In order to enjoy the sport of knife throwing, it is important to have a good knife. There are many throwing knives to choose from, but they are not all of the best quality.
Honestly, I prefer Cold Steel’s throwing knives, made from tough 1055 carbon steel. Those are the most durable throwers you’ll find on Amazon. So I’m starting this list with those. They are the best you’ll find on Amazon. Period.
But those knives are big and heavy and go for over 20 bucks each, and a lot of people just want to start out with something smaller and more affordable. Or, some guys just prefer shiny knives instead, and the Cold Steel knives are not shiny at all (they’re a flat black). So I’ve included several good stainless steel throwers on here too.
I’ve already reviewed the Cold Steel knives in several posts on this site, so I won’t take up too much space rehashing those reviews here. You can check them all out in the sidebar. Instead, I’ll talk more about some other knives that are worth checking out.
NOTE: In case you’re wondering, the True Flight is about the best-rated throwing knife on Amazon…not just the best Cold Steel knife, but the best of ALL the throwing knives. I love mine, too, and I can tell you that you won’t be disappointed with it.
All the Gil Hibben knives made by United Cutlery are very good knives (not just the ones I’m listing here, but all of them are good), but since they’re made from stainless steel, again…they’re more susceptible to bending and breaking if you throw against hard wood 2×4 targets. Just keep that in mind. Use log rounds if they are available to reduce the likelihood of damaging your knives. Since I don’t have easy access to log rounds, I pad my wood target board with some layered cardboard sheets whenever we use our stainless steel throwers, and that helps the tips last longer.
Below is a list of some of the best throwing knives for sale on Amazon that will fit a wide range of budgets.
Cold Steel True Flight Thrower
Cold Steel Shanghai Shadow Knife
Cold Steel GI Tanto
Cold Steel Sure Balance
Cold Steel Pro Balance
Cold Steel Perfect Balance
United Cutlery GH2033 Gil Hibben Competition (large)
The Large Competition thrower is another great throwing knife by Gil Hibben. It is significantly larger than the Pro Throwing Combo knife, measuring a full 12 ¼ inches. The knives are constructed as one piece from stainless steel. The International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame inscription is engraved on the blade. The handle is ergonomically designed to maximize your throwing accuracy, a very important requirement for a competitive throwing knife. These knives come as set of three with a genuine leather sheath.
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Dubé Throwing Knife
The Dubé Throwing Knife has all the features of a good throwing knife: balance, good length, and adequate weight. This knife can be thrown from either the handle or the blade. This sleek-looking double-edged blade is made of corrosion resistant stainless steel. A tab near the handle provides a guide for your fingers. The sheath is made of a heavy-duty black nylon with riveted corners and lashing holes.
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Gil Hibben Pro Throwing Combo 2 Piece 8 ¼
These silver-colored throwing knives designed by master knife maker Gil Hibben are sure to catch your attention. The Gil Hibben Pro Throwing Combo 2 Piece is made of 420J2 steel that makes them highly resistant to corrosion while keeping the price low. The knives are 8 ¼ inches long and 3/16 inches thick. These throwing knives come with a genuine leather sheath.
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Browning 122BL Throwing Knives
The Browning 122BL Throwing Knife comes as a set of three. This is the recommended number of throwing knives to use at a time, since it is much more effective in improving your aim to have three strikes to judge rather than having to go get the knife after each shot. The Browning 122BL Throwing Knife has a high-quality 440 C steel blade with a black satin finish. The length of the entire knife is 8 ½ inches. The nylon sheath has a pocket clip.
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United Cutlery GH2011 Gil Hibben Gen.2 Large Triple Throwing Knife
Gil Hibben comes through again with another knife from the Pro Thrower line. United Cutlery GH2011 Gil Hibben Gen. 2 Large Triple Throwing Knife is a one-piece tempered steel construction with a trigger grip design that ensures an accurate release each time. This knife comes as a set of three and has an ergonomic handle. These knives will stand up to throw after throw. The knife’s entire length is 8 5/8 inches long with a single-edged blade. The United Cutlery GH2011 Gil Hibben Gen.2 Large Triple Throwing Knife comes with a leather sheath.
Cold Steel Torpedo
Thought we’d throw in something a little different, here. The Cold Steel Torpedo looks like its name, with its sleek design and tapered ends. The Torpedo weighs two pounds and flies like a bullet. Because of its weight, the Torpedo can deliver twice the force of a conventional throwing knife. When thrown with accuracy, the Torpedo can provide lethal penetration to animals as large as coyotes. The Cold Steel Torpedo’s double-pointed ends make a hit twice as likely. The Torpedo is made from cold rolled 1055 Carbon steel. Because it is zone heat treated, the Torpedo has enough strength to pulverize a concrete block. At 15 inches, the Torpedo is one of the longest throwers on the market.
Ninja Stealth Silver Throwing Knives
The single-edged Ninja Stealth Silver Throwing Knives are surprisingly good knives for beginners. The blade is sharp, and they stick well in their target. The gently curved handle has a nice, smooth spine that won’t throw off your no spin throws. While these knives are not as high-quality as some, they are an inexpensive option for those who are just starting out and aren’t sure if knife throwing is for them. The Ninja Stealth has a 2 ¾-inch blade and is made of 100 percent 440 stainless steel. The set of three comes with a black nylon case.