Well this is a question that you may have in mind once you are reading this, however I am very sorry to disappoint you and tell you; sorry, it all depends.
You see, what the best is throwing knife for you is not necessarily the best throwing knife for me. The deciding factor in all of this is what we are planning to do with the knives when we buy them. If you have a kid and you are planning to get that kid some throwing knives for his birthday and you are looking for the best there is then you may want to reconsider.
Why you may ask?
Because kids will lose them or critically damage them possibly the very same day you hand it to them. So it would make sense to buy some relatively cheap ones in bulk (like these ones) rather than buy the best of the best top of the line stuff (like these ones). Lets say that you bought about 10 of them. On the first go you give him like 3 and tell him to take good care of them, and then after they are inevitably lost or badly damaged you give him 3 more and tell him to try taking better care of this set.( of which he will)… and you gage accordingly base on how things work out with the second set.
The message here is this, before thinking of what type of throwing knife you want in terms of it looking nice and shinny and sleek and sexy, think about what exactly you are going to do with the knives after you purchase them. Try thinking of the various elements you may expose the knives to, because people generally do not understand that the humidity in the immediate environment that you continually expose the knives to increases the rate at which it gets damaged, among other things.
Now that we have establish that, let me hasten to say that what you are about to read is not the be all end all before you make purchase your throwing knife. This is information from my own personal experiences having throwing knives from I was 6 years old ( I started out with the bread knife at that age) in addition to some research on my own.
Quality over quantity
I wasn’t going to say anything about this, but something just struck me and then I thought that probably some people need a friendly reminder that you get what you pay for.
If you stock up yourself with a lot of cheap knives you are actually going to end up spending more money in the long run that if you just get the best there is from the get go.
1. Cheap knives get damaged quickly. So you will have to end up buying a next set very soon.
2. Cheap knives do not give you the best experience as a knife thrower, so you will possibly not realize the full potential of your technique and skills if you do not throw the best throwing knives on the market.
Ok, ok, so some people may be on a budget. Well, I still would NOT recommend you go with a cheap knife. It just leads to more regret frustration and it just doesn’t work out. Take for instance these people who purchased this knife right here and ended up complaining like and angry mob rather than just looking around on the next pages to see better stuff which are just about $5 dollars more and totally worth the extra penny. So yes you are on a budget, but sometimes you have to look beyond your budget and look at the overall physical value and peace of mind that you will get if you just compromise a little bit.
When looking to get the best throwing knives for yourself you also have to take into consideration these two things:
1. Do you have any ambition go into any competition?
2. Or are you just looking for knives to throw for fun?
Well either way my answer will remain virtually the same. You have to make sure that you have the best throwing knives in whatever you are doing. If you are just looking to throw for fun then you want this fun to last as long as possible and you want to get the most out of you money spent. So why waste time buy something that will inevitably limit your fun time… it just doesn’t make sense man.
And as a reminder please remember that for knives to enter an internationally approved competition they have to be between 12 inches to 14 inches long.
The Actual Throwing Knives Themselves
Ok so we have created the framework and mindset that you should be in when looking for a nice set of throwing knives. Now we can look at the actual throwing knives themselves.
One of the most important things you absolutely have to take into consideration is the type of steel that makes these knives. Generally though throwing knives are made with stainless steel and you will rarely find any good quality knife made from any lesser material.
Stainless steel makes the knife appears really nice with the shinny appearance that it presents with. However the best features of the stainless steel is that it is has tremendous resistance to corrosion and they are very durable metals alloys. This features are very good to have in a set of throwing knives when you consider the amount of time that they will be thrown and the wear and tear that can affect the knife point and blade.
It is also important to note that stainless steel alloys that are used to make the high quality throwing knivescontain approximately 13% chromium content. Without boring you with chemistry lets just say that the chromium content is the main active ingredient that keeps the wet humid conditions that the knives may be exposed to from rusting away your blade and point.
The Abrasion Resistance
Stainless steel is naturally abrasive resistant. Do you know what a pot is?
Well of course you do, well majority of the shinny pots are made from stainless steel and if you think of how you sometimes hit, knock, and sometimes maybe even throw these pots and they do not show any major dents then you know that the martial that makes them is very strong so you can rest assure that throwing knives made from stainless steel material are very resistant abrasion.
This is an important feature of the knife as it will hold its edges and stay smooth so that it doesn’t diminish your overall throwing experience.
The more abrasive resistant the knife the longer its life span.
Personally I just plain straight prefer double bladed throwing knives rather than the single blade ones.
For some strange reason I just feel more balanced and I do not have any doubts that once the blade comes into contact with the surface it will stick.
Single blade throwing knives are awesome too, and they are loved by many people especially this very popular one that throwers seem to love and also has a very high rating as shown right here.
My advice on the handle is that I prefer handles that are continuous with the blade of the knife. Meaning, I do not particularly like knives that have cord grips. My reason is that the grip gets worn out very easily if you are doing a lot of throwing. When this happens depending on the amount of cord that was used to make the knife handle it can throw of the balance of the knife. Also it just doesn’t feel comfortable when you are throwing and the handle starts to come off piece by piece in your hand.
You have some manufactures/knife makers who through research and testing go overboard on the making of ergonomically more efficient handles. Gill Hibben has made a huge name for himself making knives in many different industries over the years. His knives have come in Rambo movies and many other popular movies on the big screen. One of his inventions in the throwing knives industry is his trigger grip throwing knife. This knife has a little curved section at the bottom of the handle where the index finger is supposed to fit snug so that it makes it easy for a handle thrower. I have talked about it already so you can read about it right here.
Another piece of advice on the handle is that it should not account for most of the overall weight distribution of the knife if you are a handle thrower, and especially if you are a non-spin thrower. What will happen is that when the knife leaves your hand the handle will tend to want to start the rotation prematurely. This will throw off your technique and make it more difficult to get the knife to stick in its target. This can prove to be very frustrating for a new thrower.
The Length of The Knife
Coming from the handle it is very fitting that I move right into Knife Length.
The best throwing knives you will experience in terms of manipulation, flight and ability to stick are the longer throwing knives, simply put. The longer the knife usually the heavier it weighs, and the heavier it weighs the more control a thrower will have in calculating and predicting the amount of spin it will make before impact and ultimately this increases precision.
It is harder to calculate the number of spins of a shorter knife because it may be spinning much faster than the longer knife. Because of this the shorter knife may not stick into its target as often as the longer knife as the handle may hit the target rather than the point.
It is also important to note that a shorter knife is also even less accurate when throwing over longer distances because the wind may have a greater effect on its flight path than with the longer heavier knife where it would take a stronger wind to steer it wide of its target. Here is a long knife that I would recommend if you are looking for something of value for money.