Are Small Throwing Knives Safer Than Large Throwing Knives?

No, they’re not.

Here’s why…

Small, lightweight throwing knives are likely to bounce back at you on bad throws against wood targets.  My son actually had one of those cheap 5 1/2″ Ridge Runner knives bounce back from a half spin throw and stab him in the cheek.  His 6″ Perfect Point knives also bounce hard.

But when we throw my big Cold Steel throwers — all of which are 12″ or longer and are pretty heavy — they don’t really bounce at all.

So yeah, it seems counter-intuitive, but large throwing knives are actually much safer than small throwing knives.


Hint:  To minimize bounce, always throw small knives (8″ and under) at cardboard targets or cardboard sheets laid over your wood targets.