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Homemade Throwers CHEAP!

The following is extracted from two posts by thrower list members on the subject of making throwing knives from various materials and objects, with an emphasis on being inexpensive. As you will see, a bench grinder of some kind is a useful tool in this arena.

Date: Fri, 29 Mar 1996 09:04:21 -0700 (MST)
From: Marlo Brown []
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Subject: Cheap "homemade" throwers

I've described this before, but with many new members, I thought I'd do it again. If you've read this before, please delete. This short essay describes turning an inexpensive kitchen knife into a reliable thrower. I did this back as a teenager because I couldn't find a decent commercial thrower that I could afford.

My first throwing knife was an "Old Hickory" boning/utility kitchen knife. As made, it was an OK thrower with the blade hold for 1/2 turn before striking the target. My minimal modifications made it much sturdier for throwing, however.

I cut the handles (it had two slab handles riveted to a full tang) a little shorter at the butt. This kept the handles from splitting if the knife hit butt-first. I also wrapped the handle in a bit of tape to keep the rivets from popping out. That's it! It was still usable as a knife, but it made a pretty good thrower.

If you decide to "make" one of these, look for CARBON STEEL, NOT STAINLESS. It's more shock resistant. Also, get the thickest blade you can find in a cheap kitchen knife. Usually boning knives are some of the thickest, as they need blade stiffness for their task. Old Hickory is a decent knife for the price, and my "thrower" lasted for a few years before I broke the tip off trying to put it through a 1" redwood door. Also, use a cheap knife that won't be a tragedy when it gets banged up or possibly breaks. Don't use a Henckels!

Melvin Marlo Brown
Reference Librarian, Branson Library
New Mexico State University


Date: Sat, 23 Mar 1996 20:40:41 -0500
From: Tom Hurst []
Subject: economy throwers

Hi fellow throwers, as a knifemaker, lots of folks just don't want to get into the expense of custom throwing knives for fun or practice. However they may have spent quite a lot of money over time buying various throwing knives at flea markets, gun shows, mail order, etc., just to find out they are not worth a darn. Most mass produced throwers are too short and light to be of much good, unless being thrown at a cardboard box in the livingroom while watching "Zena Warrier Princess". Let's face it they are just made for entertainment.

As an alternative here are several ideas that can help you get good throwing tools at a very low cost

Mail to mjr, goto survival, or back to thrower

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