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10 Best Throwing Knives of 2021 (Reviewed)

10 Best Throwing Knives of 2021 (Reviewed)

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    The only thing in the world more satisfying than a good pocket knife is a good throwing knife. Throwing knives are ridiculously fun to carry and master, plus they’re just fun to have around. A good throwing knife is going to be sharp (or easy to sharpen), sturdy, well-balanced, and easy to transport. Whether it’s for target practice or silent hunting takedowns, you’re going to need a throwing knife that isn’t going to tap out on you after a couple of throws!

    In a hurry? Here’s the test winner after 10 hours of research:

    Overview
    Whetstone Cutlery 12 Piece Set of S-Force Kunai Knives with Carrying Case, Black/Green, Model Number: 25-9044
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    Whetstone Cutlery 12 Piece Set of S-Force Kunai Knives with Carrying Case, Black/Green, Model Number: 25-9044
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    Whetstone Cutlery 12 Piece Set of S-Force Kunai Knives with Carrying Case, Black/Green, Model Number: 25-9044
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    Whetstone Cutlery 12 Piece Set of S-Force Kunai Knives with Carrying Case, Black/Green, Model Number: 25-9044
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    $18.48
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    10 Best Throwing Knives - Overview

    Here are the top 5 picks (keep scrolling for more details and picks 6-10).

    Overview
    Whetstone Cutlery 12 Piece Set of S-Force Kunai Knives with Carrying Case, Black/Green, Model Number: 25-9044
    SOG Fling Throwing Knives- 3 Pack Balanced Throwing Knife Set with 2.8 Inch Steel Blades and 7 Feet Paracord Wrapped Handles- Black (FX41N-CP)
    Magnum 02MB162 Bailey Throwing Knife Set, Steel
    SOG Throwing Knives with Sheath 3 Pack Balanced Throwing Knives Set w/ Paracord Knife Handles and Professional Throwing Knife Sheath (F041TN-CP)
    BladesUSA RC-595-3, Throwing Knife Set with Three Knives, Black Blades, Steel Handle, 5-1/2-Inch Overall
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    Whetstone Cutlery 12 Piece Set of S-Force Kunai Knives with Carrying Case, Black/Green, Model Number: 25-9044
    SOG Fling Throwing Knives- 3 Pack Balanced Throwing Knife Set with 2.8 Inch Steel Blades and 7 Feet Paracord Wrapped Handles- Black (FX41N-CP)
    Magnum 02MB162 Bailey Throwing Knife Set, Steel
    SOG Throwing Knives with Sheath 3 Pack Balanced Throwing Knives Set w/ Paracord Knife Handles and Professional Throwing Knife Sheath (F041TN-CP)
    BladesUSA RC-595-3, Throwing Knife Set with Three Knives, Black Blades, Steel Handle, 5-1/2-Inch Overall
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    $18.48
    $39.89
    $48.43
    $44.94
    $10.28
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    Whetstone Cutlery 12 Piece Set of S-Force Kunai Knives with Carrying Case, Black/Green, Model Number: 25-9044
    Title
    Whetstone Cutlery 12 Piece Set of S-Force Kunai Knives with Carrying Case, Black/Green, Model Number: 25-9044
    Price
    $18.48
    Rating
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    Overview
    SOG Fling Throwing Knives- 3 Pack Balanced Throwing Knife Set with 2.8 Inch Steel Blades and 7 Feet Paracord Wrapped Handles- Black (FX41N-CP)
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    SOG Fling Throwing Knives- 3 Pack Balanced Throwing Knife Set with 2.8 Inch Steel Blades and 7 Feet Paracord Wrapped Handles- Black (FX41N-CP)
    Price
    $39.89
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    Magnum 02MB162 Bailey Throwing Knife Set, Steel
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    Magnum 02MB162 Bailey Throwing Knife Set, Steel
    Price
    $48.43
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    SOG Throwing Knives with Sheath 3 Pack Balanced Throwing Knives Set w/ Paracord Knife Handles and Professional Throwing Knife Sheath (F041TN-CP)
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    SOG Throwing Knives with Sheath 3 Pack Balanced Throwing Knives Set w/ Paracord Knife Handles and Professional Throwing Knife Sheath (F041TN-CP)
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    $44.94
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    BladesUSA RC-595-3, Throwing Knife Set with Three Knives, Black Blades, Steel Handle, 5-1/2-Inch Overall
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    BladesUSA RC-595-3, Throwing Knife Set with Three Knives, Black Blades, Steel Handle, 5-1/2-Inch Overall
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    $10.28
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    1. Whetstone Cutlery 12 Piece Set of S-Force Kunai Knives

    Keep it simple. This set of throwing knives is plain and serviceable. If you’re looking for something that isn’t going to put up a fuss and cause you a headache during the learning process. They’re also going to be easy to get a grip on with the paracord wrapped around the handles. This set of 12 is also excellent for beginners because you won’t be running back and forth retrieving knives all day.

