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Throwing knives, throwing knives for beginners, throwing knives for sale are commonly made of a single piece of steel or other durable material, without traditional handles. The knife has two sections that balance each other out for truer flight when thrown. The blade is sharpened to an extent so it can ‘bite’ or stick into the target and the grip gives a proper counter balance and area to grab to allow the knife to be safely handled. These knives are specially designed and wighted to be thrown.
Both balanced knives and unbalanced knives are in the market, but a well balanced blade is preferred. A balanced knife’s center of gravity is at the center of the knife. This will follow a near circular trajectory in flight for a truer, more consistent path. With an unbalanced knife, the center of gravity does not match the center. The circles it turns in flight will be different, making the trajectory less predictable. You may have also seen the odd knife with weights on it. These adjustable weights can slide on the length of the blade. This way, it can function both as a balanced or unbalanced knife depending upon the position of the weight. Balanced knives are generally preferred for two reasons: balanced knives can be thrown from the handle as well as the blade and it is easier to change from one balanced knife to another. There is no need to adjust your throwing style or distance.
The weight of the throwing knife and the throwing speed determine the power of the impact and flight path. Lighter knives can be thrown with relative ease but they can be altered easily by the weather, winds and may fail to penetrate the target properly. Heavy throwing knives are more stable in their flight and cause more damage to the target, but more strength and practice is needed to throw them accurately.
Throwing knives are used by many cultures around the world for hunting and as a weapon, and as such different ways for throwing them have been developed, as have different shapes. Throwing stars are an alternative and are portrayed in many martial arts movies with effectiveness.
Although movies and literature still show this type of knife as effective within the narrative of their stories, throwing knives are primarily for sport today and they remain a fun past time in the outdoors.
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