There are many situations through life where self defense skills come in handy. In fact, you never know when it could even mean life or death. Right now, if there ever arises a situation like that, it'd most likely be some kind of crime being committed, like an assault or mugging.
However, it become even more deadly once SHTF. Right now, the chances and severity of that scenario aren't too high. But if SHTF, things get a lot worse. You'll encounter many more dangerous people who are better skilled, or just full on masses of people. When SHTF, you never know what could come at you.
And not to mention the fact that there won't be much law enforcement around to help you out, or witnesses to deter crimes. It's open season if SHTF. Hence the need for self-defense.
Of course, the ideal weapon is a gun, especially due to its long range capacity. However, what happens if you need range on your side, but you don't have any guns on you?
Well, it's not quite the same, but throwing knives are a great backup for that scenario. It may seem hard to do, but if you follow these simple instructions, it should be a piece of cake.
This is a guide to throwing knives, thanks to our pals at Skilled Survival.
Throwing A Knife
Sure you could go into your kitchen, grab a bread knife and start hurling it around the house. But you’re not going to have much success. Instead, to practice correctly, get yourself a set of throwing knives and a safe space outside. That way, you won’t throw towards anyone or anything valuable (i.e., the neighbor’s kids or cars).
In general, there are three types of throwing knives:
- Handle Heavy Knives
- Blade Heavy Knives
- Balanced Knives
How to Hold the Knife
You always want to hold the knife opposite of the heavy end, so the weighted side gets thrown first. So, for example, if you have a heavy handle knife, you would hold the blade – if you have a heavy blade knife, you would hold the handle.
Balanced blades can be thrown from either end and are the preferred knives amongst throwing professionals.
Place your index, middle and ring fingers on one side of the end you are holding, and your thumb on the other. Hold the knife gently but firmly.
How to Throw Knives
There are many schools of thought on how to throw a knife.
There are many different techniques, and none of them are right or wrong – they’re just different. And some work better than others.
The Professional Technique
No matter which way you decide to throw the blade, the first step is always the same: find your “throwing line.” This is the distance from you to your target – usually about five paces. This is where most professionals throw from, and as a beginner, you’ll want to start here too.
Simply take a step forward from where you stand on the throwing line. Keeping the knife horizontal to the target, swing, gently release and always follow through (just like a good golf swing or baseball pitch).
While this method is perfect for practicing accuracy and getting a good feel for throwing a knife, it does not generate a whole lot of Oomph.
The Power Knife Throw
To get more power out of your throw, you need a couple of extra steps. Once you have found your throwing line, take another step backward, and one more step at a 45-degree angle.
Stand with your weak shoulder to the target (left shoulder for the right-handed, right shoulder for the left-handed). Place your back foot one step in front of your front foot (almost like you’re mid-stride, with the target to your side).
Wind up and take a big step towards your line with your back foot (the one on your dominant side) and throw that knife really friggin’ hard.
Once again: keep the knife horizontal to the target throughout the throw, and gently let it go and follow through. The extra step lets you pitch that knife like a baseball, with all your humanly might.
Successfully throwing a knife like this generates more than enough force to peg an animal you’re hunting, or to punch a hole in an enemy.
Timing the release is the hardest part of throwing a knife. Knowing when to let go, and how to let go of the blade, so it spins correctly, flies the right way, and sinks where you want it to is a matter of trial and error.
The “No Spin” Knife Throw
There is a third way to throw a knife. It is not typical, but it can be effective.
The no spin throw sounds exactly as it looks: the thrower launches their knife in such a way that it doesn’t rotate on its way to the target.
Start in the same place you would for the Power Throw (described above), and in almost the same stance. But hold the knife with your pointer finger supporting the back edge of the knife.
Step outwards with your dominant leg and throw the knife point first towards the target, release gently and follow through.
So, with any of these tricky techniques and a whole lot of practice, you can become a knife throwing master, and a deadly opponent to face off with. For more great survival guides and tutorials, check out Skilled Survival.
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