    They come with a velcro nylon carrying case. They’re easy to travel with be it into your home and out into the back yard, or packed away in your bags and taken out on a hike so you can practice out in the wilderness on nature’s hardwood targets. These are a great set of knives for a beginner, you’ll have a lot to start with so you can get into it with some friends or spend an extended uninterrupted period of time practicing on your own.

    If these knives chip and dull from use, you’ll have lots to practice your whetstone work with, and if you end up outgrowing them, your investment will not have been a waste. You’ll learn a lot from these throwing knives. You’ll learn it quickly and you’ll have an easy time making it happen.

    PROS

    • Great for beginners
    • Cost-effective, and fun to use

    CONS

    • Not as sturdy or heavy as more expensive throwing knives

    2. SOG Fling Classic Throwing Knives Set with Sheath

    SOG Fling Throwing Knives- 3 Pack Balanced Throwing Knife Set with 2.8 Inch Steel Blades and 7 Feet Paracord Wrapped Handles- Black (FX41N-CP)
    • 3-PACK THROWING BLADES KIT: Perfect practice throwing knives for those who throw often and hard; use as professional throwing knives and get even more value per throw than pricier knife sets.

    These full tang throwing knives are an excellent addition to any enthusiast’s collection. They’re simple and easy to wield without sacrificing quality or longevity. They’re nearly ten inches long, so they’ll be a great fit in your hand. The longer length makes counting rotations much easier, and if you’re practicing no spin techniques, these knives are perfectly machined for a wealth of throwing techniques from traditional to freestyle.

    They come with a comfortable nylon sheath. You can strap this to a bag or your belt easily without worrying about the knives jabbing into your things or falling out during travel. The paracord around the tang of these knives is great for maintaining a solid grip, or maybe you’re looking for something that will carry your paracord while you’re packing things up to hit the trails. Either way, you’re in luck.

    PROS

    • SOG throwing knives are easy to maintain, and you can send them in for repair if there’s a technical defect
    • The nylon sheath is easy to wear and great for transportation

    CONS

    • If your throwing technique isn’t up to snuff these might break when hitting a target

    3. Magnum Bailey Mini Bo-Kri Knife

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    Magnum 02MB162 Bailey Throwing Knife Set, Steel
    • 3-piece knife throwing set constructed of 420J2 stainless steel

    These mini bo-kri knives are perfect if you’re looking for a compact set of knives. They’re not wrapped with paracord on the handle, and their construction is practically made for stacking. These knives are going to slide into a neat stack inside of their sheath. The sheath is a high-quality carrying case that’s a perfectly designed home for the trio of uniquely shaped knives.

    The material of the knives is sturdy. You’re going to have an easy time burying these into your targets as long as your aim is true. If you’re going to a throwing club and you’re worried about them not being built to that club’s specifications, then worry no longer. These are built to meet throwing club requirements, so if you’d like to bring a set of these bo-kri buddies along with you

    PROS

    • Long and lightweight, just like you want from a good set of throwing knives
    • Great for throwing clubs 

    CONS

    • The points of these knives are prone to chipping

    4. SOG Throwing Knives with Paracord Knife Handles

    SOG Throwing Knives with Sheath 3 Pack Balanced Throwing Knives Set w/ Paracord Knife Handles and Professional Throwing Knife Sheath (F041TN-CP)
    • 3-PACK CLASSIC KNIFE THROWING SET: Perfect practice throwing knives for professional throwing knives or competition throwing knives users; target any bullseye with balance and precision

    These knives are made with 420 stainless steel. That’s going to make them harder and more resistant to corrosion than their lesser counterparts. These are great throwing knives if you’re going to be practicing with them often. If you’re a more serious knife thrower, then you’re naturally going to need more sturdy knives than a beginner. Hours and hours of practice demand knives that are going to hold up under that pressure and these are going to cut it (pardon the pun).

    These knives are also balanced with their paracord handle in mind. If you’re partial to holding a full tang throwing knife in your bare hands, rather than having the paracord come between you and your steel, then you can remove it without worrying about drastically altering the point of balance in your knives. 

    They come with a pretty simple nylon carrying sheath, just strap them in with the velcro and attach them to your belt or a bag, then you’re off to the races. SOG knives are built to accommodate a wide range of different throwing styles. You can freestyle with these knives without worrying that you’re handicapping yourself by using a knife that isn’t built to handle your technique.

