Updated: December 21, 2020

Best Throwing Knives

Throwing Knives

Are you looking for the best throwing knife around? Well, wait no more because we just reviewed 3 top-selling throwing knives and our findings will shock you. (Yes, you wouldn’t believe what dirt we uncovered). I know there are lots of choices out there for throwing knives and, with this guide, you’ll find your perfect throwing buddy no matter how tall, large, or old you are.

What to Look for in the Best Throwing Knives

First off, a throwing knife should not be sharp. Do not be mistaken by the word “knife,” a sharp throwing knife can cut you while you are throwing from the blade. The throwing knife should have a dull blade. All it needs to stick into the wood is a sharp point, that is all.

Secondly, the knife should be weight and length appropriate. If you are new to knife throwing, a longer knife will be easier to learn. Longer knives spin slower, so beginners can have more time to work on their techniques. Shorter knives spin fast and it is harder to get it to stick into the wood. The rule of thumb is that the knife should weigh 1.5 oz for every inch in length. The longest throwing knife you can find is about 12 inches and the shortest throwing knife is about 6 inches. The heavier the knife, the more impact it will have on the target. A heavier knife will also allow you to hit targets that are further away.

The knife must be made of a good metal. Lots of low-end knives are made with terrible metals that will snap in half after a few hard throws. Most quality throwing knives are made with one single sheet of stainless steel. Some cheap, soft metals also dent easily. A lot of low-quality knives will break if it hits cement or something hard.

It is not recommended to have a handle. Handles can make it harder for you to release the knife during a throw–especially rubber handles. Handles can also screw up with the knife’s balance.

Having a balanced knife is better than an unbalance knife because it lets you throw the knife from both ends.

The knife’s sheath should be good. Having a bad sheath will take the fun out of throwing knives. A high-quality sheath is a complement to a high-quality set of knives.

Top Selling Throwers

Here is our review of the 5 top-rated throwing knives we’ve found.

1.   SOG Throwing Knives – 3 Pack


SOG Throwing Knives with Sheath 3 Pack Balanced Throwing Knives Set w/ Paracord Knife Handles and Professional Throwing Knife Sheath (F041TN-CP)

At under $40 this is actually a set of throwing knives that are among the most expensive on the market.  That means throwing knives are pretty affordable all-around.  SOG is one of top brands in the great knife industry, so on the basis of name alone, I’m already partial to this set.  In further researching the SOG throwing knife, it’s interesting to find out that they are actually suitable for professional throwing competitions!

Each knife is 10 inches long and of course full-tang (you can even see the tang because there are no handle scales on either side of the shank).  The blade measures 4.4 inches in length and the steel is hard-cased black 420 Stainless.  The black coat reduces chances of rust while looking aggressive and cool at the same time!  Each knife comes with a paracord for utility purposes, but it can be easily removed to create a more evenly balanced knife.  The SOG throwing knife features a straight cutting edge and a clip point blade. 

The tough nylon sheath holds all three knives neatly and safely.

2.  United Cutlery Gil Hibben Competition Throwing Knives


Gil Hibben Competition Triple Thrower Set - Large

United Cutlery is a big name in knives and I’ve reviewed a lot of their knives before. Gil Hibben is an expert knife thrower and writer of many knife throwing books. This set is a design he crafted from his expertise and years of experience.

These knives are over 12 inches long and weigh a whopping 12 ounces. What is great about this long, heavy knife is that you have a lot of control. You can fit all of the handles in your hand and the length makes it spin very slowly. This is good so you know if you need to add more spin or not in case it isn’t sticking. The weight allows the knife to stick from as far as 25 feet away!

This is a great knife for the beginner/intermediate in my opinion. For the beginner, you can practice your control a lot. For the intermediate, you can practice your distance.

The metal is great and there are only a few dents from the knife hitting other knives that are stuck in the wood. Other than that, this thing won’t break on you if you threw it into cement or accidentally drop it.

The sheath is made of leather. Yes, real leather!  The sheath is very high quality and I am very pleased with the durability and looks of the sheath. It fits well and makes the 3 set a bargain on Amazon.

3.   SOG Fling


Throwing Knife

The SOG Fling is also an excellent knife for the price, from a company with experience and integrity for quality.

