Best Throwing Knives

photo of gib hibbens throwing knives in black and white

The great Gil Hibbens 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

NameNinjaGil HibbenKunai
BrandNo BrandUnited CutleryNaruto
HandleMetalMetalTerrible
MetalGoodGreatGood
Weight7oz12oz5oz
Length6″12″6″
SheathBadLeatherBad
BalanceCenteredCenteredUnbalanced
MSRP$17$67$25
Amazon$2$31$2
Rating

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 weigh and length appropriate. If you are new, 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 cheap, 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.

3 Top Selling Throwers

Here are our review of the three top throwing knives we’ve found.

No Brand Ninja Throwing Knives

photo of ninja throwing knives 3 set

Great knives for $2

This set of 3 can be purchased on Amazon for $2. Really, where else can you buy something this cheap? Given the price, I thought, “hey, why not, it is only $2.”

These Ninja knives are 6 inches long and weight about 7 ounces. They are quite sharp and the metal is good in my opinion. Note that, if you miss a lot, the tip will get bent and you’ll need to sharpen/hammer the tips out to fix it.

The case is terrible. It is made out of rags and it’ll not even hang on your waste. You are better off holding the knives in your hand in use and placing it in a shoe box. Some reviewers stated how they used duct tape to fix the case–yes, it is that bad.

United Cutlery Gil Hibben Competition Throwing Knives

gil hibbens by United Cutlery

Best throwing knives for beginners

United Cutlery is a big name in knives and I’ve reviewed a lot of their knives before. Gil Hibbens is an expert knife throwing and writer of many knife throwing books. This set is made with a design from him.

These knives are 12 inches long and weight 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 handle 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 into 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, leather. The sheath is very high quality and I am very pleased with the sheath. It fits well and makes the 3 set a bargain for $31 on Amazon. This set retail for $67.

Naruto Kunai Knives

up close photo of the naruto throwing knife

More toy than knife

Naruto is a popular TV show and these knives look just like the knives used on the show, only smaller. These knives are 6 inches in length and feature a rope handle. You can take the handle off, exposing the bare tang, if you would like. I like the bare tang better because the handle isn’t that high quality anyways.

The knife isn’t well balanced–it is heavy on the front. This makes it harder to throw, especially if you are new. Add that to the small size and light weight, you will have to practice a lot to stick this knife.

The sheath is terrible like the first knife but, seeing that this is more of a toy than anything else, I’m not going to complain. This set also costs $2.

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 Hibbens 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 3 set Ninja knives. For only $2, you can find out if you enjoy knife throwing or not. Note that, since they are smaller, you might not actually stick them for the first few throwing sessions. Don’t get discouraged! Keep trying.

I would not recommend the Naruto series because it is not well made and is more of a toy. The handle is terrible and the sheath is equally terrible. I would only recommend you buy it if you are a fan of the show.

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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4 comments on “Best Throwing Knives
  1. 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..

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

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