Stop Playing With My Kitchen Knives, Dear
by Allan Demot
Why You Need Real Throwing Knives
Remember the movie Gangs of New York? Yeah, that one. If you’re an avid fan of knife throwing, you surely would remember one of the main characters in the movie – William “Bill the Butcher” Poole – the knife wielding gang leader of the Bowery Boys who threw a huge butchers knife through an inch of pine wood from 20 feet away.
It may look cool and tempting to try, but unless you’re blessed with talent and skill honed through diligent practice, that feat will be difficult to do without special effects. Although you can throw just about any kind of knife and somehow make them stick, no other knife can beat a well-crafted and solid throwing knife. After all, that is what they were made for, eh?
Throwing knives are very different from any ordinary type of cutlery you can find in your mom or wife’s kitchen. It is not only in the design where they differ, but also in many other aspects.
Knife Duel: Throwing Knives vs. Ordinary Knife
The first main difference between a genuine throwing knife and an ordinary knife is in the make. Unlike most kitchen and utility knives, throwing knives are generally thicker and crafted from a single piece of solid steel. They need to be made from such because they have to be tough enough to withstand all the hard impact of hitting the target, or the surrounding rocks or stones if you miss the mark. However, they are not hardened to their maximum strength as well, giving them a degree of softness so you can hammer them back to their original shape after you dent them in the rocks.
Since they are thicker, they do not bend the way those flimsy cutleries in the kitchen drawer. This thickness gives additional weight which makes it easier for the throwing knifes to pierce the target.
In addition, throwing knives dull blade edges unlike your regular cutting knife. This is especially true for blade-heavy knives where you have to hold the blade when throwing. Had the edges been sharp, you’d see your fingers flying together with the knife. In addition, you don’t need sharp blades in order for the knife to pierce the target, a good throw, accuracy, and spear point tip is should be enough.
Kinds of Throwing Knives
Throwing knives are basically classified into three according to weight and balance.
- Blade Heavy Knife. With this type of throwing knife, the blade weighs heavier than the handle. Going with the knife-throwing principle of "throwing the heaviest part first," you’re going to hold the knife by the handle and throw it blade first. This type of throwing knife throws well with the hammer technique, and is recommended for beginners to the art of knife throwing.
- Handle Heavy Knife. This is the opposite of the type discussed above, and so much of the weight lies on the handle and not the blade. Thus, when throwing this type of knife, you’re going to grip it by the blade and throw the handle head first.
- Balanced Knife. In this type of throwing knife, the weight is balanced between the blade and the handle, meaning you can throw it from either end.
Knife-throwing is not just for gangsters anymore. It is presently considered as an art and a sport, with various knife throwing organizations distributed around the country (American Knife Throwers Association (AKTA), for instance). So whether you’re planning to get into knife-throwing as a sport, a hobby, or simply to blow some steam off (LOL), be sure to buy and use only real throwing knives. That way, you won’t have to go stealing any of your mom or wife’s kitchen knives (or else they may be the ones throwing knives at you).
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