KNIFE throwing is
an inexpensive, exciting game of skill in which all
ages and both sexes can participate. It has
something of the novelty and thrill of the circus
and never gets monotonous. The equipment can be set
up in the cellar in an evening. It consists of an
old chopping block, three knives (ours cost 19 cents
each), a small roll of tire tape, rag bags, two
boards, nails, and a little paint. The total cost is
less than a dollar.
The target A is a
block of wood without knots, 17-1/2 in. in diameter
and about 15 in. long. Soft pine is best. Saw the
face smooth across grain so that knives can enter
with the grain. Paint rings as shown at B. Attach a
board midway from each end on either side, and hang
on joists about 52 in. from the floor in such a way
that the block can swing back and forth.
About 1 ft.
behind and, if necessary, to the left and right,
tack up rag bags to stop knives and prevent their
Lay rough boards
loosely on the cement floor, under and in front of
target. Cover these with rag bags or old carpets.
butcher’s knife will serve the purpose. Grind to the
shape shown at C for balance, and wrap the handle
with tire tape to hold the rivets. Grind and round
off the cutting edge up to within about 1/2 in. of
the point and file the point to a blunt, chisel-like
edge that is not sharp enough at any place to cut
the hand. This is important. Experience has shown
that although this makes the game safe, it does not
interfere with the penetration of the knife. Not one
of all who have thrown these knives has ever
received even the slightest injury.
The position of
the knife in the right hand is shown at D. This
gives a firm, steady grip. Stand facing the target
12 ft. from it, knife in hand. With arm over head,
elbow bent slightly, swing arm at shoulder foreward
three knives, we count score, remove them from
target or floor, and throw them again until we have
thrown 21 knives in 7 sets of 3 each. The
accumulated total thus gained is our score. A
doubtful knife in the target is measured across its
width at the surface of the target. The greatest
width in either ring decides the issue, and one
exactly half and half is counted on the lower score.
Only knives in the target after the third has been
thrown are counted. Variations in knives, knife
holds, distance from target, and other conditions
will quickly suggest themselves. W. W.