Knife Throwers Just Want a Little Respect


49 Responses to “Knife Throwers Just Want a Little Respect”

  1. milovoo says:

    I have to second the recommendation for Girl on a Bridge (La fille sur le pont) – sexy and tremendous !

  2. Anonymous says:

    What a coincidence! I also experimented with knife throwing as a consequence of drinking Absinth.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What, no mention of the most famous contemporary celebrity knife thrower, LOST’s Terry O’Quinn?

  4. TroofSeeker says:

    The Spoon Throwers were a tiny sect of Jesuits who developed their unique form of martial arts to fend off roving bands of Huns and Vandals.
    They lost every single battle. Badly.
    It was reported, however, that in one battle, a Hun warrior was stricken, and his eye was badly swollen for nearly a week. That young warrior grew up to be none other than…
    Norbert the Merchant. Nah. Me neither.

  5. TroofSeeker says:

    I tried knife throwing. Right around the time my little brother was balancing apples on his head. He hates me, but who cares? Who cares what a cyclops thinks?

  6. jfrancis says:

    I love knife throwers. I just made an image with that theme. :D

    From what I understand the quality of the throw and impact is very target-distance related

  7. Anonymous says:

    Rookwood? You mean V. Rookwood was a guard who was found dead after V had been impersonating him.

    Don’t forget Trinity saving Neo’s ass in the first Matrix movie with a timely toss.

    Mention should be made of Ricky Jay’s use of thrown playing cards as weapons.

  8. Darwindr says:

    Rookwood? Really? That was just an identity/disguise that prisoner five stole.

    Oh, and knife throwing is pretty cool.

  9. Throwdini says:

    Lizardman said, “With all due love and respect, knife throwers ARE strange people. Or, at the very least, strange people are drawn to knife throwing.”

    Well, my mother had always said I didn’t get along well with other children! So let’s see how strange I am… “My real name is The Rev. Dr. David Adamovich, retired professor with PhD in physiology (Teachers College, Columbia), paramedic, pool hall owner, professionally trained chef, ordained minister, and in my spare time… I throw knives.” (Opening line used in my knife act for some time). Oh, you want strange? How about 21 world records as The World’s Fastest Knife Thrower, written about in Guinness and Ripley’s, toured with Stars of The World Famous Moscow State Circus, guest appearance on Conan O’Brien… I guess you get the point. Does it prove the point about how strange people are drawn to knife throwing?
    The Great Throwdini

  10. braininavat says:

    Knife throwing with a human on a target is sleight of hand – the knife is palmed and a proxy knife pops thu the paper target from the back. That’s the way it worked at the circuses I’ve attended anyhow, the way the paper rips makes it obvious. I found ‘Sante Sangre’ utterly dull but maybe I just need to watch it a few more times?

  11. Takuan says:

    an honour! Please good sir, regale us, I beg a story, if you would?

  12. Takuan says:

    (I love BB! The Lizardman and Throwdini both!)

  13. DoctressJulia says:

    Santa Sangre is one of my favorite movies of all time. I loved to show it my friends in high school and scare them away. Along with Tetsuo: The Iron Man and Liquid Sky.

  14. Bionicrat2 says:

    Check out this surgeon-turned-knife thrower:

  15. Anonymous says:

    I agree with #6.

    I went to a knife show recently because I really like knives. They had a knife throwing workshop and guess who were the only people in there? Yep, crazy-eyed fat survivalist cordura fetishists covered in nylon webbing who were waaay too eager to show the only woman there how to properly throw giant knives they had forged themselves. Apart from the custom knives – they were all kinda weird looking. They were nice as long as you didn’t mention Obama.

  16. technogeek says:

    Back when I was a student, [mumble] decades ago, one of the suites in my dorm took up knife throwing in preference to dart throwing. This was partly inspired by the fact that D&D was still highly popular at the time so thrown knives were a “sure, why not” concept, and partly the fault of our resident “weapons master”, who knew more than a little about collecting and using edged steel.

    After I graduated, I picked up a set of practice knives — basically just stamped steel with a point, a wrapped handle, roughly appropriate shape and decent balance. Adequate for practicing the basics with. I put a lot of holes in cardboard boxes before I set them aside.