    PROS

    • Great for throwing with or without the paracord handles
    • Accommodating to a wide range of throwing styles
    • The nylon sheath is great for carrying these knives anywhere you go

    CONS

    • The unique tang might feel awkward

    5. Perfect Point RC-595-3 Thunder Bolt Throwing Knife Set with Three Knives

    These throwing knives are a little bit on the smaller side, but if you’re all about precision and challenge, you might love these knives more than any other you’ve come across. The 5.5-inch design of these knives will create a higher rate of rotation over a longer distance, but mastering these knives is immensely satisfying. It’s also worth mentioning how sleek these knives look. The drop point of the knives combined with the black coloring of the blades and the serrated edges towards the tang come together to make a good-looking knife.

    The laser cuts on the knife will allow you to tie a ribbon around the end to identify them after you’ve released them from your hands or to make retrieval much easier. They come with a simple nylon sheath that’s perfect for the knives and attaches easily to a belt. You can fit these easily in your camping gear or around your arm with the elastic on the sheath.

    PROS

    • Great for enthusiasts that want to master their craft
    • They look great and perform just as well

    CONS

    • On the smaller side, so if you’re having trouble learning, these might not be for you

    6. Cold Steel 9733 80PGTK GI Tanto

    This one is a little different. This 0155 carbon steel knife is designed to cover every single one of your outdoor needs. It’s an incredibly light and durable knife meant to come along with you everywhere. If you’re camping, hiking, or just getting some work done around the house and you need a knife that can cut through most of your obstacles, then you’re going to want this one by your side. 

    Its weight and strength make it an excellent throwing knife as well. The 1055 carbon steel is light and durable, and if you’re going to be jamming it into targets, that’s exactly what you want. This knife flies just as true and balances just as well as the full tang throwing knives out there. The hard spring temper and the rust-resistant black finish make this a practical and long-lasting knife that you can depend on for years.

    PROS

    • Great for more than just throwing
    • The tactical design makes it versatile and great for every situation

    CONS

    • This isn’t a full tang knife, so you might need to get used to throwing it by the blade, depending on the distance of your practice targets

    7. Aeroblades 6PC 5.5" Throwing Knife Set with Pouch

    This six-piece set is lightweight and great for throwing. The knives are made from 440 stainless steel. They may be light, but that doesn’t mean that they’re cheap or fragile. The 440 steel is going to hold up to the punishment inherent to being a throwing knife, and they’re not going to dull themselves after a handful of tosses.

    The set of aeroblades comes with a nylon sheath for easy access if you’re on your feet and practicing at a range with targets spread all around or making your way through the woods. These throwing knives are great for beginners. Because they’re light you’re going to have to throw them with a spin. You’re going to learn a lot about wind resistance when practicing with these throwing knives.

    After taking your first forays into knife throwing you may want to upgrade to a heavier or longer knife, but these aren’t going to be worn down with a little bit of regular practice. Buying these throwing knives is a great investment in the craft, and you’ll be able to hang onto them for a very long time.

    PROS

    • Light and easy to carry
    • Great for beginners
    • The 440 steel is sturdy and will last you a very long time

    CONS

    • These knives are a little too light to throw without a spin, so these are going to give you a hard time with freestyle throwing 

    8. Perfect Point RC-1793B Throwing Knife Set

    These throwing knives are a little closer to a traditional pocket knife than a dagger-style throwing knife. If you’re looking for a throwing knife that fits a certain aesthetic, then maybe these are the ones you’re looking for. They’re made from durable stainless steel, coated with a black finish, and laser cut on the end to make room for a simple ribbon. This makes them great learning or honing your craft. The ribbons added onto these knives can help create a little drag so your aim can be a little more true.

    The drop slope on these knives still creates a dagger-style tip so you’re going to be burying your knives into your targets just like a regular throwing knife. You won’t be sacrificing function at the altar of form if you decide to go with these knives. The sheath for these knives is a simple nylon affair with a velcro strap. The lack of any paracord on the tang makes them easy to stack and easy to retrieve from your belt if you’re practicing something like your quick draw.

