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What sort of material is best for the target? I guess wood would be best but what type? Is there a better material to use when learning?
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It depends on the knives you are throwing.

I do knives and axes, so I set up a large tripod with a cross section of a tree on it.

most softwoods will be good for throwing, you can also make a nice throwing "wall" out of pine two by sixes and just change them out when they get too chewed up.

Also you can use (but it won't last for nothing) stacked layers of cardboard and a whole lotta tape, or sheets of foam insulation.
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I got around to throwing the unfinished Dube' knives today. All I can say is what a difference from the Cold Steel. They seem to just coast right into the wood, where as the Cold Steel seem to just bounce off and crash with a deafining sound. The Dube knives are easier to throw. The points did, however bend quite a bit. Any advice on that? I ground one down on the ol' bench grinder, making sure of course not to make the metal too hot or discolor. (Thanks Nips and Facade)
Oh, I'm throwing into douglas fir.
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Ehh, it should stick, out of curiousity though, how thick are the dube knives?

Also if you are just bending your tips, try to straighten it out with a hammer and an anvil (or a thick piece of steel)

I haven't had a problem with my CS knives, but then again I throw fairly hard.
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The cold steel do stick, but the Dube ones are easier to deal with. You don't have to throw them hard at all. The CS need more force. They also feel better in the hand. The Dube ones look to be about 1/8 on an inch, but I'll have a more accurate measurement when I get home.
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Don't have an anvil? Get a short length of railroad railing... works in a pinch. Don't use a carpenters hammer though, go get a small 2 or 3 pound sledge hammer called a "drilling" or "welding" hammer. Or, just give it up to an experienced smith.
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How would one find an "experienced smith" in NYC?
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I don't know about NYC, but there sure as heck is a good one out in the philly area.

Can't quite remember his name though Smile
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Needledoc,
There are a few iron work places in Brooklyn and Queens. I'm sure in Manhattan too. Usually in the more industrial parts. I heard that Stephanie, the snake charmer at Coney is a 'smith'. Get in touch with her.
Or go to Philly.
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I still don't get it, what's the buzz about Philly?
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You know, I just realised that I forgotten to throw out a link to a bunch of guys that also throw knives online.

http://www.bladeforums.com

There is a sub forum for knife and axe throwing.

Also extra note to the wise, don't bring up Cold Steel, a lot of people like to bash on them because of their "Proof" videos.
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How do you "throw knives online"???? Smile

Sorry Stilt Boy couldn't resist it, it's the frame of mind I am in.

Thanks for the link.

What do you mean by "Proof videos"?
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"Proof video" meaning videos that CS puts out to prove how amazing their knives are.


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Oh that makes sense .....

now I pretend that I thought that was what it was all along.

No honest it really was!

Do these videos "cut away" at strange times and the knives suddenly appear 4 inches into the board? That kind of thing? Are they amusing to watch?
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No, usuially they wind up slamming the knives through cardoors, cardboard, plywood and meat just to show how awesome they are.

No cutaways nothing, And they also have a tourniment coming up http://www.coldsteel.com/cschall07.html I want to do it this year, but it's a heck of a long drive for me.


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