    More recently again, a local SCA group has been playing with thrown axes.

    With any missile weapon: Know what’s beyond the target and along any possible direction the missile might go, at any range it might reach, and be sure you have adequate space and/or backstops. The dorm group put a lot of holes in the plywood surrounding the nominal target, and even an expert’s fingers can slip.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Bob Dylan: he is throwin’ as the character Alias in the 1973 Peckinpah movie ‘Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid’.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Have just started throwing again. Using a hand forged knife by George Bolton of Fall River. The knife is as ugly as sin, but it is balance and throws beautifully. Tomahawk Jim O”Neil Dennisw MA

  19. Brainspore says:

    Knife throwers are portrayed as weirdos and eccentrics in film? Well DUH. So are people whose weapon of choice is a collapsible quarterstaff or razor-edged bowler hat.

    Any real-life killer is going to either a) use that knife to stab you, or b) buy a gun. There just aren’t that many situations where knife-throwing would be a useful skill in real life, which leaves it to the realm of spectacle. Isn’t that the point?

  20. Anonymous says:

    OTOH Mifune Toshiro, the hero in the classic Yojimbo, becomes very proficient at knife-throwing.

    OTOOH he gives it up as soon as he no longer needs it….

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      ACE: Sir, I don’t understand. Who needs a knife in a nuke fight anyway? All you gotta do is push a button, sir!

      ZIM: Put your hand on the post, private.

      ACE: Huh?

      ZIM: Put your hand on that wall!!!

      ACE: Aaaaaaah!

      ZIM: The enemy cannot push a button if you disable his hand. MEDIC!!

  21. Takuan says:

    if you throw something pointy at someone with intent to annoy, be very sure you have something worse to follow the attention-getter. I still haven’t found a quick enough (available) toxin to help either.

  22. Anonymous says:

    anybody remember the episode of NewsRadio where Dave Foley’s character is revealed to be a knife-thrower? And another Kids in the Hall alumnus cameos as legendary knife-thrower Throw-dini?

    just me?

  23. Anonymous says:

    It’s primarily for fun, not self-defense. It’s no weirder than riding a bike when cars are available, anyway. In fact most of the fanatic bikers I know are tremendously weirder than the weapons people I know… but of course, that’s why I like ‘em, I enjoy unusual people.

  24. inkfumes says:

    I have been throwing knives for 4 years, I made a target from 3 tree rounds framed together with 2x4s.

    It really is a fun sport and it is unfortunate that when you tell someone you enjoy knifethrowing they look at you with a crooked eye half the time… but i find even the most timid person will give it a try and all of them have fun doing it.

    For anyone interested I highly recomend:

    Lots of good tips, trick and target designs.

  25. The Lizardman says:

    @44 Braininavat

    You may have watched one too many fox specials on magic. While that explanation / rumor has gained some traction I have never seen it used other than on ‘expose’ style shows but I have seen (and worked with) nearly a dozen real knife throwers performing with real human targets (and witnessed two accidents that unfortunately proved how real it was).

    I also found Sante Sangre to be dull.

    OTOH, If you want a hilarious knife throwing gag act in which no knife is ever thrown, Penn & Teller have a fantastic one.


    As you probably already know, I respect you and I love your act – you are strange in all the right ways.

  26. TroofSeeker says:

    Knife Throwers Just Want A Little Respect?!
    Try being a spoon thrower!

  27. Anonymous says:

    If you like knife throwing, you should definitely watch ‘the girl on the bridge.’ I just watched it last week actually! It’s really interesting and it portrays knife throwing as this sexy, intimate bond between the thrower and the target.

  28. John Lupien says:

    I started learning this “valuable” skill
    when I was 11 years old living in Africa
    about 10 miles out in the bush.
    Nothing for kids to do, AT ALL, except
    go for walks in the bushlands and try
    to think up some less boring activity.
    A blacksmith in Livingstone made me a
    throwing knife which I still have somewhere,
    and there was a dead tree out in the bush that
    made a decent target. Except for the rainy
    season (too many mosquitoes) it was fine
    entertainment. For the rainy season, we made
    do with malarial fever for yuks.

