Throwing knives are designed
and carefully weighted to be easily and accurately
Throwing knives are in a category of
their own, much different than ordinary knives.
History and use of throwing knives are poorly
understood. American and European museums have large
collections of throwing knives, however records of
use and orgins are are generally missing.
|Many cultures have developed
different methods for throwing these unique knives.
There are many shapes, sizes, and forms of throwing
As an example of how throwing
knives were used for hunting and warfare, we find
wide usage in central Africa. Over this wide area
the knives with multiple iron blades were called by
different names like, Trombash, Pinga, and Kulbeda
and used for warfare.
Originating in central
Sudan in 1000 CE then spreading south, these weapons
only had a range of about 50 yards. Some
suggest that in 1350 BCE wall sculptures in Libya
depicted the throwing weapon.
Unlike other types of knives,
throwing knives are usually made of a single piece
of steel and without handles. Throwing knives have
one section, the blade, which is sharpened, and the
other section, the grip, which is not sharpened. The
grip allows the knife to be saftely handled and the
grip also balances the weight of the blade.
Throwing knives come in two basic styles, balanced
and unbalanced. Balanced throwing knives have a
center of gravity at the center of the knife.
Balanced throwing knives can be thrown from either
end and have a truer flight than unbalanced throwing
knives. Unbalanced throwing knives have a less
predictable trajectory and are generally thrown by
gripping the lighter end.
Power of impact is
the result of the weight of the throwing knife and
the power used in throwing the knife. The heavier
the throwing knife, the more power is needed to
throw them, however heavier throwing knives are more
stable in flight and more accurate.