Even though knife throwing goes back hundreds of years, it was only in 2009 that knife throwing experienced its modern revival.
Now, there are numerous competitions around the world. Top manufacturers are making throwing knives. I wouldn’t be surprised if ESPN added a knife-throwing show soon!
While you can throw any knife, the knives made for throwing are very different. Further, some knives are better for no-spin throwing or rotational throwing.
Here’s what you need to know to pick the best throwing knife for beginners that can still be used as you gain experience.
Most “Throwing Knives” Are Not Very Good!
Before I get into what the best throwing knives are, I feel the need to do a mini-rant. I checked out what some other websites listed as the best throwing knives. Pretty much all of them recommend the same knives. And those knives are mostly crap.
Why? The knives are either too small, too light, or both. Oh, and some sites recommend kunai throwing knives. Unless you are a nerdy anime fan, there is no reason to get a kunai (more on why kunai knives suck for throwing later).
I get that websites make affiliate money by recommending certain products. But they should at least do their research!
We also have affiliate links on this site, but we aren’t going to recommend products that are complete crap just to make money.
What Do We Recommend?
All the throwing knives listed here are larger in size and weight and are primarily center-balanced.
Cold Steel is the absolute best. They don’t break, even when thrown incorrectly.
But the other knives reviewed here are also suitable for beginners, especially on a budget.
Just know that you’ll eventually end up with some broken blades. By then, you’ll probably be ready to upgrade to a better set of throwing knives anyway.
Best Throwing Knives Overview
Throwing Knife Reviews
Cold Steel Sure Flight Sport
Overall Length: 12″ | Steel: 1055 carbon | Weight: 8.3oz | Balance: Center
Cold Steel knives are by far the best when it comes to commercial throwing knives. They won’t break like other cheaper alternatives.
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As for this Sure Flight knife, it is well balanced with a good length. This makes them suitable for beginners who aren’t sure whether they want to throw rotational or no-spin.
It is a bit lighter, so it won’t be as good for throwing long distances. However, while learning, the lighter weight will keep wrist strain down.
Note that this knife doesn’t come with a sheath. You’ll have to buy that separately. The sheath can hold up to three blades.
Best for: Rotational or no-spin; not great for long distances.
Cold Steel Pro Balance
Overall Length: 13¼” | Steel: 1055 carbon | Weight: 11.5oz | Balance: Slightly towards the handle