Whether you are a beginner, novice or expert knife thrower, acquiring quality throwing knives is essential to improving one’s skill. This piece will suggest the best throwing knives for beginners and what to look for in a throwing knife set when starting out. The best throwing knives will have close to perfect balance, made of quality durable metal, and have a modest design.
Listed below are the 10 best throwing knives we have chosen based on positive customer reviews, reasonable market price, and exceptional performance and functionality. It is our intent to provide you with useful; insightful information and we anticipate that you will find this review beneficial. The list is numbered from 10 to 1, where 10 symbolizes the best and 1 representing the best-of-the-best. The price for individual knives and knife sets do change frequently, so we have provided a link that you can click on to get current pricing. Just click on the “more details” link below the numbered subtitles. Thanks.
#10. Gil Hibben Original Thrower Triple Knives Set
Based on Gil Hibben’s karate knife design, this triple knife set has proper balance and weight for robust and accurate knife throwing. Acceptable for someone who is just starting to learn the art. Comes with a brown leather carrying case that houses all three knives. The blades edge is sharp and therefore, highly advise that beginning knife throwers wear kevlar gloves to prevent accidental cuts. Very few customers have given negative reviews. They report that the blades or handles break on impact after several throws. However, the majority of customers are satisfied with their purchase. We feel that knife breakage could result from poor manufacturing and/or the lack of the necessary knowledge for handling and throwing knives correctly. Suggested is “The Complete Knife Throwing Guide.” Buy now from Amazon
#9. Cold Steel, Composite Plastic Handle, Perfect Balance Thrower
As the title claims, it is perfectly balanced with substantial weight for throwing and sticking your target. However, there is one drawback in its design. The composite plastic handle is prone to come apart after several throws. Our suggestion is to tighten down the barrel screws, but do not over tighten. Take electrical tape and wind it around the length of the handle, then continue wrapping the tape back the opposite way. This will keep the handle intact. So, one pass with the tape down the length of the handle and one pass back up. Over wrapping can disrupt the balance. Overall, customers are elated with the knife’s throwing performance. Unfortunately, it does not come with a sheath. Buy now from Amazon
#8. Smith and Wesson Throwing Knives (SWTK8CP), 8-Inch, 6-Pack
The advantage of six throwing knives gives you six practice throws before walking to the target and back again to the starting point. Therefore, more throws and less walking. Made of stamped stainless steel with a decent center of balance. Great for a beginner set for the price. Some customers have reported 1 to 2 of the knives breaking in half. While the remaining blades maintained their integrity. Buy now from Amazon
#7. BladesUSA Throwing Knife Set 8-Inch Overall
Finely crafted 3 piece set that comes with a nylon carrying case. Well balanced with adequate weight, and better than expected effectiveness and handling while executing throws. The knives are made of stainless steel and dressed with reasonably sharp edges. Tough and durable these knives can take the impact. This set is a real bargain for the price. To get current pricing, click on the “more details” link located below this subtitle. Buy now from Amazon
#6. Cold Steel (All Black) Sure Balance Thrower 1055 Carbon Steel Handle
One of the most durable knives on the market. Heavy in weight and having considerable length to it makes a great throwing knife for a beginner. Also, the blade is dulled which makes for safe for handling and releasing from the blade’s end during throws. Made of thick 1055 carbon steel this knife can hold up under brutally hard impacts. The length, weight, and simple design when thrown, meets any target with a notable authoritative force. The sheath is sold separately. Buy now from Amazon
#5. Gil Hibben Triple Thrower Knife Set Cord Grip (Large)
This is a reasonably priced set of 3 throwing knives by one of the most recognizable brands in the industry. Highly durable stainless steel construction makes these implements nearly impervious to damage. The only downfall is that the cord (cord grip) of the handsomely dressed handles tend to unravel after several sessions. It is recommended to dab some super glue on the cord ends to keep the integrity of the cord wrap from unwinding. Overall, the knives possess adequate weight, length and balance for basic throwing techniques. Suitable for beginners and pros. The blade is somewhat dulled therefore making it safe for releasing and throwing from the blade’s end. Comes with a rugged nylon carrier. Buy now from Amazon
#4. Gil Hibben Cord Grip Triple Thrower Knife Set
A set of three relatively balanced; durable stainless steel constructed throwing knives for the beginner to expert. Some customers have stated that the cord wrap, encasing the handle, sometimes unravels after several throws. Other users prefer not having the cord wrap and affirm that the balance is unaffected. Whatever the individual preference may be, the price for this set of 3 throwing knives is a great bargain. Buy now from Amazon
#3. Cold Steel “Paracord Wrapped Handle” True Flight Thrower (Sheath)
Cold steel has been producing the “True Flight Thrower” series of knives for some years. Also, a well-known brand among knife enthusiasts, this blade is made of thick 1055 carbon steel. The tip, and throughout its elegant crafted shank, is praised for being resilient and all but invulnerable to damage. The weight, length and high center of balance produces a formidable force of impact on any target. Because the blade’s edge is somewhat razor sharp, a newcomer to the sport of knife throwing should practice with metal that is a little less threatening. Included is a durable Cor-Ex sheath. Buy now from Amazon
#2. Cold Steel 80PGTK GI Tanto 7″ Carbon
Not considered as a traditional throwing knife, but does have sufficient weight and adequate balance (with the handle attached) for accurate knife throwing. Designed to be a tactical weapon for combat and self-defense. The butt end of the handle can be used for high impact clubbing. The handle can also be removed and the blade used as a spearhead securely fastened to any wooden pole. This combat blade is not recommended for the untrained or inexperienced knife thrower, due to the blade having a very sharp edge. Amateurs should always wear kevlar gloves and exercise extreme caution. Buy now from Amazon
#1. United Cutlery GH2033 Gil Hibben Competition Triple Knife Throwing Set with Sheath
Exceptional double edge design; ergonomic handle, and one-piece 420 stainless steel construction delivers a quality 3 blade set. Nicely balanced; weighty and with a respectable length needed to achieve the accuracy and force to sink into its target. Able to accommodate various throwing styles and techniques for the practitioner of any level. We were very impressed with its durableness and tolerance to hard impacts. Also, comes with an acceptable leather sheath. This knife set is fitting for newbies and applicable to those who engage in competitive sport. Buy now from Amazon
Knife throwing is a fun activity to pass the time or to compete with others. However, safety should be in the forefront of every practitioner’s mind. Obviously, this hobby is recommended for ages 18 years and up. Some knife aficionados prefer to sharpen or dull their knives with a grinding wheel. We highly advise the wearing of safety goggles when operating a grinder.
Metal pieces from the blade or sections of the grinding wheel could become dangerous projectiles that could damage your eyes. If you need to get your blades sharpened or dulled, just go to Google maps and type in the phrase “knife sharpening” and you will get results located nearby your city or town. Be safe and stay sharp.