    Many years later at King Richard’s Faire
    (a sort of SCA-ish but commercial operation
    near Cape Cod) I walked up to the booth,
    nailed three throws to the center of the
    target, collected the prize and walked on,
    then realized that it had been over 30 years
    since my last throw. It’s like riding a
    bicycle I guess, or something like that.

  29. Anonymous says:

    @#37 posted by Antinous / Moderator, June 4, 2009 7:47 PM

    Nice movie refernce… space something right? With the bugs :P

  30. freeyourcrt says:

    You think knife throwers are portrayed inaccurately in the media? Try gun owners.

  31. Keith says:

    I’m more intrigued by the conflation of knife throwing with armlessness. That’s just bizarre.

  32. FAC33 says:

    I’ve tried knife throwing (similar to #20, with my local SCA group). It’s not the easiest thing to pick up (of course, I throw like a girl…). Axes, on the other hand–did a lot better with those the first time round, and they also look cool whipping through the air.

  33. Phikus says:

    Just goes to show, it’s of little use to disarm a knife thrower.

  34. Takuan says:

    good story John, did you ever get dinner with it or were sticks and rocks just as good?

  35. dr says:

    Before the days of video games, the most popular after-school activity (at least in my elementary school) was mumblety-peg. (Second most popular: playing with mercury.)

  36. cavalaxis says:

    What, you mean everyone doesn’t have a knife throwing range in their garage? Huh.

    (I mean, I knew we were a little odd for hanging the zombie target over the water heater as a dry fire target.)

  37. midsentence says:

    Just had to chime in and say that Sante Sangre is my absolute #1 favorite film, to me it’s Jodorowsky’s best.

  38. klg19 says:

    Oh, man, The Unknown is one crazy fabulous film. The very young and fabulously sultry Joan Crawford co-stars as Estrellita. As in many of Chaney’s films, his character is deeply twisted right down to the core.

    You can Netflix it. I highly recommend it.

  39. gent says:

    Santa Sangre sounds amazing.

  40. windmill says:

    I think recommending knife throwing someone just because they are listening seems a bit harsh…

  41. The Lizardman says:

    I have done some knife throwing. I have worked professionally with knife throwers. I am friends with some well known knife throwers.

    With all due love and respect, knife throwers ARE strange people.

    Or, at the very least, strange people are drawn to knife throwing.

  42. nanuq says:

    That’s a little unfair. Crocodile Dundee did himself some knife throwing in that (otherwise forgettable) sequel to the first movie. For the record, knife throwing is flashy as hell but not very useful in an actual combat situation. It’s almost as bad as those idiots who throw their guns at people when they run out of bullets. You don’t give ammunition to your enemies.

  43. Takuan says:

    not so, you gain combat advantage by throwing a knife because if the opponent picks it up it gives you time to shoot him.

  44. Beanolini says:

    I think this may be the first time that ‘epicene’ has ever been used of darts players. Jocky Wilson is hardly be an androgyne.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Santa Sangre is indeed, amazing.
    Most of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s films are – particularly The Holy Mountain [which was financed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono].
    At one point he was slated to do the first Dune film, you should see the list of folks he had signed on for it – HR Giger doing the art, Salvador Dali playing Emperor Corrino, Pink Floyd music, Orson Welles to play Baron Harkonnen, Mick Jagger as Feyd-Rautha… It would have been epic. And he is working on a “metaphysical spaghetti western” with Nick Nolte, Udo Kier, and Marilyn Manson, playing a 600 year old black pope.
    But um, Knife Throwers, i’ve met a few, and though not murderers, they are certainly interesting and strange people, in a positive way.

  46. mercuryjones says:

    Another great movie involving knife throwing is “Girl on the Bridge” (1999 French “La Fille sur le Pont”) starring Daniel Auteuil and Vanessa Paradis. Great suspense in the knife throwing scenes, fabulous characters and there’s even a love triangle and some humor. Available with English soundtrack, highly recommended!

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