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Throwing Knives- Great Sport and Real Fun at an Affordable Price Posted on 02 Apr 19:27 , 0 comments

Throwing Knives- Great Sport and Real Fun at an Affordable Price by

Are you planning to be a great knife thrower? Do you really love knife throwing sport or, do you want to protect yourself from the miscreants? If you have a positive answer, you just need not to worry about the instruments (knives, targets and other stuffs) surely. These are really cheap and quite affordable. Moreover, you will find them everywhere.

Get the Set of Knife Throwers at a Reasonable price

The first thing that you need to collect is a set of buck knife, a target board, gloves and some other safety stuffs. Are you really concerned about money and the prices of these items? The fact is that, you need not to worry as you are getting all these high quality equipments at a lower price in different stores or online. But, you have to ensure the quality at the same time. The experts or regular users can help you providing exact location to get quality knives at a very cheap price.

Throwing Knives – A Great Fun for All

Knife throwing is really a great fun and the amateurs probably enjoy the most. However, you need not to have Rambo type knives with shiny blades rather a simple set of quality knives will be good enough. But, make sure that you have started your knife throwing with a set of knives, not a single one. You need not to bring back the knife once again rather you can throw the set of knives at a time. However, you should receive some tips and techniques from the professionals before starting it.

Time to Get Started

There is no alternative to practice but the practice should be in a proper way. Here are some basic tips that may help you like a throwing knife guide-

First: A Set of Knives

It is essential that you purchase a set of high quality medium length knives as a beginner. The knife should have the size of (12, 1/8), well balanced, decent weight and long durability. The sheath and handle should have a very good grip and you should ensure the quality as well. Moreover, a quality knife will not wear out as quickly as a fragile one.

Second: The Sturdy Targets

The back of a woodpile or large plywood can be great as the targets. However, as a starter, the soft wood like cardboard, corkwood, soft plywood or similar materials can be a great choice. These targets help to stick the knives better and have a less chance to bounce back. But, you shouldn’t use a tree as the target surely; as you are just going to kill the tree.

Third: The Exact Techniques

You should give highest priority to the techniques and the professionals or a knife throwing guide can be a great help for you in this regard. But, there is no alternative to regular practice to be great knife thrower.

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Latest Winner for our free giveaway Posted on 01 Apr 17:07 , 0 comments

Our most recent winner of the free butterfly knife was Richard Tripp.  He collects knives and now has one more to add to his collection. 


How to Make a Good Throwing Knife Posted on 26 Mar 08:01 , 0 comments

How to Make a Good Throwing Knife
by Jason Earls

The worst thing you can do to a good knife is throw it. A finely tempered steel blade has a high chance of snapping from the impact of hitting a wooden (or any other type) of target. The point of any knife is the part most susceptible to snapping; but even if the tip of the blade does not break, other parts, such as the handle, guard, or edge can become chipped or damaged. Many knife enthusiasts commonly break a dozen or more knives before they realize just how damaging throwing a knife can be.

In magazine articles, various knife manufacturers occasionally list how they subject their knives to rigorous testing, with the basic tactics being: bending, chopping, stabbing the point repeatedly; but almost never will you see tests that include actually throwing the knife, which is the harshest test of all.

Why would anyone need to throw a knife anyway? In most survival situations you certainly wouldn’t want to throw your knife and take a chance on losing it. Even in knife-fighting manuals they don't list knife-throwing among the necessary tactics, even though one would think throwing a knife to end a fight would be much safer since (presumably) one would be far removed from their opponent. But knives don’t always stick, do they?

Knife throwing can be extremely fun, however. Plus it can improve a person’s hand-eye coordination, while being a moderate form of exercise. But remember to always be careful when throwing a knife; and always throw at cross-cut sections of trees as targets.

Now let's learn how to make a knife specifically for throwing. The first thing to consider is that a good throwing knife should be made from steel of a lower “temper” than other knives (tempering is changing the hardness or overall “texture” of steel by using a heating and cooling process), which gives it more overall durability, rather than quality steel that is of a higher temper, which is used mainly for “holding” an edge and remaining sharp.

To obtain the material for your throwing knife, you have a few different options: Use scrap metal found at a metal salvage yard; buy a piece from a local metal-working shop; or find some scrap steel laying around your property. (Certain knife enthusiasts believe the best type of steel to use for throwing knives is type “EN 1.4301 / AISI 304 (V2A)” which should be in stock at any metal-working shop.) In general, your steel should be about 10 to 11 inches long and 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches wide, but the size of your knife will depend mainly on your personal preference and the availability of material. Make sure the steel is at least an 1/8 of an inch thick however, so that it won’t bend much from the impact of throwing and striking a target (although some bending is to be expected, and you can straighten out the blade again using two bricks and laying the knife across them, or you can bend the blade back to shape using a vise). If you make several throwing knives, try to make them from the same piece of material so they retain the same size and weight.

