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The Great Throwzini Newsletter: Issue #2

by Scott Gracia
sgracia@wi.rr.com
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IN THIS ISSUE

1. What's New
2. Light Throwers- Part 1 of 4
by K.E. Sackett
3. A Great Knife Throwing Video
4. Supporting Our Sport
5. Contact Info/Reprint Guidelines
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1. WHAT'S NEW

Be sure to check out the WHAT'S NEW link to see
what we've added since our last issue. We have a few
new additions to tell you about...

http://www.throwzini.com

I thought it would be nice to get a page together on
Throwing Collections. So we can see what other people
are throwing and collecting. And now we have a new
"Collections" link. You can check it out on the WHAT'S
NEW page.

http://www.throwzini.com

We also have some new indoor target pictures from another
one of our faithful visitors!

As always, anybody who wants to show their throwers off can
send their pictures in, and we'll post 'em!

By the way, Im happy to announce that were now
accepting credit cards for all of our products.

http://www.throwzini.com

Thanks to everyone who submitted their pictures/info.

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GUEST COLUMN:

LIGHT THROWERS -- Part 1 of 4
by: K. E. Sackett

Where I grew up, winter puts an end to outdoor
knife throwing about October, and doesn't ease
up again until the middle of May.

Oh sure, you can throw outdoors if you really
want to; just don't drop one of your knives,
or it may vanish into a snow bank or, if the
ground is bare, snap from cold embrittlement.

Can't throw wearing mittens? Gosh, that's tough!

As a boy, during those long months when Wyoming
said Stay indoors, I kept in throwing practice
using a cardboard target and a handful of ordinary
icepicks.

This did my bedroom wall little good,
and got me into a certain amount of trouble with
my parents, but since then I've learned a thing or
two about light throwing setups.

It's time to define "light knife throwing."

By this term, I mean knife throwing at short
ranges with light, usually short weapons that
differ in design from conventional throwing
knives.

Because the throwing-tools are so light, targets
can also be light.

Light knife throwing is particularly suitable
for throwing indoors or wherever space is limited.

Light knife throwing has special advantages.

It's cheap to get started, since your throwing
weapons cost little or nothing.

It's simple to improvise a throwing range, since
distances are short.

It's easy to build targets. And it's easy to
transport your throwing setup.

Let's talk about weapons first.

LIGHT THROWING WEAPONS
Let's start with the lightest and work up.

ICE PICKS
The icepicks I used as a boy cost all of ten cents
apiece in Woolworth's. They had cheap cylindrical
handles of red-painted wood, they were maybe nine
inches long overall, and they weighed only four
ounces or so.

An accurate turn-and-a-half throw outdoors was just
possible, if there was no cross-wind.

They were hard to control in a full-turn throw
because most of the little weight they had was
in the handle.

Indoors, in the cramped space of my bedroom, a
half-turn throw was just right.

Nowadays, icepicks are made with short, stout handles
mounting a metal pommel cap for shattering icecubes.

(They don't cost ten cents anymore, either, but
that's a different story.) 'Picks of this design are
throwable, although the balance is so grossly
handle-heavy that they take some getting used to.

AWL
A heavier icepick-like device, sold to housewives as
a "hole-making tool" (that is, an awl), may still
turn up in your hardware store occasionally; look in
the housewares department.

This is a simple, robust tool about nine inches long.

The blade, which is about twice as thick as an
icepick's, has a round cross-section tapering to a
near-needle point.

The handle is a plain plastic screwdriver type.
As a light blade-thrower, this one is hard to beat.

SCREWDRIVER
The next step up in weight is obviously the sharpened
screwdriver. Old-timers like me feel a bit reluctant
to discuss this type of throwing device, because it
was once the weapon of choice among street hoodlums.

Nowadays, of course, the sharpened screwdriver has
been relegated to the Stone Age by Uzis and AKs, so
maybe an honest hobbyist can mention it without
feeling disreputable.

Any plastic-handled screwdriver (avoid wood handles;
they splinter) can be reground to a sharp point.

A Phillips-head screwdriver will require removing
the least metal.

A standard-head screwdriver can be sharpened
to a simple point (a "bodkin point" in the
language of swordmakers), or the flat portion of
the tip can be retained and simply ground thin to
form a sharp edge set at ninety degrees from the
centerline.

If the tip of the screwdriver has been broken at an angle
(I'm assuming you won't convert a new tool to throwing
purposes) you can sharpen it in such a way as to
conserve metal, locating the point off-center.

Any way you do it, a screwdriver eight to ten inches long
will stick when thrown with moderate force at the kinds
of target best suited to light knife throwing.

Part 2 of 4 continued in our next issue.

Article contributed by . . .
K.E. Sackett sackett@dbo.eng.wayne.edu
http://www.crl.com/~mjr/knife_lite.html

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If you have any questions about throwing that you would like
answered in one of our upcoming issues, simply send an
email to:
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SUPPORTING OUR SPORT
by: Scott Gracia

As much as I enjoy throwing my knives, it's hard to
find lots of other people that are interested in it. I have
a few friends who enjoy it but not too many.

If it were up to me... I'd have a knife throwing league!
Kinda like a dart or pool league. Only we might have to
get rid of the booze, insurance reasons ;-}

There are a few throwing clubs out there already. Like
the AKTA (American Knife Throwers Alliance), and
the PKT (Pacific Knife Throwers Alliance) to name a
few.

There are lots of benefits to joining these clubs.
Like a 10% discount on throwers from certain knife
makers, quarterly newsletters, patches, and
membership cards. Another benefit would be more
throwers out there! Which is just what the world needs!

If you're interested or want more information, check out
the Favorite Links page on The Great Throwzini website:

http://www.throwzini.com

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(Copyright 1999, Scott Gracia, The Great Throwzini.)

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Scott Gracia,
The Great Throwzini,
5321 4 Mile Rd.
Racine, WI 53402-9791
Phone 262-681-7942,
Email: sgracia@wi.rr.com
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