Most of you are no strangers to the SOG brand and quality that comes with it.  Fling is the name of SOG’s entry into the world of knife throwing.  The Fling knives from SOG are styled after traditional throwing knives with a broad dagger profile. The edges are non-sharpened but the point is perfect for target practice. Each knife handle is wrapped with 7 feet of paracord, giving you a total of 21 feet, perfect for those unexpected situations.

They’re 9.5″ long and made of 9Cr18MoV steel.  Each weighs 5.4 oz. and they come with a nylon sheath.  Did I mention they’re very cool looking?!

It’s excellent for friendly competitions in the backyard and beyond (though I’d stay away from the local park!!!)

4.   United Cutlery Gil Hibben Gen. 2 Large Triple Set


United Cutlery GH2011 Gil Hibben Gen. 2 Large Triple Throwing Knife Set with Sheath

While there are other throwing knives on Amazon and elsewhere, Gil Hibben makes his 2nd appearance on our list for good reason.  This set of knives is assured of quality, and of course, the hundreds of reviews would attest to that as opposed to 1 or ZERO reviews on lots of other no-name brands.  We’re far more comfortable promoting anything designed by Gil and manufactured under the United Cutlery name.

The 420 Stainless Steel construction assures the right hardness level and steel quality.  It’s 8-5/8 inches long and it features a trigger-grip design.  At 15.8 ounces, they offer a solid throw, and the heavy-duty nylon sheath seals the deal.

5.   SOG Fling Classic Throwing Knives Set with Sheath


SOG Classic Throwing Knives Set with Sheath - Fling Balanced Throwing Knife Set w/ 2.8 Inch Steel Blades for Traditional Throwing Knives 3 Pk (FX41N-CP)

For the same reason we featured two of Gil Hibben’s designed knives on our top 5 list, we again feature the SOG line of throwing knives.  They’re barely more expensive than any competitor brand, but infinitely more reliable.  Over 230 customers rate this knife at 4.6 stars out of 5.0 so that’s a good start.   These knives are shaped just like the Flings on our list at #3, but they’re smaller.

This deal features 3 knives and one sheath.  They are of pro-quality and would not be out of place in competition or show.  This knife is crafted with 3Cr13MoV satin-polished stainless steel (great corrosion resistance) and a very sharp spear point that sticks well.  However, the aggressive-looking edges are not sharpened in order to accommodate more throwing styles and to offer more confidence to the thrower.   

The length of the blade itself is only 2.8 inches and the weight of the knife is 5.4 ounces.  It features paracord handle-wrap (which, if you’re a purist, can be easily removed) and a very tough Ballistic nylon sheath to hold all 3 knives.

Conclusion as to Which Knife Set You Should Buy

Knife stuck in bulls eye

If you are a beginner and want to do this, get the United Cutlery Gil Hibben knife.

If you are new, I highly recommend the United Cutlery knife set. The length and weight will make you feel like a knife-throwing pro. It’ll also last a long time as well since it is made of high-quality materials.

If you are still deciding if knife throwing is for you, check out the SOG FLING.  Note that since they are smaller, you might not actually stick them for the first few throwing sessions. Don’t get discouraged! Keep trying.

That is it guys! If you have any comments, post them in the comment box below. Do you have a copy of these knives or any other throwing knife?  Tell me your story. You can also check out our review of throwing axes that are great for cutting down wood as well. We also have a review on tomahawks that you can throw.

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  • Comments

  • Lianne Paterson says:

    I enjoyed reading your article, loved it. I will continue reading more of your writings. Thanks, well done.

  • Willl Austin says:

    Another review by someone who know nothing about the subject. The first one is 6 inches (ca. 15 cm) long — that is way too short. SOG knives are too light and just shaped wrong. The Gil Hibens are okay for the price, but they taper in too sharply making the blade width very narrow. This makes it hard to control. However, it you must be cheap, and I like to be cheap as is exemplified by my personal knowledge of these three knives, the Gils are decent, especially if modified with a grinder. The best knives on Amazon are the Condor Half-Spin knives, which are best for no-spin, and both Condor Dismissals. The blades made by cold steel are too skinny. Go to flyingsteel for great knives, although the Condor throwers are more for me. Also, for a lighter weight but great thrower, check out “Lefux Knives” on Facebook. He makes quality stuff and mails them to you from Russia.

