Throwing Knives at Target Is Novel Sport



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 damage.


Lay rough boards loosely on the cement floor, under and in front of target. Cover these with rag bags or old carpets.


An ordinary 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 and downward.


After throwing 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.


Popular Science May 1933


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