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Anonymous asked: Speaking of knives and daggers, what about throwing them? Is there a difference? Can you explain?
The best knives for throwing are the ones that have been designed and properly weighted for it, you know, throwing knives. Knives that were created with the intention of being thrown. When throwing with a knife or dagger that is not for throwing, one must work to actively counter the uneven weight distribution to ensure that the pointy end goes into the target. Otherwise, it will harmlessly bounce off their chest. (It’ll hurt some, but hey, it’s their lucky day as you just gave them a knife!)
In the sub-spectrum of knives and daggers, it’s important to remember that there are many different kinds and each weapon has it’s own unique weight even ones that were forged to be identical or created by machines on an assembly line. So, every time a character throws a knife, they’re going to have to adjust to it’s weight and point of balance. If they are practiced at throwing, then they may do this automatically but it’s a good idea to give the nod anyway because it will lend a sense of realism.
Secondly and most importantly, despite it’s recent popularity as “the skill” in the YA genre, throwing a knife has very limited practical combat applicability. In the long run, the knife or dagger will be more useful to your character in their hand than it will be in some schmuck half-way across the room. The schmuck may be dead, but now your character has lost their knife. Depending on the setting they exist in, a well-crafted knife could be expensive and hard to come by. Even when using general throwing knives, every knife lost is one that they’ll have to replace and that can get expensive, fast. Most characters aren’t going to have time to go scouting through the bodies of the people they’ve killed looking to get their knives back and will view any knife they throw as an acceptable loss.
Unlike an arrow, which can’t really be used as a weapon (or makes a useful one) when not on a bowstring, a knife can be picked up by the enemy and used by that enemy against the knife’s previous owner. If you’re going to give your character knife throwing as a skill (but it’s weird when it’s knife throwing but not knife fighting), then this is an important concept to keep in mind.
Knife throwing can tell the reader that a character is comfortable with their knives, was possibly in a lot of situations where they were very bored with their knives, or they are living in a time period where they need to be able to conceal a ranged weapon and guns are not available. However, throwing knives is a tertiary skill, not primary one. You can’t really substitute archery for throwing knives and vice versa.
One of the qualities about the first Assassin’s Creed that I really liked was the mechanic of having to find new knives after I used up all the ones I was carrying. The game gave me two options: travel all the way back to the Assassin’s home base or pickpocket the local brigands. It was a nice nod to the fact that weapons do not self-replicate automatically and an important one to keep track of.
FWIW, I can knife-throw but not knife-fight. Then again, I learned for fun, which is a luxury someone in a fictional world may well not have.
One important consideration to add to the great info above. If you are a skilled knife-thrower, you can throw basically anything at all with a point or corner and enough heft not to be buffeted by the wind. Like, I can throw letter openers, nail files, actual nails, railroad spikes, dinner knives, forks, tent spikes, and on and on. They don’t even really need to be sharp, because remember that force = mass x acceleration, and if they’re heavy enough to fly straight when you throw them, then there’s enough mass there to let them sink home even with a dull point. (And for god’s sake, be careful when you’re throwing a knife with a sharpened edge; that’s so not as easy as it looks because the technique of throwing a larger knife involves letting the blade edge glide through your loose fist as you release it.)
It’s also been my experience that most skilled knife throwers learn to throw other-shaped objects as well. Like, I can throw throwing stars, roofing tiles, playing cards, even thin bits of shale or flint. There’s definitely a learning curve from knives to something like playing cards (especially b/c cards in particular are very likely to catch an up or down draft if you don’t throw them exactly right), but it’s a pretty small one.
Another thing to keep in mind is distance. A throwing knife, even a great big heavy one (like, my favorite throwing knives are 13 inches long and weigh about eleven ounces each), doesn’t go very far. Each individual thrower has a rotational range: the distance, specific to the thrower and to the knife they’re throwing, that it takes for a knife to make a single 360-degree rotation. You learn by practice what that distance is, and when you get really good, you can start to manipulate it a little by applying spin (which you never do otherwise; the knife spins on its own based on how it’s weighted). For a bigger throwing knife and someone about my height (I’m 5’6), it takes somewhere around 13 feet of travel distance for the knife to make a full rotation. So if I’m trying to hit something 13 feet away, I’m going to hold the knife by the handle when I throw it so it makes a full rotation and sticks point-first. For something 6 to 7 feet away, I’m going to hold the knife by the blade when I throw it, since it’s only going to rotate halfway around (see above re: care with knives with sharp edges). Most knives, in skilled hands, will not make more than three full rotations pretty much ever. Throwing further than that requires exceptional skill and a very heavy, aerodynamic knife. Which means the practical distance limit for most folks, with larger/heavier knives is about 42 feet.