    **And word to Carl and M.J. They make great points. Heck, an 8-inch construction nail is a great thrower. M.J. is 100% right, but certain knives can be more dangerous than others and limit the techniques used. I believe M.J. uses spin technique. I use the so-call no-spin His technique is requires one to release the object the same way every time and distance must be calculated. It can be very effective. No-spin really means 1/4 spin as you control trajectory with you first finger on the spine. The furthest throw I can make 50% of the time is 6 meters. His is probably longer.

  • Loved the article! Thanks for the help.

  • Daniel says:

    Indeed, I like to make my own, I will look for any old knife with good steel, deconstruct it if needed and file it to my taste. I would rather use my redesigned Knives over any marketed Knives. I just don’t get the same feeling of satisfaction when I throw a blade that was mass produced and sold to anyone as I do when I throw my own. I will often throw folding Knives simply for the diversity, and discard them when they break. When I see many of the commercial Knives in local stores, I cannot help to think that they are nothing more than novelty items. Best of luck to those searching for the perfect blade, but just think, it may already be resting in your kitchen drawer 🙂

  • RayRay Risin says:

    Well, Naruto kunai aren’t intended to be used as actual weapons. They’re made as collection pieces and cosplay props ^^; So, of course, they’ll suck if being used like REAL kunai/throwing knives

  • Caden says:

    My dad owns my grandfathers military m9 bayonet knife, it never has left the house and it probably never will, so thats legal right?

  • belle says:

    Kunais are the worst because the circle at the end are useless and they break very easy. Also when they break it looks like they aere made of asfault

  • Carl McNally says:

    I bought a M14 bayonet at a flea market for $5,took off the handles and guard. Got some lead and beat it flat ,by just eyeballing it in made weights for each side of handle.did a little filing on the tip,wrapped the handle with adhesive tape and electrician tape, Dang thing sticks and throws as good ,if not better ,than my bought knives,got two sets of Hibben,one Coldsteel,,,bout as fun making it as it was is throwing it…Best a Wishes,Carl

    • Timothy Pray says:

      Tell that story Carl. You MADE something, and got it to work well. I teach high school students, and they need to know that effort, mental flexibility and time, can make almost anything work. I’ll bet when you started that project, you had planned on some of the modifications, but not all of them. I’m going to show your post to my kids.

  • Art says:

    Mr J I too have thrown many things and had some good ones, so good they were stolen, but now have pruchased a few Sogs and they break like dry twigs, just a close slow toss to see its rotation and snapped in half, the tang in the handles are drilled to almost nothing in there, looking for a tough durable fixed unit that can take abuse. What do you suggest? became good with a WWII kabar but the butt broke off from a 30 ft throw many years ago and don’t want to do that again

    • Some guy says:

      Kershaws are all junk too. Theyre designed well but metal is complete garbage. Dry twigs….

    • Chris Desatoff says:

      For commercial knives, Cold Steel makes some good, durable throwing knives. Stainless steel knives are pretty, but they bend and break too easily – especially SOG with their cutouts lol.
      If you’re really serious about knife throwing, check out customer throwing knife makers on Youtube and social media. Join IKTHOF, go to competitions and start learning from those guys.

  • Mr.J ? says:

    Point being to be truly good at it it doesn’t matter about the knives balance,the sheath,the material on the handle..the bottom line is the person.
    For example..you don’t practice knife throwing to train the knife…the practice is for the person throwing the knives their balance,posture, grip(the way the knife feels to you),shoulder strength and focus being able to visualize your target in your mind…
    The form of your body when you release that knife or knives..to embed these things in your body’s memory(muscle memory) its like retaining dance steps, riding a bicycle, martial arts forms.
    Anyone can flip a knife and eventually stick it…if you solely hang on the balance of you knives or if they’re sharp or not you will never truly master that weapon.

  • Mr.J ? says:

    You sound like a you’ve never done this before, I’ve thrown knives for 25 years…any kind of knife…switchblades,stars,kitchen knives, steak knives, butter knives,pocket knives, hunting knives, military knives,throwing knives,ice picks,screw drivers,sai’s even knives and spikes I carved out of wood..

    • Glenn says:

      MrJ, Im 52 years old and recently became very interested in knife throwing. In your post you mentioned a lot of things that I would like to hear more about. Your terminology and theology concerning knife throwing is what I am looking to learn. Ive read a lot and watched videos but I can sense each article and video is missing true expert guidance. I would like to email you so that you can give me some guidance.

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