Throwing knives hold a special place in the repertoire of martial arts. They are both elegant and mystical in their design. It is perhaps for this reason that they are a common element when it comes to macho cultures across the globe from the methodical Oriental to the boisterous Latino. But what goes into the making of a great throwing knife? We review ten of the best 2014 designs in this edition of Top Ten must-haves.
10. Perfect Point PP-060-9 Throwing Knife Set
This set of 9 throwing knives is designed to give an appearance of aggression and precision in equal measure. To add to their mystical allure, the black stainless steel blades are topped off with a crimson rope wrap for the handle’s grip complete with Chinese inscription. While good enough for beginners, proficient knife throwers are likely to find the knives too light for their liking.
9. SOG Throwing Knives with Sheath 3 Pack Balanced Throwing Knives Set w/ Paracord Knife Handles and Professional Throwing Knife Sheath (F041TN-CP)
Fury Martial Arts have managed to design another throwing knife set which will intrigue their fans the world over. The throwing knives ship in a set of three each of which is a short-bladed, gleaming carbon steel throw blade. The knives are a perfect fit for beginners and this becomes apparent when you notice that the blade is not sharpened except at the tip. This means if you are not adept with handling throwing knives, there is little danger of cutting your hands inadvertently.
8. Perfect Point RC-040-6 Throwing Knives
Sold in a set of six 6.5 inch knives, this Perfect Point throwing knife set will add a measure of variety to any throwing enthusiast’s collection. While the double-edged sports-grade steel blade is as ergonomic as they come, the designers should certainly have done better with the handle. The green cord wrap used makes the knife appear somewhat tacky and many users have the impression that it will come off if not handled with gloved hands.
7.SOG Throwing Knives with Sheath 3 Pack Balanced Throwing Knives Set w/ Paracord Knife Handles and Professional Throwing Knife Sheath (F041TN-CP)
Made of stainless steel, this set of three knives looks good to the eyes though they may be challenging to throw with a modicum of accuracy. They feature a slightly sharpened edge though the tip is razor-sharp. According to the opinion of a number of reviewers, if you have never used Jack Ripper throw knives, you may need to do a number of practice throws before you get used to their unique spin.
6. Cold Steel True Flight Thrower
This 1055 carbon steel blade throw knife can appear deceptively innocuous in a sports equipment window but once you hold the 9.7-ounce knife in your hand, you will appreciate its ergonomic design and intuitive handling. The one-foot length of the knife is just about the standard specification when it comes to this class of knives. Cold Steel has also done pretty well in selling the knife alongside a durable and fitting Cor-Ex sheath.
5. Japanese Martial Arts Light & Dark Throwing Knife 12 Piece Set
This is a set of twelve knives offering adequate variety at a pretty decent price. Designed with equal-dimension 6-inch dagger blades, the only telling difference is that 6 of the knives have a shiny silver finish while the other six are available in black stainless steel. The tightly wrapped handle is another feature worth checking out as it guarantees a better grip for more accurate throws. To add to the adventurous design, all twelve knives are fitted with sizeable lanyard holes.
4.Ace Martial Arts Supply Ninja Stealth Throwing Knives with Nylon Case
The Ninja Stealth throwing knife is designed with the inspiration of the popular Naruto Japanese Manga series and bears an uncanny resemblance to the tang Ninja Kunai throwing knives which will be no surprise to fans of the animated series. The knife is normally sold in a set of three knives each made of high grade 440 stainless steel. Ninja fans will also be delighted with the nylon handle as well as the sheath made of the same material.
3. Gil Hibben Original Thrower Triple Knives Set
Sold in a set of three knives, this Gil Hibben throwing knife set features an impressively designed cord handle for maximum grip. The knife is something of a collector’s item mainly owing to its dark-tinted stainless steel blade. Moreover, the tensile cord wrapped grip handle is the stained same shade of black and has been praised by many hobbyists as among the “grippiest” handles available. Just as well, the set is sold with a top-of-the-range black nylon sheath.
2. Gil Hibben Competition Triple Thrower Set – Large
Available in a set of three, this United Cutlery throwing knife has an imposing one-piece stainless steel construction with the grip merging seamlessly with the double-edged blade. Each knife in the set measures just slightly over a foot in length. The knives also feature ergonomically designed handles to guarantee you effortless throwing. The set is also sold sheathed together in a single fashionable sheath.
1. Smith and Wesson SWTK10CP Throwing Knives
This set of three army throwing knives comes with all the avant-garde design for which Smith and Wesson’s products are famous for. Made of top-grade 2Cr13 high carbon steel, the knives are as durable as they are intuitively designed for all manner of throwing challenges. Meant for the savvy thrower, the 10-inch blades are sold razor-sharp all along the edges to the tip. They are also sold along with a handy sheath for safety and convenience.
The ten reviews above represent the most impressive throwing knives your money can buy. As you can most likely tell, there are a number of factors to consider when selecting an ideal throwing knife. Your skill level is the most crucial guide as a knife meant for adept, professional throwers will barely suffice for a rank amateur beginner. The construction is also important with high-grade steel materials the most preferred. For convenience and safety, throwing knives should come with a fitting and durable sheath. Savvy throwing knife buyers also are also very selective when it comes to the handle. Do not opt for a throwing knife unless it has a fitting handle that offers the tightest grip.