Conventional wisdom among knife-fighting experts has it that knife throwing is a pursuit best left to circus performers, hillbilly theme parks, and hobbyists and that it is useless for combat or other survival purposes. In this ground-breaking new book, Ralph Thorn differentiates between "circus" knife throwing and combat knife throwing, and reveals his style of knife throwing suitable for actual combat and knife fights.
The author, who has practiced his craft for decades, begins by showing you how to balance a knife for throwing -- and how to make your own throwing knives out of readily available materials. He shows you how to build targets (and what makes the best targets), and how to practice the various combat throwing techniques, with an emphasis on both safety and practicality. Ralph Thorn demonstrates the overhand, underhand, and sidearm throws, and discusses the situations where each style works best.
"One way of expressing the essential difference between circus-style and spear-style throwing is to say that in the former you try to make every throw as similar as possible and in the latter you can and should treat every throw differently. Circus-style throwing is a game of dexterity that requires a single, very specific skill; in this it is much like bowling or billiards. Spear-style throwing can be like this if you want to stand still and throw for accuracy alone, but it can also become a freestyle sport, more like martial arts or skateboarding than like circus throwing. And, of course, it can be used for self defense." A truly path-breaking book, Combat Knife Throwing should be read by every sportsman, knife aficionado, and anyone interested in self defense.