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Throwing Knives

Throwing knives are designed and carefully weighted to be easily and accurately thrown.

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 knives.

           

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.
 

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