122BL
- 1.9 9. Smith & Wesson Throwing Knives #SWTK8BCP
- 1.10 10. Cold Steel 3 Gladius Throwers #80TG3S
- 2 Which Throwing Knife Is Best for You?
- 3 What Are the Qualities of a Good Throwing Knife?
- 4 A Few Words in Conclusion
Top 10 Throwing Hunting Knives
Here is my review of what I consider to be the best 10 throwing knives available right now. And if you do feel the urge to into the whole knife throwing pastime, I’ve added a few helpful tips to get you started.
1. Martial Arts Throwing Knife Set
These throwing knives are forged from 440 stainless steel. They’re 6,50 inches long. The handle is 2,5 inches with 4 balanced cutouts, offering superb grip and enhancing the control. The blade is double sided with a tremendous thickness of 2,5mm. The set includes 12 throwing knives in a folding nylon case. You’ll be throwing like a Ninja in no time with these well-balanced, first-rate throwing knives.
2. Perfect Point PP-869-3 Throwing Knives
This great little knife set consists of three black-bladed knives. The blades are stainless steel so are corrosion resistant and long lasting. The handles are wrapped in cord for exceptional grip and non-slip control. These knives will give you a well-balanced delivery every time, no matter what the target. They’re nine inches long and come with a black nylon protective sheath.
3. Buck Throwing Knives Kinetic Series #0073SSSVP-B
Although these knives were designed back in 2005 by Buck, they’re only now being made available to the public. Both the blade and handle are constructed from 420HC heat treated stainless steel with a total length of 9 7/8 inches and a weight of 6.6 ounces. The blade is 5 inches long. Beautifully balanced, these knives are designed for pinpoint accuracy.
4. Cold Steel LaFontaine Throwing Knife #9000625
This knife from Cold Steel Inc. has a blade length of 8 inches. It’s named after Luke LaFontaine. He is an expert in Japanese sword arts and a Western legend, too. You know that if he’s had anything to do with designing this knife, it’ll be good. This unusual knife is curved with a sharp cutting edge and pointed tip. The finger guard protects your hand from the sharp edge. This versatile knife can be used for cutting and slashing when you’re not throwing it.
5. Under Control Tactical Throwing Knife
This set of six knives is rated as one of the best for competition throwing. They’re crafted in the traditional Kunai knife tradition and weigh just 1.1 ounces. Each knife is 5.5 inches long and boasts an extremely sharp blade that flies through the air with very little wind resistance. They come together with a black nylon wrist sheath and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
6. Flying Falcon Throwing Knives
Falcon brings you this knife set featuring six 440 stainless steel knives. What’s special is that they come in a thick nylon sheath that straps onto your leg, making them safe and convenient to access. The overall knife length is six inches, and they weigh in at 13.6 ounces each. The attractive handle is wrapped with a green cord for non-slip control.
7. Kershaw BWX Throwing Knife Set #1747
This throwing knife set from Falcon consists of three full tang double-edged knives. The spear-point blades have a black oxide finish and are manufactured from high chromium 3CR13 stainless steel; therefore they exhibit superior strength and corrosion resistance, not to mention edge retention. The handle is covered with sure-grip paracord. The rear of the knife has a ring for balance and for attaching a lanyard.
8. Browning Throwing Knife #122BL
I really like this 8 ½ inch throwing knife from USA company Browning for several reasons. All Browning products are made with high-quality materials and attention to detail. This particular knife has a blade length of 4 inches made of 440 stainless steel. The blade has an attractive black satin finish. It comes with a nylon sheath with a pocket clip for your convenience and safety.
9. Smith & Wesson Throwing Knives #SWTK8BCP
You can’t go wrong with this pack of 3 throwing knives, whether as a gift or for yourself. Each knife has a length of 8 inches, while the blade measures 4.26 inches. With a weight of 0.31 pounds, these knives are superbly well balanced and comfortable in the hand. You’ll also receive a black polyester sheath that can attach to your belt.
10. Cold Steel 3 Gladius Throwers #80TG3S
I just had to include another of Cold Steel’s throwing knives. Made from S50C tempered steel, this knife has an overall length of 14 inches and a blade thickness of 5mm. The blade can be sharpened to make it into a practical knife, or with its wide Roman Point, it can be used for throwing. You’ll receive a set of three knives inside a special cor-ex sheath with your order.
Which Throwing Knife Is Best for You?
