Knife throwing is an art form that requires skill, precision, and practice. It is a sport that has been around for centuries, and it is still popular today. To become a successful knife thrower, you must understand the rules and techniques of the sport. The first rule of knife throwing is that a foot must touch the ground while the knives are thrown.
This ensures that the thrower has proper balance and control over their throws. Each throw consists of throwing one knife at a time towards the designated target. All throws must be directed at the target the launcher is aiming at; no other shooting style is allowed. When throwing a knife, it is important to grab it with the blade facing you (the handle facing the sky).
Throw the knife at your target with moderate force; don't try to throw it as hard as you can. Only a moderate throw will suffice if you have the right target and knife. To ensure accuracy, stand at the right distance from your target. Keep your balance by standing with your leg opposite the arm you're throwing forward.
Place the knife on the target, look with it, and place it gently behind your shoulder. Keep your eyes on the target, move the knife in a vertical, arcuate motion upwards, and release it near the top of the bow or right after (it will take practice to get the feel of this). The knife should slide easily out of your hand. Keep going until your arm extends out in front of you as if you were shaking someone's hand.
It is common to transfer weight from the back foot to the front foot during the launch. When choosing a knife for throwing, it is important to consider its shape and weight. The straight (and somewhat sharp) back of the blade, better even the hook of an adopted Bowie knife, can bite into the target wood much better than the longer contact surface of a curved edge. Plywood can be difficult for a knife to penetrate due to its cross-grain construction; this can cause it to bounce erratically in unknown places. Sports professionals with a few years of experience can easily throw a knife from a distance of 15 m, with the knife performing seven full rotations in this range.
If your throws are not sticking to your target, make sure you use a soft wood lens and that the tip of your knife is sharp. The curvature of some knives from handle to tip can make it difficult for beginners; however, with practice it becomes an effective throwing knife and is good for close combat. When becoming a knife thrower, it's important to decide not only which blades are best for you but also in which areas you want to be better. When throwing a knife, move just a few centimeters forward or backward to find the correct distance; only if the knife hits the target vertically should you adjust the distance by two lengths of your foot. For a compact version of these instructions, read John Bailey's brief explanations of the knife-throwing technique. I use a classic folding knife that has a heavy handle, but it only sticks when I keep it away from the blade, like any throwing knife.