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The Great Throwzini
Newsletter: Issue #96

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

Number of Subscribers: 12,562+ Please help us grow by
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IN THIS ISSUE

1. What's New
2. Cheap Throwing Hawks - By John Craggs
3. Fundamentals of Knife, Hawk and Axe Throwing Video
by David Adamovich
4. Another Happy Customer - By Josh Ellison
5. Advertising Opportunities
6. Contact Info/Reprint Guidelines
7. Subscribe and Unsubscribe Information
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1. WHAT'S NEW

Good Morning Metal Flingers!

Man does the time fly once the weather starts warming up! Its been a fast 2 weeks and the temps are still giving it their all to "Bring the Spring". :-)

UPCOMING EVENT
2004 TEXAS STATE KNIFE AND HAWK CHAMPIONSHIPS
There is an upcoming "Mountain Man" event taking place in Malakoff, Texas scheduled for April 24th and 25th, 2004. To see the rules, prizes and registration info, just visit this page:

Texas State Knife and Hawk Championships!

LOCAL THROWERS
If you are looking for local people to learn from or just hang out with and throw sharp pieces of metal, then this is the place for you. You never know, there could be another thrower that lives right down the street!

Currently there are 185 throwers listed in 41 states, and 19 different countries! And more people are signing up all the time! Soon you'll be able to throw with someone where ever you go!

Follow this link for more details or to see if there are any throwers that live in your neighborhood:

LOCAL THROWERS.

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

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2. GUEST COLUMN:

CHEAP THROWING HAWKS
By John Craggs

The other day I saw some cheap and reasonably robust looking hatchets on a market stall (UK), very similar to the one I'd had some fun throwing until the handle split. At only three pounds (price, not weight) they seem too good to be true so I only bought one to see if it's up to the job.

The stall holder says he's selling them as fast as he can get them, but supply is pretty reliable. If it does the job well enough I'll buy myself another half a dozen and have a set of seven matched axes for 21, (about $40 dollars in round figures).

It weighs a pound and a half with a handle just a whisker under 14.5" and it stuck second time with a gentle lob for a half spin underarm throw at about 12 feet. (This thrown with the edge facing backwards at the start). After a few minutes I moved back for full spins, starting with the edge facing forwards. Yet again, nice solid sticks nearly every time.

The only problem with the edge forward throws is the shape of the handle. Because this axe is sold for chopping - not throwing - there is a contoured bulge on the end for security of grip. This tends to make it flick up during release compared to the edge backwards throws.

Rather than adapt my style I'm going to take a spokeshave to the handle and 'optimise' it for a smooth release. Once I'm happy I'll be back for the rest of the set.

The handles look like Ash rather than Hickory, but the way I see it I can't really lose. Even if they fail and I have to re-handle the lot (possibly with something a little longer and straighter) I'm still getting seven very usable axe heads for my money!

Contributed By:

John Craggs
Writer - Adult Tutor - Storyteller and All-round Rogue.
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Mail to: gyppo1@ntlworld.com (MSD SUB) as Subject.

Throwing tomahawks is an awesome way to spend a few hours or even an entire day if the "throwing gods" are smiling down upon you :-) Throwing full spins, half spins, cutting playing cards outlined by rubber bands, and of course, trying to crack your targets in half from 3 full spins... now THESE are fun things to do with tomahawks! :-)

To find out more about some great throwing tomahawks just visit this page:

Throwing Hawks.

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3. THE FUNDAMENTALS OF KNIFE, HAWK
& AXE THROWING VIDEO


The first video that teaches you EVERYTHING you need to know to get in on the fun of throwing. Learn the techniques that the pros use, all the rules and regulations for competition throwing, and also get a look at some of the The Great Throwdini's Professional Show!

Here is just a taste of what you'll get:

- Grips, stances, release and the correct way to follow through
- Target and backboard construction
- Crystal clear slow motion and frame by frame analysis
- 13 ways to throw an axe within a 6 foot area
- A handy 4 page pocket guide that covers throwing
records, rules and regulations for existing events
- 19 different stunts
- A knife that fires a .32 caliber blank

and so much more!

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Scott,

"The video is excellent! The production is very good and explains all the elements of throwing very well. Grips, stance, release, follow through, etc. are all precisely detailed."

"The slow motion action is excellent! It really helps you to see each and every step of the process. I found it to be very informative, plus there's lots of fun stuff, too!"

"After watching the video, I had a solid foundation on which to build upon. I highly recommend David's video to anyone interested in throwin' stuff."

Steve Parker
New York

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For a limited time, you can have the ultimate knife throwing video for only $24.95. By acting now, you'll save nearly 30% off the regular price of $34.95

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

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

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4. ANOTHER HAPPY CUSTOMER
by Josh Ellison

I just wanted to write to let you know I received my SKS Throwing Spikes in the mail this weekend, and wanted to say THANK YOU. These have the most natural balance of anything I've EVER thrown (and if it can be thrown, I've probably thrown it at some point...).

I'm 6'3", 250, and these are one of the few things I have thrown that I can really put all of my power behind without worrying about damage to the throwing object itself. I was able to penetrate these all the way through a " piece of particle board, and the " piece of high compression fiberboard I have behind it!

It basically felt like throwing a knife, but having the effect of throwing a sledgehammer! AMAZING! Thank you so much, as I've only had them for 24 hours and I've already enjoyed them immensely!

Sincerely,

Josh Ellison
Colorado

For more details about the SKS Throwing Spikes that Josh mentioned above, just clic the following:

SKS Throwing Spikes

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6. Copyright 2004, Scott Gracia, The Great Throwzini.

Reprint permission granted in part or whole when the following credit appears in full:

Reprinted with permission from Scott Gracia's The Great Throwzini Newsletter. You can subscribe to his newsletter and receive his 101 Free Knife Throwing Tips Info-Pak by visiting his Web site.

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Scott Gracia,
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St. Francis, WI 53235-4151
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