How to Throw a Throwing Knife

Knife throwing is a performance art and rewarding hobby which allows you to continually evolve your skill and accuracy. Whether you are fine-tuning your abilities to improve your aim effortlessly or trying to up your throwing rate, throwing knives are always fascinating. Most who take up the art form find themselves amassing a collection of throwing knives as well. After all, this ancient practice has appeared in almost every culture and society.

These practices are sometimes used for survivability in the wilderness.

From the Kunai which began as a Japanese farming tool in the 16th century to the throwing sticks of prehistoric man, there are countless ornate and intricate knives to treasure and collect. Here we’ll be explaining to you how to throw a throwing knife. From this basic time-tried technique you can begin to practice knife throwing at home, slowly adapting to your own personal style.

Throwing Knife Types

You have three basic types of throwing knives at your disposal. Heavy-handled knives are the recommended knife type for beginners. They give you the easiest learning curve. Blade-heavy knives are another option which is relatively easy to learn to throw, but they make switching to a balanced knife more difficult.

Balanced throwing knives are the ultimate option for professionals. Everyone who takes up knife throwing will eventually end up switching to a good set of balanced throwing knives due to their momentum and accuracy. Many experts recommend starting on balanced knives even given the learning curve as once you’re used to them it’s quite simple to adjust to other knife styles.

These type of knives is something you would want in your tools for survival in the wild.

Gripping Your Throwing Knife

There are a few different grip types which you can try out. If you’re completely new to knife throwing then try each one out until you find one that’s comfortable.

Hammer grip

Grip your knife horizontally as you would a hammer. Make sure that your thumb is placed on the center of the side of your throwing knife. This grip is highly recommended to beginners.

Pinch grip

Grip your throwing knife by pinching the tip of the blade between your thumb and your index finger. Hold the knife so that the force of your thumb grips the knife at the second knuckle of your finger. A pinch grip is generally best for lighter throwing knives.

Find a Comfortable Stance

Stance is largely a matter of personal preference; however, here’s a good starting technique. Stand at the correct distance from your target, standing with the leg opposing your throwing arm forward. Maintain a relaxed composure, bringing the tip of the knife into sight of the target and then slowly drawing it back to behind your shoulder. While watching your target, swing in an arcing motion (overhead) and release close to the top of the arc.

This will take some practice and you‘ll find yourself shifting your weight from your back foot to your front foot as you release the throwing knife. From here, you can adjust your grip and throwing technique to perfect the art. Here’s a look at the three basic throwing types which you need to practice.

Half-Spin Throw

The half-spin throw is the first throw which you need to learn. Once you have mastered this you can progress to a full-spin and multiple spins after that. Here’s how to perform a half-spin throw:

  • Start off at 6-feet away from your (large) target
  • Assume a throwing stance
  • Grip your knife using a pinch grip and point the handle at the sky, raising it to eye-level
  • Reach back and release your knife putting a decent amount of force into your throw
  • Your blade must release then the tip is pointing at the target
  • Always follow through on your throw

Full-Spin Throw

You should only try a full spin throw when you can consistently all your knives throw using the half-spin technique. Advance to multiple spins adjusting as is necessary when you can land one over and over. This method is very similar to half-spin just with greater force and a forward step into your throw:

  • Begin practicing full-spin throwing at 12-feet away
  • Assume a throwing stance
  • Grip your knife using the grip most comfortable for you (a pinch grip is popular)
  • Back-up three to four feet adding in the length of your arm
  • Step into your throw using two to three steps and release your knife when the tip points at your target
  • Always follow through on your throw

No-Spin Throw

Throwing your knife with no spin is easiest with a balanced knife. It is a lot more difficult than other throwing techniques however you can get a lot of power and speed into your shot. Use this basic method:

  • Assume a throwing stance
  • Grip your knife by its handle using your thumb and the second knuckle of your middle finger
  • Make sure that your index finger rests along the back edge of the handle, curling your remaining fingers naturally
  • Lift the knife pointing the tip upwards towards the sky
  • Do not bend your elbow rather bend your shoulder
  • Establish your target by practice pointing with the tip of your knife at your target
  • Take a wind-up, step into your throw and release the knife as the tip points at your target
  • Follow throw on your throw making sure that your index finger points at the ground when you’re done