Begin making your throwing knife by cutting the steel to proper length. Then draw the basic design of your knife on the steel using a black permanent marker. (For the overall design, Googling images of 'throwing knife' will provide many options, or you can simply invent a design of your own – one extremely minimal throwing knife design would be to shape a basic point on one end of the blade, then leave the rest of the steel in its natural state; but of course more sophisticated designs are possible). After making your design first on paper, transfer it to a piece of stiff cardboard with glue, then place the cardboard on top of your steel and hold it in place with a small hammer. Mark around the cardboard using a black magic marker, then use a vise to clamp the piece of steel in securely for working – you may want to place a thick piece of paper between the jaws of your vise and the steel to avoid scratching the blade. Now simply cut out the entire shape with a hacksaw. (Metal-working shops commonly use a CNC machine to cut out knife designs with ease; consider this option if you don’t want to perform the hard work of cutting the design yourself with a hack saw). After cutting out the blade, the edges will need to be beveled with a file near the point so that it will pierce the target and stick more efficiently. Remember that with a throwing knife, a good point is more important than having a sharp cutting edge – you don’t want the long edge so sharp that it cuts your hand in the act of throwing.

After filing the point down, you will need to remove any rough corners from the handle area by rounding and smoothing them over with a file (this may require a hacksaw also). Smooth and polish the entire knife with sand paper or emory paper to remove any sharp edges or burrs that could cut your hand while throwing. For hand protection, you can wrap the handle with a strip of thin leather if desired, or use a red strip of cloth to make the knife easier to find after it has been thrown.

Throwing a knife and getting it to stick every time usually involves a simple process of gauging distance and accounting for the number of revolutions the knife makes in the air before it hits the target. Simply observe how many times the knife will need to turn before the point of the blade makes contact with the target, then make distance adjustments as necessary.

Remember to always be as safe as possible while throwing knives of any kind! Refrain from throwing knives at living trees and instead throw them at cross-cut sections of wood. And if you ever get the urge to hunt dangerous game with your throwing knife, be sure to have a skilled marksman with a powerful gun as back-up. Also while throwing, always check around you frequently for any living things so you don't accidentally hit them!

by Jason Earls

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We had some great winners from our last giveaway! Posted on 03 Mar 20:17 , 0 comments

Our first and most recent giveaway was for a free ninja star and we have shipped out those to our winners that have responded.

Tom Sturtevant

Ty Kendall

Shane Meyer

Hope you like the stars and the weather gets better for throwing them around!  Thanks  

Our next giveaway is below;

 

 

 


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Custom Damascus Knives, what knife steel do they make this damascus knife with? Posted on 10 Feb 13:56 , 0 comments

Modern Damascus Steel or "Pattern Welding"

Pattern welding is the practice in sword and blade making of structuring a cutting edge of a few metal bits of varying piece that are manufacture welded together and contorted and controlled to structure the pattern in a custom damascus knife.. Regularly called (Modern) Damascus steel, sharpened pieces of steels manufactured in this way frequently show groups of somewhat distinctive designing along their whole length. These groups can be highlighted for corrective purposes by fitting cleaning or corrosive drawing. Pattern welding was an outgrowth of covered or heaped steel, a comparable procedure used to consolidate steels of distinctive carbon substance, giving a craved blend of hardness and strength. Albeit current steel-making courses of action refute the need to mix diverse steels, example welded steel is still utilized by custom knife-makers for the nonessential impacts it delivers.



Pattern welding created out of the essentially intricate procedure of making edges that were both hard and intense from the flighty and unacceptable yield from ahead of schedule iron purifying in bloomeries. The bloomery does not produce temperatures sufficiently high to liquefy iron and steel, yet rather diminishes the iron oxide mineral into particles of unadulterated iron, which then weld into a mass of wipe iron, comprising of chunks of contaminations in a grid of generally immaculate iron, which is so delicate it is not possible make a decent razor sharp edge. Carburizing slender iron bars or plates structures a layer of harder, high carbon steel at first glance, and early bladesmiths would manufacture these bars or plates together to structure generally homogeneous bars of steel. This covering distinctive sorts of steels together delivers designs that can be seen in the surface of the completed razor sharp edge, and this structures the premise for Pattern welding of the Damascus Knife.

Pattern welding of Damascus Knives in Europe

By the second and third century AD, the Celts were generally utilizing pattern welding for beautification as a part of expansion to structural reasons. It included collapsing metal and producing substituting layers of steel into poles, which would then be bent to structure complex examples when produced into a cutting edge. By the sixth and seventh hundreds of years, pattern welding had arrived at a level where slender layers of designed steel were being overlaid onto a delicate iron center, bringing about a noticeable improvement as the iron provided for them an adaptable and springy center that would take any stun from sword hits to stop the cutting edge bowing or snapping. Before the end of the Viking period, pattern welding dropped out of utilization in Europe.

