Hey everyone, I wanted to do kind of a shoutout to some of the guys on YouTube that I follow, so I decided to link up some of their videos here in this post about knife throwing games.
When you first start out throwing knives, just getting them to stick in your target – anywhere in your target – is enough to put a smile on your face. But as you get better at throwing, sometimes you want to start challenging yourself, so a lot of guys play games like these as a way of developing their accuracy while having fun at the same time.
If you’ve been getting bored with simply trying to get bullseyes, then give some of these knife throwing games a try to break the monotony and take your skills to the next level.
Texas 3-Step – Mike “Alamo” Bainton
The “Texas 3-Step” was the first knife throwing game I ever learned about, and Michael Bainton is the first knife thrower on YouTube that I ever subscribed to. So it just makes sense to me to include him here.
Mike is an incredible thrower and a pretty awesome human being too. He’s the president of the International Knife Throwers Hall Of Fame and holds multiple world championship titles in knife throwing. Check out his YouTube channel. He’s got tons of knife videos, and you’re sure to learn something from the guy.
So the way you play the Texas 3-Step is that you’re going to throw 3 knives from your 1 spin distance, then 3 knives from 2 spin, then 3 knives from 3 spin. And each time you throw, you’re going to draw the knife from your sheath and throw. It’s not a quickdraw, there’s no rush — but it’s draw-and-throw…draw-and-throw…draw-and-throw.
So that’s it. It gives you a method and a routine and a goal. How many bullseyes can you hit out of nine throws?
Climbing The Mountain – Pat “The Machine” Minter
This is another Texas favorite from another world champion knife thrower – Pat Minter. It’s definitely not a game for beginners, unless your target is 6 feet tall like mine is =)
When climbing the mountain, the idea is to stick your knife as low on your target as possible on your first throw, and then move up slightly with each successive throw. If your knife sticks lower than your last throw, then you’re done (you’re supposed to be climbing UP the mountain…not sliding DOWN the mountain). So see how many sticks you can get before running out of room at the top (or defaulting by “tumbling down the mountain”).
After each stick, Pat shoves a golf peg in there to mark the spot that he has to beat on the next throw. Whatever works, right?
Hostage – Epic Blade Time
Roger came up with this one, and it’s pretty fun.
You’ll need two playing cards for your targets – perhaps a queen and a joker? Place them one in front of the other on your target board, with the rear card sticking out a little to the side.
So basically, the card in front is your hostage, and the one hiding behind the hostage is your target. See if you can take out the bad guy without hitting the hostage!
Sorry, but decapitating civilians will not be tolerated.
HighTower Fast Draw (6 Steps) – Redline Bo
I learned this one from Bo McNees, but Bo actually learned it from Canadian thrower Ward Wright. It’s kind of like the old time pistol duels, except you use a knife…and it’s just you.
Begin with your knife in its sheath and your back against your target board. Then, keeping your arms out at your sides, take six steps forward, counting out each one as you go. “One…Two…Three…” On your sixth step, quickly spin around while drawing your knife, and then just chuck that sucker at your target.
If you’re throwing with a friend, have him or her start a stopwatch on “Six” and stop it the instant your knife hits the target. The fastest time wins (assuming you both stick the target).
You may need to practice and adjust your stride a little to find your proper 6-step distance. Since you’re drawing from the handle, that’ll likely be a 1-spin throw, pardner.
Knife Tag – Empty Threats 42
This next game is actually more of a YouTube community thing, started a couple weeks ago (late June 2013) by youtuber EmptyThreats42.
What he did is he set up three targets with the name of a fellow YouTube knife thrower as the bullseye on each target. Then he threw a knife at each one from a 1-spin distance, and whoever he stuck…that person was “it” and would then do the same thing by making a “Knife Tag” video on his own channel. Well, ET42 is a good thrower, so he stuck all three – FastActionBlades, RedlineBo, and EpicBladeTime. Those three guys then went on to do their own “knife tag” videos.
One twist to make it more challenging…when you get tagged, try to use a different distance than the previous guys. So ET42 did 1 spin, Bo did 3 spin, FAB did 1.5 spin, I think Hathegkla is gonna throw no spin at a 2 spin distance, etc…
Check out my “Knife Tag Game” post under the COMMUNITY section (in the sidebar) for links to all the knife tag videos.
What’s Your Favorite Knife Throwing Game?
How about you? Do you have any favorite real-life throwing knife games? Link up in the comments section below!