WOW! 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.
However 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.
But 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”.
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. Fact 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. The 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?
Photos courtesy of Photobucket; Program photo courtesy of TRSdirect.com