Amid the Middle ages, Damascus knives were being delivered in India and brought again to Europe. The likenesses in the markings persuaded it was the same methodology being utilized, and pattern welding was restored by European smiths who were endeavoring to copy these beautiful Damascus Knives. While the routines utilized by Damascus smiths to create their razor sharp edges was lost, late endeavors by metallurgists and bladesmiths, (for example, Verhoeven and Pendray) to duplicate steel with indistinguishable attributes have yielded a process that does not include pattern welding. However even these endeavors have not been an enormous achievement.

A comparative system was additionally utilized by Scandinavian Medieval swordsmiths. The Mora blade is today fabricated with a comparable strategy. Today the customary pot steel is from time to time utilized, yet the high carbon steel is normally device steel or stainless steel.

Present day beautiful utilization to show how to make a custom Damascus Knife. 

The old swordmakers abused the tasteful characteristics of pattern welded steel. The Vikings specifically were enamored with curving bars of steel around one another, welding the bars together by pounding and after that rehashing the procedure with the ensuing bars, to make complex examples in the last steel bar. Two bars bent in inverse bearings made the normal chevron design. Regularly, the core of the cutting edge was a center of delicate steel, and the edges were robust high carbon steel, like the covers of the Japanese.

The American Bladesmith Society's Master Smith test, for instance, obliges a 300 layer edge to be produced. Huge quantities of layers are by and large created by collapsing, where a little number of layers are welded together, then the clear is cut fifty-fifty, stacked, and welded once more, with every operation multiplying the quantity of layers. Beginning with only two layers, eight collapsing operations will yield 512 layers in the clear. A razor sharp edge ground from such a clear will demonstrate a grain much like an item cut from a piece of wood, with comparative arbitrary varieties in example. Some made articles can be re-purposed into pattern welded spaces. "Cable Damascus", manufactured from high carbon multi-strand link, is a prominent thing for bladesmiths to deliver, creating a finely grained, wound example, while cutting apparatus chains create an example of arbitrarily situated blobs of shade.

Some current bladesmiths have taken pattern welding to new statures, with extensive applications of conventional damascus knife welding procedures, and in addition with new innovation. A layered billet of steel bars with the edge clear slice perpendicular to the layers can likewise deliver some awesome examples, including mosaics or actually composing. Powder metallurgy permits composites that would not regularly be good to be consolidated into robust bars. Diverse medicines of the steel after it is ground and cleaned, for example, dye, scratching, or different other synthetic surface medications that respond contrastingly to the distinctive metals utilized can make splendid, high-differentiate completes on the steel. Some expert smiths venture to utilize procedures, for example, electrical release machining to remove interlocking examples of diverse steels, fit them together, then weld the ensuing gathering into a strong piece of steel for their damascus knife blade 

Damascus Steel, a steel utilized as a part of sword-making amid the Medieval Period to make fine Damascus Knives, Swords and weapons.

Wootz steel, an Indian pot steel

Bulat steel, a Russian pot steel

Japanese sword development incorporates a particular manifestation of pattern welding.

Mokume-gane, a comparative system, regularly including valuable metals, used to create enhancing pieces

 


Knife Defense Course Posted on 16 Jan 14:31 , 0 comments

I just recently attended a knife defense course and had a blast.  The class was located in South Bend Indiana and the teacher was a former Marine from Spartan Dynamics.  It started out with general deadly force issues and then became more interesting with the actual knife practice.  We concentrated on protecting yourself from a stab and it was a lot of fun.  My wife is now getting upset because I like to practice the techniques on her, so I might have to go back for another class so she doesn't feel like a guinea pig in my training.  I have also looked at some Krav Maga but I really felt that the training I received from Spartan Dynamics was real world stuff that would work. Ourah!

Started some Knife Sharpening Posted on 15 Jan 20:26 , 0 comments

Started today to do some knife sharpening on some of the new knives I recently received.  I sharpen with a belt sander and use a variety of belts from 400 grit to 1000 grit.  I also found a set of 5 Case kitchen knives that are used that I am re-sharpening and they seem like really good quality.  Once I get the website up and going, I will add in some mail-in knife sharpening so that you can get your knives scary sharp for hunting and general use.

 


Knife Dude Posted on 09 Jan 15:50 , 0 comments

How do people remember you from your past? Most people probably remember me as the guy who always had a knife in his pocket. Knives are one of the most beautiful objects on earth, at once functional and also an art form. I am looking to provide some of the nicer custom damascus knives that are for sale at a decent price and also some more eclectic items such as throwing knives and tomahawks.  We will also be providing a mail in knife sharpening service in the near future.  I am a former Marine and believe everyone should have a knife in his or her pocket.  Let's make that happen.