One of the first noteworthy skills a human learns after birth is how to sit up. The skill immediately following is how to throw objects: food, toys, books, a treasured porcelain heirloom– you name it, a child will throw it with astounding dexterity and with devastating effects. (Have you ever tried to clean up pureed peas off a wall? Not a fun event, folks.)
Thus, it comes as no surprise that the natural progression of human-powered projectiles includes man’s oldest tool: knives. People have been throwing knives since the tools were made of stone and used for subsistence hunting. In our advanced society, the utility of throwing knives as a hunting implement is lost for most people, but that doesn’t discount the other premium uses for throwing knives in modern culture. Keep reading to learn three reasons throwing knives, throwing stars, and throwing t-hawks all have a place in our always-on, Pokemon Go, smartwatch society:
Do you remember crumpling up a piece of paper as a kid and trying to throw it into a trash can? Good times. Throwing knives are simply an adult version of childhood trash can basketball. You don’t need a court, team or audience to make it happen. With a simple backstop, target, and a lazy afternoon, you’re set to have a terrific time throwing. No smartphone required. No batteries. No referees. Just the sweet sounds of metal on wood. Pokemon Go will never compete with the thrill of chucking steel at targets. Simplicity wins. There are heaps of videos online to teach knife throwing, ninja star throwing and tomahawk throwing. Watch them if you need to. Or don’t. This stuff isn’t brain surgery and with a few adjustments for distance, rotation and grip, you’ll start sticking them. We recommend forgetting the science behind the thing and focusing on the fun.
Seriously. Flinging a throwing tomahawk at a target is ridiculously satisfying. If you’ve got worries, anxiety, or a heap-ton of stress, throwing knives are cheaper than a therapist and healthier than beer.
Throwing knives are cheaper than a therapist and healthier than beer.
In the heat of the Civil War, soldiers passed the time at night in camp by throwing knives. If it worked for them, it can work for you. Now, we’re not suggesting that throwing knives could ever take the place of professional medical help, but we are firm believers that changing up the routine, trying something new, and mastering a skill can be extremely useful in keeping your mental health in check. Putting life’s worries into a flying piece of steel has a magical way of smoothing things over and making life more manageable. Clear your mind, focus on the target, and let it fly.
A pack of 6 Smith & Wesson Bullseye Throwing Knives will cost you less that $30, and will provide hours of entertainment. Find a safe spot to throw those beauties and you’re set. In the video above, we found an abandoned lot to send the steel flying. Guaranteed that within a mile of your house, there is somewhere you can throw a knife into an old fence or rotting tree. Use them in your garage against some old plywood or set up a range in your back yard. Go find your spot and start throwing.
You can pick up a pack of 3 Cold Steel Throwing Stars for $15.95. That’s three days of lunch money and a lifetime of good, clean fun.
If you’re still not convinced, look at this photo of this mulleted-mountain-man-in-training until you’re sold on the idea of throwing metal for fun:
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