Michael Janich wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:55 am
I have been throwing knives for more than 40 years and also have a greater-than-average interest in the use of knives in self-defense. When I first started throwing, I was enamored with the Hollywood hype and worked hard at being able to throw my knives--cheap, light sets of three that I bought at the cutlery shop in the mall (when such things still existed)--from all ranges. I was using traditional half-spin, full-spin, and multiple spin throws, as learned from Harry McEvoy's classic book on the topic (bought in the same mall, when malls had bookstores). Ultimately, I learned to judge distance by eye, choose the proper throwing technique, and tweak my grip to throw effectively at all reasonable distances. Although "no-spin" knife throwing is now the rage, it's not the only way to throw at multiple ranges.
Very interesting stuff, as usual!
To be clear: I am far from being much more than a better beginner when it comes to knife- and Tomahawk throwing, but I practice both a bit.
And I am totally clueless when it comes to a martial context of that, I do it just for fun, like others throw Darts or play golf. But I can estimate how much power (or not) is behind a thrown object, and how much (or not) it could do damage to a human.
The Tomahawk I throw of course in full / multiple spin throwing (can´t imagine any other way to do it), but the knives (mostly an Esee Laser Strike) in "no spin".
You corrected that to half spin, and of course you are right: When I do "NO" spin, the knife (and so the tip) is flying in a wide arc, so the tip is a little bit more up in the beginning,and starts to move more downwards during being in air.
When I stated in previous posts that you´d have to do "no" spin throwing to even have a chance to reliably hit an opponent with the tip (and not any other part) of the knife, I was thinking of a somewhat unpredictably MOVING target.
To some degree I also have learned to judge distance by eye, and so can quite reliably make the (spinning) Tomahawk stick in a target.
But if the target was MOVING, and I would not know how exactly, if it would maybe suddenly stop or accelerate, I can´t imagine HOW exactly to judge the distance, since that distance would not be static, but changing very fast... in that case I personally think "no" spin (with knives of course, not possible with a Tomahawk) would be the safer bet... What do you think, if I may ask?
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