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The Great Throwzini Newsletter: Issue #6

by Scott Gracia
sgracia@wi.rr.com
http://www.throwzini.com

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. What's New
2. Knife Throwing - Mountain Man Style
by Mike Kolisch
3. 13.5" Professional Target Knives
4. Another Fun Game
5. Contact Info/Reprint Guidelines
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1. WHAT'S NEW

Hello everybody and welcome to Issue #6. Wow, issue #6!
Before I started this newsletter I was worried that there
wasn't enough information out there to keep this ezine
going for very long.

Boy was I wrong!

Every week I get all sorts of e-mail from fellow throwers
from all over the place! I would like to thank everyone who
is subscribing to this newsletter because without your
sharing of ideas and knowledge on this fine sport... 
I would of ran out of stuff to talk about after the 
2nd issue ;-}

Just kidding! My point is that when one of you makes a
suggestion or submission for the newsletter, it goes to
literally hundreds of other throwers all over the country.

Everybody benefits from it, and everybody appreciates it.

The free exchange of information! I know that this will
help promote the sport. If there is something that doesn't
seem appealing to you about throwing weapons, than maybe
something you learn from another thrower will spark that
burning desire to throw everything around you with a point!

Anyway,when I try to recruit my friends to throw knives with me,
a lot of times I get, "It's just not for me," or some other
excuse I don't believe ;) 

I just keep on digging. I know I'll find "something" that
they will like about it!

Speaking of this, I went to visit some old friends at a local
watering hole Friday night. I used to throw on a pretty
competitive dart league with these guys a few years back and
I started thinking, "They would love this stuff!" 

Throwing knives is just like throwing BIG darts! It's the
same idea... to hit a pre-determined area on your target,
(and then rub it in and razz your opponent when you beat
him or her). LOL 

I just have to convince my old dart buddies of this now. 
(That means you Neal, Gary, and Matt!) I got all of their
e-mail addresses Friday night and they are all subscribed to
this newsletter but they won't know it until they read this ;-}

A great bunch of guys who were unstoppable on the dart board
at times. But guess what fellas... I've got a new game for
you to try... and you can use my darts!

http://www.throwzini.com

Thanks to everyone that submitted their info/pics!!! 

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2. GUEST COLUMN:

KNIFE THROWING - MOUNTAIN MAN STYLE
by: Mike Kolisch

This is my first year throwing AKTA rules. I have been
throwing at Mountain Man Competitions for the last four
years.

There are several differences. The things that we have in
common are that we are all interested in the promotions of
SAFE knife and tomahawk throwing. We all enjoy the knife
throwing, competition and the camaraderie.

Keep in mind that all throws are not governed by any set
rules. The person in charge of the competition makes the
rules.

Here are some rules from previous events:

Competitors usually must be in primitive dress.
(Pre 1840's, Mountain Man Era.)

KNIVES
Knives must have a handle; it must be of a natural
substance. (leather, bone, antler or rawhide).

Knives are thrown by the handle. No half turns. Most
Mountain Man knives are also used as camp knives and
generally have a very sharp edge.

One knife is thrown and then retrieved. Knives are thrown
1 turn, 2 turns and some distance throws.

TOMAHAWKS
Tomahawks can only have a 4' cutting edge. No double bit or
spikes. The handle must be a natural material. No metal
handles. No taped handle. Although you can use leather or
raw ride. 

Tomahawks are thrown 1 turn, 1 turns, 2 turns and some
distance throws.

TARGETS
The target is usually a log end supported on a tri-pod. Or log
ends lying on the ground. 

GAMES
There are too many different types of throws to list so I will
explain a few:

1 - CARD
1 card is attached to the center of the log end.
The thrower has 5 throws. A stick in the block counts for
1 point, a cut on the card counts 2 points and a center cut
(not cutting out of any edge) counts 3 points.

CLOCK
5 cards are place on the log, 12,3,6,and 9 o'clock and in
the center. It is scored the same as 1 card.

DIAMOND
A card is place in the center of the block, a rubber band is
placed around the card in the shape of a diamond. The scoring
is 1 point for a stick outside the rubber band, 2 points for a
stick inside the rubber band, 3 points for a cut of the card
and 5 points for a center cut. Cut the rubber band and receive
no points.

WALK ACROSS
Thrower sticks the knife or hawk in the far most left side of
the block. A marker is placed at the point of the stick. All
of the following knives must stick to the right of the marker.
The one with the most sticks across the block is the winner.

TRAIL WALKS
A trail walks course consists of 5 to 10 targets. All targets
are at an undetermined distance. No stepping off. There is a
stake or marker set at a minimum distance. The thrower must
throw from behind the stake. Most targets simulate a mountain
man situation.

There are some major events being held. The bigger they get,
the better the money. One is the Rocky Mountain Championships. It is held in Creede, Co. $2000.00 total cash payback. A second one is the Texas State Championships, with the same amount of prizes.

For more information on these kinds of events, you can contact
me, or they will be updated on my web site.

Looking forward to meeting some of you throwers!

Article contributed by. . .
Mike (Ironpost) Kolisch
P.O. Box 431
Creede, Co. 81130
(719) 658-0420
mkolisch@yahoo.com 
http://www.ironpost.com

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3. RECREATIONAL KNIFE THROWING VIDEO

If you want to learn the insider SECRETS, TIPS and TRICKS that the masters use to hit their mark every time, then John Bailey's Recreational Knife Throwing Video is for you.

Here is a taste of what you'll get:

- 9 inexpensive target designs
- 11 demonstrations
- How to eliminate the most common throwing error
- Master grips, stances and throws

and so much more!

For a limited time, you can have the ultimate knife throwing video for only $19.95. By acting now, you'll save 33% off the regular price of $29.95

For a full description and ordering details, follow this link:

http://www.throwzini.com/tgt_video.html

AOL USERS LINK

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4. ANOTHER FUN GAME 

We recently received a submission from a thrower named Dick
Eadington. It is a great throwing game that has cheap,
renewable targets, is very competitive and is a great way
to sneak some practice in! 

So give it a try, change some existing rules, add new ones,
do whatever you want to with it. Just have fun!

SUPPLIES:

Deck of Cards
Knives
Safe Target

HOW TO PLAY:

Ten innings are played.

1. A card is drawn from the deck and attached to your target.

Values: 

Numerical Cards = Face Value
Jack = 11
Queen = 12
King = 13
Ace = 15

2. A player is allowed three knives per inning.

3. Three sticks - 5 points

4. Miss three sticks - minus 5 points

5. Cut the card with a stick: 1/2 value of the card rounded
up.

6. Clean stick (does not cut edge of card) - value of card
plus 3 free knives.

7. Cut large *pip - double the value of the card plus three
free knives and a new card. (*pipping out)

8. Cut small *pip - triple value of the card plus three free
knives plus new card.

9. Sudden death is played by the inning in the event of a tie.

(* The "pipping" is the suit displayed on the card.)

Submitted by:
Dick Eadington
jeet25@webtv.net

Thanks again Dick for the great game! 

To get some other fun ideas for throwing games be sure to 
check out:

http://www.throwzini.com

Or if you want to share a game of your own feel free to send it in!

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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 e-mail to:

sgracia@wi.rr.com

with QUESTION FOR NEWSLETTER in the Subject Line,
and your name and question in the body.

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(Copyright 2000, Scott Gracia,
The Great Throwzini.)

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