Last Updated on 3rd January 2021
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Overall the SOGs are a well made, durable set of throwing knives that will please most. However, the corded handles and shorter length and weight means they do not hold up when pitted against our number 1 pick. A recommended set all the same.
3. Boker Magnum 02GL193 Throwing Knife Set
The Boker Magnum 02GL193 throwing knife set is another in our top 5 list that sports a full steel construction of 420 stainless.
Carefully designed with balance in mind, these are relatively light weight knives weighing in at just 7oz. Length is good too at 10 ¼ inches long.
Recommended for beginner knife throwers they are easy to handle and feel sturdy enough in the hand.
However, one complaint would be the extra thin tip. Great for penetration yes, robust enough for constant use? A few users have complained that they are prone to chipping should you miss the target, (or hit another knife that successfully resides in the target).
Another quibble would be the quality of the sheath. This is a tad on the lacklustre side and doesn’t really match up to the standard of the knives.
4. United Cutlery UC2772 Expendables Kunai Thrower Set
Another set of knives from United Cutlery makes our top 5 list. This shows that these guys know what they are doing when it comes to manufacturing a good set of throwers.
This time it’s a Kunai thrower set that we are reviewing.
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- Sharp and long – a somewhat lethal combination in martial art terms
- Sturdy build quality made from one piece stainless steel = satisfying throwing weight combined with great balance. Top marks.
- The ring at the base of the handle is useful for attaching a lanyard.
- Affordable knives for both beginners and expert knife throwers alike
- Good quality sheath with multiple harnessing options
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- The cord wrapped around the handle will come loose after extended use, it is just the nature of the game.
- The double-edged blade is so sharp throwing the knife by holding the blade comes with a degree of risk.
Another really well made set of throwing knives from United Cutlery. This are equally as robust as our number one pick, along with a build quality that prioritises balance and performance. If the handle design and sharp edges are your thing, then these could well be the best throwing knives for you.
5. Perfect Point PP-028-3BK Throwing Knife Set
If you have been looking to buy a set of throwing knives you may have seen that there are many available for around 10 dollars a set.
Throwing Knife Buyers Guide
When you begin your search for the best throwing knife for your needs, you should pay attention to the overall build quality and the way the knives have been forged.
Blades made of one sheet of stainless steel metal are definitely recommended. These are more hardwearing and will stand up to the types of abuse a throwing knife needs to handle, (especially in the beginner stages where your knife will inevitably end up clattering the floor quite often).
The vast amount of low-end knives available on the market today, will not be forged from one piece of steel. Furthermore, manufacturing the knives at rock bottom prices comes at a price – the type of steel that is used will be low quality. Soft steel will potentially snap in half, or at the tip after a very short period of use.
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Weight and length are extremely important considerations when you are looking to buy a new throwing knife.
If you are a beginner, a longer knife will actually be easier to learn with. Longer knives spin slower in the air, so it is easier to judge the rotation and work on your technique. Longer knives are generally heavier too. The extra mass makes them penetrate the target with greater consistency and even allows for throwing over longer distance – this is obviously a real plus point for the beginner knife thrower.
Shorter knives spin faster, cover more rotations and are harder to stick into the target. A helpful buying formula to remember is that the knife should weigh 1.5 oz for every inch in length.
The length range of throwing knives on the market today is between 6 and 12 inches long. As we have already recommended, beginner knife throwers should opt for longer weapons.
However, experienced throwers also very often buy knives of higher length and weight. Skilled knife throwers do use lighter, shorter blades because of the challenge that they represent, as well as their satisfying spinning speed.
Throwing Knife Handles
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One of the most frequently used embellishment on throwing knife handles is the corded or rope covering. While this definitely increases user grip, the trade off lies in the fact the cord will suffer from wear and tear. There is also the issue of too much grip meaning the knife doesn’t leave your hand during the throwing action, as smoothly as you might like.
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Because throwing knives are a collectible item, there are many custom knives available that utilise all manner of materials in their design. This can include stag horns, bone handles, brass guards and any other ornate type decoration.
While these do make for very beautiful throwing knives, they will not necessarily hold up to the brutal process of being thrown into a wooden target over and over again. These types of knives are more to be looked at than used in practice.