Knife Throwing Techniques – a review

DSC04518copyWOW! What has become of PapaDave and his stated focus: holsters? What am I doing discussing knife throwing techniques, of all things? Well, as you might guess, since I broadened my focus from just holsters to self-defense, I decided I’d have to keep my eyes open as to all opportunities to assist you in staying safe.

Now I didn’t go out looking for various self-defense methods, per se, as I said I was just keeping my eyes open. Actually, the exposure to knife throwing techniques just popped into my email box…go figure. So this is a review of one of the many knife throwing techniques on the market: Stinger Knife Throwing: Expert Secrets To Sticking a Weapon.

I’ll tell you the truth, if there was ever a self-defense method I would avoid, knife throwing is certainly close to the top of my list. Everyone in life, I think, has some things they just naturally avoid…you know some guys like snakes, I don’t and while I’m not skittish about spiders, I don’t particularly like them. In the area of fighting, I would never want to engage someone with a knife, I really don’t want to get cut or stabbed.

KnifeHowever when the opportunity presented itself for me to get some reasonably priced training in knife throwing, I decided to capitalize on it. The deal was one of those “leader” offers intended to get a person to buy a product cheaply in order to get them onto their website and exposed to their product line. Well, it worked, and I spent about an hour reviewing some of their offerings.

stinger-featuredBut let’s get back to the topic of this post, the program they sent me is called, a mentioned earlier: Stinger Knife Throwing: Expert Secrets To Sticking a Weapon. The package included a 75 plus minute DVD and an 8″ steel throwing knife…all for the cost of shipping and handling, $9.95. To be directed to FightFast website, click here.

The first thing you notice when reviewing the DVD is that the instructor, they call him Mr. X…a former special ops individual who would only present the training if they agreed to conceal his face, is clearly a little bit “not special ops material” anymore. Now I am not saying he couldn’t get the job of killing someone done, I believe he could, but it might be painfully hard to watch him do it. Throughout the entire program Mr. X’s face is blurred out, as they agreed they would. Being at an age where most of my “best years” are behind me, I really felt a sense of sadness as I viewed this program. Mr. X works very hard to demonstrate the techniques he wants to present but it is clear from his labored breathing that this program is taking its toll on him; nevertheless, while he is not a young chicken anymore, he does give quite a bit of information that is valuable for self-defense purposes. In the training, Mr. X teaches you how to throw knives, forks, paperclips, dowels, even pencils and explains how to control tumbling of the weapon which adversely affects whether the target gets the point or the handle…a major difference…ask anyone who’s been “stabbed”.

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I found the training a bit slow and a little difficult at times to watch due to Mr. X’s obviously challenged physical condition; however, up until viewing this training I would never, and I mean never, have considered using a knife as a weapon. The very basic details he provides regarding handling the knife, use of the wrist, elbow vs shoulder as levers and the angle of striking are excellent insights that would not have occurred to me. Knife-ThrowingFact is, when he first demonstrated the technique prior to any instruction, I was surprised watching him and thought to myself “Why doesn’t he just stand in front of the target and throw the knife”…I guess I’ve seen too many “knife throwing” circus acts. As he took the time to break down all of the techniques he was implementing, his own method of “addressing” the target became abundantly clear.

As I said earlier, the program was $9.95…actually cheap! I’ll be honest, having reviewed the program…now I haven’t yet acquired the materials needed to put together a target to practice on so I have not practiced; nevertheless, I would have paid more, perhaps $29.95. knifethrowing_zpsd73fdd28The reason I say this is simple: prior to viewing this DVD a knife was something I only used to attacked a steak or pork chop but now I have a small amount of confidence I could deploy one in an emergency. Perhaps after I practice a little, my “small amount of confidence” will grow to the point where I may decide to put something bigger than a pocket knife on my belt.

For now, though, my confidence is still with my S&W M&P 40. Stay safe!

So tell me, do you have any experience with knife throwing? Would you consider it as a viable option if a handgun were not available? What are your thoughts? Have I strayed too far from my original focus?

PapaDave

Photos courtesy of Photobucket; Program photo courtesy of TRSdirect.com

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12 thoughts on “Knife Throwing Techniques – a review

  1. Knife throwing is an art that i don’t see often. It is really interesting though. It is something that can be very fun. I am really interested in seeing what you have to post! keep up the great work!