    PROS

    • The simple pocket knife style doesn’t detract from the functionality of these knives
    • Lightweight and easy to work with

    CONS

    • These knives dull quicker than others made from a stronger grade of steel

    9. Smith & Wesson SWTK8CP Six 8in Stainless Steel Throwing Knives

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    Smith & Wesson SWTK8CP Six 8in Stainless Steel Throwing Knives Set with Nylon Belt Sheath
    • Dimensions: 8 inch (20.3 centimeter) length with an individual weight of 4.7 ounces and an overall weight of 1 pounds 12.2 ounces

    These Smith &  Wesson throwing knives are simple and get straight to the point. They’re lightweight, perfectly balanced and they’re going to last you a long time. Their full-tang design makes them easy to hold and easy to customize. If you have a length of paracord and wanted to spruce these up with a handle with more grip, you’re empowered to do so. If you have a little bit of ribbon you wanted to add to your knives, the slit in the tang will accommodate that as well with very little adjustment required.

    These knives are made with 2Cr13 stainless steel. This stell has a very high hardness, so you’re not going to be throwing bent or dull knives after your first few sessions with them. They’re dependable and fun to work with. The knives aren’t too heavy, but they’re also not so light that you’re going to be breaking your back to get them into your target. They’re just right and ready to go right out of the box.

    PROS

    • Very simple knives that are going to function just like you expect them to
    • The  2Cr13 steel is great for something that’s going to be taking on the kind of impact a throwing knife has to be ready for

    CONS

    • If you’re looking for something flashy, these are going to seem plain in comparison to others

    10. 7.5 Inches Hunting Knives Silver Double-Edged Blades

    Throwing Knives Set with 6 Knives 7.5 Inches Hunting Knives Silver Double-Edged Blades and Stainless Steel Handles Outdoor Survival Throwing Knives with Nylon Sheath for Recreation and Competition
    • 【Multi-Purpose】 Our balanced throwing knives is perfect for wild exploration, field trip, camping, hiking, adventurous outing and other outdoor activities. A Ideal tool for outdoor sports...

    Not many throwing knives have a sheath to write home about, but the sheath these blades come packaged with is an excellent detail that puts the head and shoulders above others. Usually, you’re working with a velcro situation when you’re getting a sheath, but this sheath buttons down into place. That means you’re going to be getting the same closing action every time. It also means you won’t be fumbling with matching together some narrow straps when retrieving them or putting them away.

    The craftsmanship and attention to detail extend from the sheath and into the knives as well. These are great for recreational throwing or for use as a camping tool when you’re in a pinch. They’re sturdy enough to act as a lightweight hammer if they happen to be the closest thing in reach, but they’re light enough for effective marksmanship when you’re trying to pin down the bullseye of your practice range.

    PROS

    • The sheath is great, the button closure makes it easy to work with
    • The knives are durable and they fly true

    CONS

    • The small hole on the end can be used for a ribbon, but it might be hard to thread it through

    Our Winner

    Overview
    Whetstone Cutlery 12 Piece Set of S-Force Kunai Knives with Carrying Case, Black/Green, Model Number: 25-9044
    Title
    Whetstone Cutlery 12 Piece Set of S-Force Kunai Knives with Carrying Case, Black/Green, Model Number: 25-9044
    Price
    $18.48
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    Overview
    Whetstone Cutlery 12 Piece Set of S-Force Kunai Knives with Carrying Case, Black/Green, Model Number: 25-9044
    Title
    Whetstone Cutlery 12 Piece Set of S-Force Kunai Knives with Carrying Case, Black/Green, Model Number: 25-9044
    Price
    $18.48
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    All around we love the 12-piece set of special forces kunai. You’re going to be getting a lot of bang for your buck with this set. It’s great for beginners for a wealth of reasons. The loop on the end makes it easy to attach a ribbon to them if you feel like you need the extra wind resistance, they’re light enough to throw without fatigue or frustration while having the perfect amount of weight to get the knives into your target without the pinging off of the wood you’re aiming at.

    The paracord grip and the distinctive kunai loop are also going to give you a better grip when you’re learning. Most throwing knives are single pieces of sharpened steel without a true handle, so they can be a little narrow, especially for beginners. Having so many in this set means you have the room to make mistakes early on without running your supply of knives. Many sets of throwing knives will only give you three or so to work with, the assumption here being that you’re purchasing them after having accumulated a certain amount of knowledge.

    Bonus Tip: A lot of these knives have an attachment point for a light rope so you can retrieve them after you’ve thrown them. If you want to draw out the most from your throwing knives, here’s a tutorial for throwing them accurately without adding a spin!

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    Riley Draper is a writer and entrepreneur from Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a world traveler, he has been to more than fifty countries and hiked some of the most elusive trails in the world. He is the co-founder of WeCounsel Solutions and has published work in both national and global outlets, including the Times Free Press, Patch, and Healthcare Global. When he's not writing, he's probably on a hiking trip or climbing in the mountains.

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