On a smaller knife, like say a slim little 5” blade you might strap to your wrist, a full rotation might only be about 6 or 7 feet. Which means the furthest you can realistically expect to throw that knife is about 18 to 21 feet.
And lemme also add that throwing knives with any degree of accuracy is actually stupidly hard. It’s not even so much the aiming that’s problematic, it’s the spinning; it’s learning to throw exactly the same way every single time, putting absolutely zero spin on the knife as you release it, and releasing it at the exact precise moment to prevent you from driving it into the ground or over- or under-rotating it. A so-so knife thrower isn’t likely to run into too much trouble veering too far left or too far right; they’re going to veer too high or too low, and even more than that, they’re going to over-rotate and end up smacking their target with the wrong part of the knife. When I started throwing, I was already highly skilled and coordinated with my hands—I’d been juggling for ten years and was good enough to perform—and I still practiced ten to fifteen hours a week for probably close to a year before I could reliably even get the knife to stick. It took another year for me to be good enough at it to reliably hit a 2-inch-square target at up to 1.5 rotations. I could reliably hit center mass on a human torso at 2 rotations. At 2.5 rotations I might just miss you altogether. I never managed to land reliable sticks at 3 rotations even after throwing for years. So, not a casual skill.
Disabled Young Adult Seeking Help!
I’m 23, disabled, homeless, and I desperately need help to pay for my medication that is running out this week.My name’s Shayne (Shay). I’m trans*/non-binary, disabled, have zero income/financial support, a service animal, and I have no place to live right now.
I suffer from a number of disorders and syndromes including:
• Ehler-danlos syndrome
• cold urticaria
• adrenal insufficiency
• Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
• postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome
• poly cystic ovarian syndrome
• neuropathy nos
• major depressive disorder
I’m largely immobile and cannot work. Neither one of my biological family’s homes are a safe place for me to go. This is for a multitude of reasons.
I was promised to receive my share of an apartment deposit (total was $800) from my ex. Along with the payment for a parking ticket ($100) on my father’s car that they had gotten.
I was kind enough to understand financial stress and allow spread out payments.
When I had found out that they had been lying/cheating all 2.3 years we’d been together, they decided that “I didn’t deserve it anymore.” In addition to losing that money, I lost them and their family as my only support system.
I have no money apart from some pocket change. I’m currently living in a motel paid for by Salvation Army until Tuesday morning, and after that my service cat and I only have my car to live in.
Being in Wisconsin and sleeping in my car is dangerous because of the cold. Worse yet, something in my car is misfiring, meaning that until I can get it fixed with an electrical tuneup ($300 estimated), it’s practically useless and even more dangerous to live in.
To give you an idea of my expenses: my anxiety meds cost $1 flat through DHS, which is a blessing, but my pain medication is extremely important for me to have and runs around $89. My total cost of medications per month is around $175 and total cost of living is about $300, not including rent or personal items.
I’m asking Tumblr for help because I don’t know what to do until my disability determination is made, and that could take a very long time.
I thankfully have food stamps, but I need to find a way to keep paying for a place to stay that’s heated and safe, and most importantly, my medication. These past months have been extremely difficult and I need help.
I have a few friends from college willing to take my service animal and I in, but this would require my car fixed and all medications sorted out as they live across the country.
I’m willing to show my medical record, prove of income, anything to prove that this is genuine.
If you’re able to donate to help me, please, please message me.
I can now take PayPal donations at:
Any help is appreciated so much and once I am able to feel like I am in a safe and healthy environment; I am confident that I can win the fight against these illnesses. I promise that whatever happens; I will spend my time creating some sort of non-profit with the goal of helping young adults in similar situations.
Thank you again,
I’m running our of meds starting the day after tomorrow. Please anyone….
Okay you guys. Why are these notes so low? Are you seriously that fucking uninterested in saving a life? This guys needs help and came to tumblr asking for it. All you have to do is make to clicks to reblog and several more if you can donate. WE NEED TO GET HIM HIS PILLS.
If not anything else, at least help out to save his life. It seriously breaks my heart to see something so important as this have so little notes, yet a cat wearing a pair a fucking socks has thousands.
Com’on! Get this guy help, think of it if it was you!?
I’m concerned that your deleting this…