    1. I gotta tell you Hagop, I was surprised watching the instructor move about and seeing how he would hit the target from one side then the other. It was really amazing; though, as I said, it was obviously a challenge for him. I’m sure when he was a “young buck” he was a force to be reckoned with in the area of self-defense and fighting. I added this post because it has become obvious from comments that everyone does not live in a place where concealed carry is a possibility and I wanted to address other options for people to stay safe. Thanks for your comment. Come back often. Stay safe! PapaDave

      1. I stumbled uppon your link and feel it really helped me out. Your aritcle writing is precise, clear and to the point. I&27#18;m going to look into more of your articles. Keep up the great work!

        1. Hi Jeanne! Sorry for the long delay in getting back with you, I’ve been really slammed with work responsibilities the past few months. I see you reviewed the Knife Throwing Techniques. Not having ever been “into” knives, I was surprised how comfortable I became after reviewing the DVD I mention. It’s actually fun and at my age any activity that increases my cardio is doubly valuable. I wish you the best! Keep safe!
          Papa Dave

  2. This is important, particularly for people living in areas where gun possession is illegal. Even though I don’t have any knife throwing experience, but it now sounds exciting. Important lesson for self defense.

    1. Hey Joshua! I just remarked to another reader that I added this post because it had become obvious from comments that everyone did not live in a place where concealed carry was a possibility and I wanted to address other options for people to stay safe. I’m going to try and find a few more resources to recommend so come back often and thanks for your comment. Stay safe! PapaDave

  3. Interesting article. I have never considered knife throwing as an option for self defense. Although a knife can be a useful tool for self defense, I would never consider throwing it at an attacker. What would happen if I missed? He could easily pick it up and use it against me. In my honest opinion, knife throwing isn’t practical. However, I must admit that part about throwing pencils is pretty cool. It could come in handy when dealing with annoying coworkers. As a final note, I do enjoy reading about a variety of self-defense tools. For example, what about push daggers? I had a friend who owned the Cold Steel Urban Pal push dagger. I wonder if those are legal.

    1. Hey, Peter! Sorry to take so much time to respond but weekends are really busy, especially with Fathers’ Day. Nevertheless, I appreciate your comment. You mention the issue of missing when throwing a knife…the same thing would happen if you missed when shooting a pistol, either the threat would run away, seeing your are prepared for battle (he doesn’t know if you have one knife, three or six) or he would continue the aggression, in which case you would deploy a second knife from your pouch that carries three…or in the case of a pistol, a second bullet from your magazine which carries ??? People miss with guns too. Now I’m NOT an expert but I do know that in stressful circumstances the “fight/flight” mechanism of the body causes a significant decrease in fine muscle usage which becomes a major issue when using a gun; however, when throwing a knife one does not use fine muscle usage only large muscles. Up until I viewed the program I mentioned, I too, would never have considered throwing a knife but like everything else, perfect practice makes perfect.
      Now about push daggers…I really don’t know what they are. Maybe I’ll have to figure out how to create a “Guest Blogger” position so I can invite you to write a post for my website.
      Again, thanks for taking the time to comment on my recent post.
      Keep safe! Papa Dave

      1. Good point. The attacker has no way of knowing if you have more than one dagger to throw. Still, I would rather have 17 rounds in my magazine than three knives in a pouch. With regard to push daggers, it’s a knife with a T-shaped handle and a blade for punching and slashing at opponents. When holding the T-shaped handle, the blade protrudes from the front of your fist. It’s a great close combat weapon, especially because it’s super easy to conceal and very difficult to disarm. However, it’s my understanding that they are illegal in many places.

        1. Hey, Peter! We are in full agreement, I would take any number of bullets over knives but too many people in the world just are not permitted the use of firearms; hence, the reason I deal with the topic. Now about those push daggers. When I was a kid growing up in Philadelphia…the city, I was taught by my oldest brother “Gentlemen do not fight so if you are forced to fight, do whatever it takes to win”. To me “whatever” means, can include biting, scratching, vomiting…whatever it takes. If I can move away from the scene,it was a good fight but I’ll be very frank, I really don’t like the idea of being close enough to smell breath or body odor…21 feet IS close enough. Please God, let no one read this if I’m ever in a self-defense circumstance, if you know what I mean? Stay safe. PapaDave

  4. Very interesting read. I never knew how to throw a knife but this has been very informative! Really cool thing to learn how to do it properly to help keep things safe. Thanks for this post!

    Kyle

    1. Hey Kyle! Thanks for your comments and if you think this is good information, wait until you get the program and see what real info looks like. Fact is, my review didn’t provide any real knife throwing techniques only an insight into one possible source of training. All the best to you and keep safe! PapaDave

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