I suggest visiting a local hardware or weapons store that sells knives. Ask permission to handle the knives on display. Get ‘the feel’ of them. You’re looking for a knife that fits comfortably in your hand when gripped at either the blade or the handle.
When you find one that feels just right, buy it. I also suggest you purchase not just one but three. This way you can make multiple throws without interruption. You’ll be able to correct your angle and stance without having to walk to the target after each throw. Experiment for a while. Once you have found the right type and make of knife that suits your throwing style, you can source stock and find the best prices.
What Are the Qualities of a Good Throwing Knife?
A quality throwing knife should not be sharp. Sharp edges can cause unnecessary injuries even if you’re not holding it by the blade. A thrown knife could bounce back and hurt you or anyone around you. Injuries lurk when cleaning or handling the knife, too.
The only feature necessary for a throwing knife to be effective for target practice is a sharp flat tip. It doesn’t have to be broad, just strong enough to not flatten with the force of piercing the target. Fancy handles aren’t necessary either.
If you’re new to the art I recommend all-steel throwing knives. Not only for the sheer visual appeal but because the handles are sturdy. They are not easily prone to break during a practice program. Smooth round shapes are also recommended as they are easier to throw and fit easily in the hand. Plus, they won’t hook onto your fingers when you throw.
In my opinion, a good weight for a beginner is around 200g. The lighter the knife the more they tend to wobble in flight and require a high level of accuracy to hit the target. Heavier knives require more strength to be thrown properly, so are not ideal for training purposes. As your personal taste develops, you can change to a weight that suits personal style and distance to the target. A good length for a 200g throwing knife is anywhere from 20-25cm long.
How to Check the Balance of a Throwing Knife
Lay the knife across your index finger and adjust the position until it stays there without you holding it. A quality throwing knife will have its center of gravity (COG) also called center of mass, smack bang in the middle. Give or take 1.5cm either way. A well-balanced knife soars in flight with a smooth, round motion.
An unbalanced knife, i.e., more weight at the handle, rotates unevenly. This makes taking aim and planning the trajectory a lot more difficult. Centrally balanced knives are easier to launch from both the handle and the tip.
Of course, some people like to throw unbalanced knives. They consider it an additional challenge. In my experience, however, most people prefer throwing knives that are centrally balanced. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that using multiple blades all balanced the same makes it easier to switch between knives. With off-balanced knives, the thrower has to change their throwing style, stance, and develop a new feel each time.
For people who prefer to use off-balanced knives, the golden rule generally accepted by knife throwers is to grip the light end. Therefore, a knife that has a weighty handle is thrown by gripping the blade.
How Heavy Is a Good Throwing Knife?
As I mentioned previously, a throwing knife for the beginner should be around 200g. Knives that are lighter, (sometimes called floaters) are harder to control and frequently bounce off the target. Heavier knives, around 250g or more, work well over distances of 5m. Just be aware that they do require strong fingers and a lot more practice.
You can test the weight of your knife by holding the handle between your thumb and index finger. Let the blade point down towards the ground. Move your arm abruptly in a safe direction to see if the handle wobbles between your fingers.
If it does, or if the knife falls to the floor, it is probably too heavy for you. But no worries. All this means is that you’ll need more practice to get used to the weight.
Heavier knives tend to be more stable in flight. But not all throwers have the strength to launch them accurately. I recommend beginning with lightweight knives to get the feel and develop the sensitivity required. Switching to heavier weights later on is always an option.
Let Your Instinct Guide You
Knife throwing often becomes second nature, and you’ll be able to do it without much planning or thought. Similar to riding a bike. I advise newbies not to try too hard and not to let their thoughts get in the way of the throw.
Pointers such as “release when the knife is pointing directly at the target,” are helpful to get the correct feel of the throw, but with a little practice, you will instinctively release the knife at the right moment. Plus, your intuition will automatically adjust your stance for a more accurate throw.
A Few Words in Conclusion
A pointed tip works well even without sharp edges and can easily pierce most wood. Lightweight knives wobble when thrown, and can be harder to control at first. Simple handles and blades work better than elaborate designs – simple shapes rule. Multiple blades increase training time and throw development, rather than your walking skills.
Any knife can be thrown, but only a quality throwing knife is built to withstand the high impact. Centrally balanced models are more predictable but are not necessary to start. Finally, remember to care for your throwing knives. Clean them well and remove any dents to ensure they last a long time.