Note: This is an email interview with Shane from the YouTube channel “Fast Action Blades.” Shane was one of the first guys I made friends with on YouTube when I got into throwing knives, and he was my first follower on my knife channel, so it was a no-brainer to ask him to do the first interview on my knife throwing blog.
If you don’t already know Shane, he’s a cool guy (as you’re about to find out) and a good knife thrower (as you’ll see in his videos). I’ve had fun watching his videos and chatting with him, and I’m sure you will too!
Be sure to sub him on YT and say, “Hi” for me!
1. How long have you been into knife throwing? How did you first get into it? What were your first throwing knives? Do you still have those first blades?
I have been interested in knife throwing and anything martial arts and self-defense related for as long as I can remember. Probably since about age 7 or 8. I actually used to throw really cheap dollar store pocket knives at cardboard in my basement around the age of 8 or so (without any proper style or equipment). My first real throwers were no namers from a flea market that were purchased probably around the age of 18. I never even got to use them until about a year ago and I am now 34. That’s a long time to collect dust. I still have the set and they are pretty decent for short distance throws (1/2 spin and full spin). Anything beyond that range is a little iffy.
2. How did your family and friends react to your new hobby in the beginning, and what do they think about all of it today?
Family members thought that I was crazy at first and didn’t understand the enjoyment that I got from throwing bladed weapons. My parents are really supportive of it and I am trying to get my dad to throw with me more often (I think he’s starting to like it). Plus it’s an excellent way for us to bond. My wife is really cool about it as well, I keep coming home with new weapons and she hasn’t said too much about it. I am trying to get her to throw with me a little more as well. So it’s really just the wife’s side of the family that feels that knife throwing is “stupid” and “dangerous”. Oh well, don’t really care what they think. Ha Ha.
3. What knives were your favorites in the beginning? What knives are your favorites today? What knives are on your wish list? Do you have certain favorite knives for different throws, or are your favorites good for all kinds of throws?
My favorite knives in the beginning had to be Perfect Point which were around 9 inches in length. Since then I have stepped it up to 12-14 inch knives and now my favorites are the Cold Steel True Flight Thrower, Cold Steel Perfect Balance Thrower, Cold Steel Shanghai Shadow, and I recently picked up the 14 inch Condor Dismissal which I absolutely love. The knives that I would like to get are more of the Condor Dismissals as I only picked up 1 as a test. I want to get a couple knives from known knife makers such as Roger Mumford of EpicBladeTime, and a couple others like Joe Darrah and Rob Crozier. As for using different knives for different throws, I think the Cold Steel are great for spin throws, I think they are too sharp for throwing with no spin. I really like the condor as you can spin it, no spin it, overhand, underhand, even spear throw. Highly recommend the Condor.
4. How much money have you spent on this stuff so far (knives, targets, instructional materials, memberships/fees, etc)?
If I answer this, my wife might see it and get mad at how much I am spending on blades. I make my own targets so there is not much expense there, but I love to get new blades very often.
5. Have you ever competed? Any plans to compete in the future?
I have not had the chance to compete. Not many competitions close to where I live. I would love to compete and meet some great throwers but it is tough with my job and current family situation. I have been invited by fellow throwers to the world championships in Texas and I got an invite to the Cold Steel Challenge but I don’t think it will be possible to attend, at least this year.
6. How much do you throw per day or per week, on average?
I wish I threw daily, that would be awesome. I hear stories of guys throwing 5000 throws a day, I would be happy with a couple hundred. I probably throw on average of 2-4 hours a week which doesn’t feel like enough to me.
7. Do you make your own wood targets? About how long does a target board last you?
I do make my own targets, I made one for home and one that is portable that I keep in my trunk. In order for me to throw outside, I have to travel a good bit and hike out into the woods. It can be a bit of a pain but it’s worth it.
8. Did you ever hurt yourself — or anyone else — with your throwing knives? Ever damaged anything from a bad throw (or a good one hahaha).
I have hurt myself on a couple occasions with knives flying back at me, but it was my own stupidity. I like to think I can catch the knives when they bounce back in my direction. I stabbed my hand with one and cut a finger pretty good with another. Nothing major though. As for damaging other things, I have only damaged my own blades. I have taken a good chip out of the handle on my SOG Tomahawk, I have broken a knife by hitting the butt end of another, and I have broken another bowie knife that was not meant to be thrown. I think that’s it.
9. Are there any knife throwers that have had a big influence on you? Any heroes, mentors, or friends that you’ve learned from or been inspired or encouraged by?
Yes, Pat Minter and Roger Mumford have been a big influence. I love their throwing and I aspire to be as good as they are (good luck to me). I am pretty much self-taught but I watch these guys regularly which helps me learn new throws and gives me new ideas for original throws.
10. How did you come up with the name “Fast Action Blades”?
I uploaded some throwing videos on my other channel on youtube (greengetter), and someone gave me the idea to start a channel strictly for my throwing and blade activities. I thought this was a good idea but I needed a name that would go along with what I am doing. I think I thought about it for about 10 seconds and Fast Action Blades was the first thing that came to mind. I was surprised how fast I came up with the name but I thought that it suited me nicely. Then I went to make my avatar and my nickname FAB was born. It worked out very well.
11. Which of your own videos are your favorites? Is there one that you’re most proud of?
I like all of my videos, I think if you were to watch all my videos from the first one to the last, you would see a huge improvement. I do like my newer videos better as I don’t seem as nervous in front of the camera plus my skills have improved. As for a video that I am most proud of, I think my tutorials on how to throw and how to make a target as they are geared to help others improve.
12. Any tips or advice you’d be willing to pass along to those new to the sport?
I think persistence is key, if you are not sticking the knife, keep trying, it will happen. I have days where I can’t stick anything and I am sure that I am not the only one.
I would highly recommend reading “Knife Throwing: A Practical Guide” written by Harry K McEvoy. This is a great book for anyone looking to learn or improve their skills. It will teach you everything you need to know.
Thank you very much for interviewing me, it has been fun answering these questions and I hope we can do it again in the future.
Shane Meyer A.K.A. Fast Action Blades (FAB)