Top 5 Best Throwing Knives of 2019

Throwing knives are the same tools as throwing axes but much smaller. People design these knives for throwing into the target. You cannot use these knives for survival or diving; their only purpose is target shooting and nothing more. In this post, we will talk about their history, their types, cool features, and how to throw a knife. But before all that, we will review the top 5 best throwing knives of 2019.


Ace Martial Arts Supply with Nylon Case

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Blade material is 440 stainless steel, set of 3 throwing knives with a case for carrying.
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RC-179 Throwing Knife Set with Three Knives

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8-inch length of knife, steel handles, black/silver color of knives, spider printed on every knife.
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SOG Set of 3 Throwing Knives

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3-pack black knife throwing set, blades are long 4.4 inches, mylon sheath for knives to carry.
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Armory Martial Arts Light and Dark Throwing Knife Set

by All-Knives
Full length is 6.50 inches, blade length is 3.50 inches, blade material is 440 stainless steel, set of 12 Throwers, with Folding Nylon Case.
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PP-595-6MC Throwers (6-Piece)

by All-Knives
5.5" lenght of all knives, stainless steel blade and handle, 6 Multicolor knives in set.
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throwing knives throughout history

origin of throwing knives

Throwing knives originate from Central Africa. Researchers cited several countries where evidence of knife origin. Officials say that indigenous people created throwing knives in 1000 AD in Sudan. However, there are arguments to suggest that they originated in 1350 BC in Libya. African tribes used these knives mostly for hunting animals but sometimes also for war. The range of ancient knives was about 50 yards while today it is much more. Another form of throwing knife appeared later in Japan. However, ninjas made shurikens that they used to hunt and kill.

origin of throwing knives

throwing knives today

Year after year, knife throwing has become an increasingly popular sport. It originated in the late 19th century, and today we can say throwing knives reach its peak. The content of this sport involves several knives that can be larger or smaller. The blade size depends on the category of the competition. The principle is the same as throwing axes competitors hit into the target, who is the most precise he wins.

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features of throwing knives

blade length

The length of the knife will depend on the fact that you use it for short throws (up to five yards) or more prolonged (over five yards). For short-range knives, the blade length should be about 5 inches, less than that should not be. For knives used for longer distances, the blade length should be about 8 inches, but the maximum should not exceed 12 inches. Our recommendation is a knife 6 or 7 inches long so you can use it for large and small ranges.

blade thickness

Blade thickness is another feature about the top 5 best throwing knives of 2019. That is an essential item because your knife can be thick, but it does not have to. Why? Same as with the length of the blade, the relevant question is whether you use the knife for a long or short throw and whether your knife is very long or short. If your knife has a considerable blade length, then a thicker blade will only make things worse. The knife will be too heavy, and you won’t be able to throw it far away. Whereas for small knives used for short-range, a thick blade may be an advantage. Namely, when you throw a short and heavy knife, it will not lose its direction, and you will be much more precise. Surely the best blade thickness is about 0.2 inch; this is generally the best blade thickness for all blade lengths.

blade material

As always, we will speculate three different materials for a blade. A first and most popular material for throwing knife is steel. There are so many kinds, but the best ones for these knives are carbon and Stainless. We recommend carbon steel because it has the best balance of weight and length. Next material is titanium. It is lightweight and very sturdy; it can be a great knife option. And the last element we suggest is iron. It may be a little heavier than the previous two, but it is far more substantial. It is also much more durable and less susceptible to scratching.

handle material

Pocket knives usual have a wood handle, dive knives have rubber handle, but this kind is different. Throwing knives are always full tang knife, but they don’t have any material on blade. Admittedly, it is possible to put a thin layer of rubber or a nicely wrapped rope on it. But if you want to have the classic handle like with all knives, then you need to put in a material that won’t be slippery. These materials include leather, rubber, high-quality plastic, and fabric. Wood and bones will always be slippery and will not be as useful as other materials.

full tang

All kinds of knives that we mentioned so far could be full tang or not. Throwing knife is full tang required. It is impossible to have a half tang knife because the blades do not have a handle like all other knives. Why are these knives always full tang? We don’t have a real answer to this question, but we will mention a few facts. Throwing a knife is a knife that is mostly shaped metal with a sharp edge while the other side is dull and serves as a handle. The second is that a knife without accessories can be far more durable than different types because it is in one piece.

full tang throwing knife

balance and weight

Balance is the most important thing about throwing knives. On balance, and weight depends on how the blade is throwing, the range, and the way of hammering. Balance and weight should pay the utmost attention. If the knife has a small load, then it will act like paper, it will not fly as it should so it will not stick where it should. If the knife is too heavy, then it will be difficult to throw it. The blade will have a short-range, and it will have a smaller number of turns in flight. The best weight is about 7 oz, but if you use knives for longer distances, it should be 9 and more oz.


Leather, rubber, textile, Kydex are the most popular materials for almost many knives. However, this does not include this species. On our site, you can find a set of throwing knives that come with a sheath. This sheath is large. It can hold multiple knives. That is why we don’t use other materials for this species. Sheath needs robust, durable, yet lightweight material that won’t bother you when wearing it. Leather or tire will be strenuous because they are more substantial than others and therefore not used. Specifically, the material most famous for the sheath is nylon. It is lightweight and flexible and can accommodate many more blades. The sheath of this material is comfortable to wear and will not bother you, so we strongly recommend this sheath material.

nylon sheath for throwing knives

Types of throwing knives

There are few types of these knives. There are most different in the blade’s shape. The first type we will mention is throwing a knife with a spear point. This species has both sharp edges on the blade; The most popular model is kunai knife. And the other kind of throwing knife is with one bright side. Blade of such knives can have three different points. The first is drop, second is a clip, and last is a tanto point. Each blade point has good and bad features, and it is up to you to choose which end is best for you.

can we use these knives for something else exept throwing

In theory, it is possible to use throwing knives for some other things like cooking food or self-defense. But in practice no. Why? First, people do not make them for everyday usage, as we said that long ago they used knives only for hunting. Since they only made them for throwing in a target or some hunting, we would not suggest you use them for anything other than that.

how to throw a knife

It’s hard to explain in writing how to throw a knife step by step. That is why we present you a video by BennyCriss12. He describes it from word to word so that with a little practice, you will learn how to throw a knife.