Knife throwing is an art form that requires skill, precision, and practice. It is a technique used to accurately throw a knife at a target from a distance. The goal is to hit the target with the blade of the knife, rather than the handle. To do this, the thrower must understand the different techniques and how to control the rotation of the knife.
The most common technique for throwing knives is to hold it by the blade and release it so that it rotates halfway. This technique is used when the thrower estimates that one and a half turns are needed for the tip to hit the target. Holding the knife by the handle causes it to make a full turn. The technique seen in movies causes the blade to rotate half a turn every few meters.
Where you hold the knife depends on the distance to the target and how far you turn the blade. For example, for every 7 feet added to the distance, some throwers alternate which side of the knife they hold. If you make your own knives, they may not have a blade, but only be sharpened close to the tip. This allows you to grip the knife in the same way regardless of which side you hold.
Experienced throwers know how much force is needed at different distances so that the blade will hit the target instead of the handle. The blade will always reach the target before the handle as long as it rotates quickly and has a low center of gravity inside its handle. This is because when it rotates relative to its center of gravity, its blade protrudes more than its handle. There are different styles of throwing knives that allow you to launch through its handle without turning. This is because throwing knives are balanced so they rotate regularly.
However, there is only one tip so you can hold either its blade or handle depending on your goal. If you need one and a half turns, two turns, or more, Tom suggests unconventional holding and releasing when throwing a knife. Many people hold it so that their thumb is on one side of it and release it so that its blade is vertical to their target. The hammer grip is considered by many as an easy way to hold a knife. As its name suggests, it requires you to hold it like a hammer with your thumb placed on its smaller side or spine. Rotational throwing refers to any technique in which the knife rotates from end to end during its trajectory. It can be held by either its blade or handle and can be rotated half or full turn depending on how far away your target is. Instinctive throwing uses your fist closed like you would hold a hammer with your thumb placed on its spine.
This grip is usually used by beginners when throwing knives as it helps them achieve better aim. Ralph Thorn initiated an American style of “combat knife throwing” or “street knife throwing” without turning in the late 1990s. This method requires you to raise your arm directly over your shoulder that throws it while keeping your elbow tucked inward so that your knife is raised directly next to your head. When lifting your knife to throw it, make sure that you press it against your index finger's side if you want more control over its rotation. If you use a heavy blade knife, you have to throw its blade first so you'll hold it by its handle. Knife throwing works by controlling its rotation and this is easier if you swing its heavy side (its handle) around its lighter side (its blade). This means that you'll release it when its tip points upwards; it will naturally rotate during its journey.