Trying to come up with a useful method of calculating each of these knives’ tactical value was difficult, primarily because the characteristics that make for a good throwing knife often conflict with the characteristics that make for a good tactical knife. My method may not be satisfying to everyone, but I tried to be objective about it, and I think that it does provide some usefulness.
Calculating “Tactical Value” on this site’s Ultimate Guide To Tactical Throwing Knives chart.
I used the following 10 characteristics to assign each knife a tactical value between 1 and 9 (not 10…9, because criteria #5 and #9 are in conflict with each other, making 9 the highest possible score). It was basically a “yes or no” system with a point given for each “yes.”
- Damage (thrown) — if knife weighs 6 oz. or more, it gets a point. Lightweight knives aren’t likely to do much damage.
- Damage (handheld) — if blade length is 4 in. or more, it gets a point. Very short blades won’t typically do much damage.
- Balance (thrown) — if the knife is well-balanced at or near the midpoint for consistent throws, it gets a point.
- Balance (handheld) — if the knife is evenly balanced or slightly handle-heavy, it gets a point. Blade heavy knives can be awkward and get no points.
- Concealability — knives 10 inches or less are easier to conceal for everyday carry.
- Durability — stainless steel bends and breaks more easily than carbon steel. So no points for the stainless steel blades.
- Grip — throwing knives with wrapped grips or handle scales are easier to grip for handheld use. No grip…no points.
- No-Spin — Rotational throwing in a tactical situation is not ideal, so knives with straight, smooth handles that easily accommodate no-spin techniques earn a point.
- Long Range — small, lightweight knives are hard to throw accurately at longer distances, so knives with overall length of 12 in. or more and weight of 8 oz. or more got an extra point.
- Multiple Knives — let’s face it. Even if you throw your knife and stick it perfectly, you’ll still want another knife in your hand. So knives sold in sets of 2 or more get a point.
Back to THE CHART…