Presentation of some throwing knives

Michael is an avid knife thrower who began training seriously some years ago. He kindly offered us the pictures and descriptions on this page. Of course the remarks and values are all subjective, especially the turn counts and distances. The measurements, prices and all refer to the throwing knives he has tested. These knives may not be in the market anymore in this form.
The distance given at farthest throw achieved is the one where Michael was able to still stick persistently.


artist throwing knife
Length 33 cm
Thickness 4 mm
Weight 290 g
Price ca. 26 EUR
Source Distribution Haller, manufacturer (external link / new window)Dubé
Surface polished
Preferred distance  4, 5 and 6 m (1½ / 2 / 2½ turns)
Remarks If the tip is made blunt, it can be thrown equally well from the blade and the handle.

The tip may brake if the throwing knife is thrown at hard wood (own experience and reported by other throwers).

The needle-tip finds it way through the included nylon sheath way too easily.

Very wide range in the ratio turns/distance possible with different throwing styles (e.g. 2 turns between 4, 5 and 7 m).

Farthest throw achieved: ca. 7,5m (3 turns)

Personal record at the (external link / new window)"Grosses Werfertreffen" 2001 near Berlin: 9,86m (4 turns)

See also: comparison of this knife with the Dragon Knife


Viper throwing knife
Type Viper (design (external link / new window)Harald Moeller)
Length 26 cm
Thickness 5 mm
Weight 240 g
Price ca. 14 EUR
Source Various manufacturers, e.g. Herbertz (available in thinner versions, ca. 3 to 4 mm)
Surface Coated or untreated
Preferred distance  3,5 and 5,5 m (1 / 2 turns)
Remarks Must be thrown from the handle due to the shape of the blade and the distribution of the weight.

With its thick blade and the unusual shape of the blade, this throwing knife must be thrown very accurate to remain sticking.

Extremely soft steel.

Farthest throw achieved: ca. 7,5m (3 turns)


standard throwing knife
Length 25 cm
Thickness 4 mm
Weight 220 g
Price ca. 25 EUR
Source Haller
Surface polished
Preferred distance  3,8 / 4,8 / 5,6 m (1½ / 2 / 2½ turns)
Remarks Blunt blade, good shape and distribution of weight. Throws very well from handle and blade.

Very wide range in the ratio turns/distance possible with different throwing styles (e.g. 2 turns between 4, 5 and 6 m, or 1 turn at 5m).

Farthest throw achieved: ca. 7m (3 turns)


Hibben throwing knife
Type Hibben (design Gil Hibben), very many variations
Length 24 cm
Thickness < 4 mm
Weight 170 g
Price from 25 to 50 EUR
Source different manufacturers, e.g. Linder has various length
Surface polished
Preferred distance  4 / 6 m (1½ / 2½ turns)
Remarks This throwing knife can be thrown well from the blade after you make it blunt (my preferred method).

Due to its asymmetric shape and the broad and light design, it tends to rotate around its roll axis if thrown from the handle.

Because the design resembles a utility knife (bowie shape), it can be thrown in a "blade lays flat in your palm" manner, e.g. half turn up to 4,5m or 1½ turns from 5 to 6m.

Farthest throw achieved: ca. 6m (2½ turns)


dagger type throwing knife
Length 23 cm
Thickness < 4 mm
Weight 160 g
Price ca. 20 EUR
Source Manufacturer United Cutlery, imported from Taiwan via the USA.
Surface Black coating.
Preferred distance  3,9 / 4,6 / 5,6 m (1½ / 2 / 2½ turns)
Remarks If the blade is made blunt, it can be thrown equally well from the handle and the blade.

Even if it is not very heavy or long, very exact throws are possible.

Farthest throw achieved: ca. 5,6m (2½ turns)
 


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