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WFKT Rules and Event Info


THE WORLD FEDERATION OF KNIFE THROWERS
The World Federation of Knife Throwers (WFKT) is a membership organization devoted to competitive knife and hawk throwing.

GOALS:
1) To foster sportsmanship through local, regional, national and world sanctioned competition.

2) To educate the non throwing public in the safe use of thrown implements through competition, lessons, and demonstrations.

3) To promote shared competition through affiliation with like organizations.

MEMBERSHIP:
The WFKT has an open membership policy for all persons interested in both competitive and recreational throwing.

SAFETY:
Respecting the inherent risk of thrown, bounced and/or deflected implements each member of the WFKT is expected to engage in behavior that protects themselves and others through the safe use and proper upkeep of their equipment.

COMPETITION STANDARDS:
WFKT standardized competition is designed to test a throwers overall ability to throw both knives and hawks for accuracy and distance. In the case of knives an additional speed event is included.

Overall knife throwing skill will be tested by the competitors ability to throw from both the handle and the blade from the one half through the double spin.

Knife spin/throwing distances are 8, 12, 15, and 18 feet for the 1/2 through 2 spin, respectively. To accommodate differences in both arm and knife length, participants may step up to, but not more than, 1 foot over the prescribed line.

Overall hawk throwing skill will be determined by the competitors ability to throw both half and full spins.

As handle length defines throwing distance in hawks, no minimal distances shall be set. Only legal equipment, (see "Definitions"), shall be allowed in competition.

Competitors may participate in any or all events. Overall champions will be determined by those participating in each of the individual knife and hawk events respectively.

DEFINITIONS:
KNIFE - A knife is defined as a flat piece of steel pointed at one end and blunt at the other. The knife may be handled or unhandled. There may be one or two edges.

Generally, knives will range between 12 and 16 inches; there is no minimum nor maximum length, however. Different knives may be thrown for each type of throw. A competitor is not limited to either one set or type of knife.

All half spins are thrown from the blade. All full spins are thrown from the handle.

Folding knives are not permitted.


HAWK - A hawk is defined as a throwing axe with a single cutting edge and a wooden handle. The maximum length of the cutting edge is 4". Generally, handles will range between 12 and 16 inches; there is no minimum nor maximum length, however.

Different hawks may be thrown for different spins. One piece all steel hawks are not permitted.

All half spins are thrown with the cutting edge initially facing away from the target and sticking with the handle upward.All full spins are thrown with the cutting edge initially facing toward the target and sticking with the handle downward.


TARGET - The official target of the WFKT shall be a 16" minimum round of pine (or other suitable material), squarely situated within which is a 12" horizontal black square box within which is a 6" horizontal white box within which is a 2" vertical (points up, right, down and left) red diamond at its center.

The outer most zone of the target shall be painted yellow. From the outermost part of the target inward each scoring area shall be:

1 point for a stick in the black
3 points for a stick in the white
5 points for a stick in the red.

The center red diamond shall be approximately 48" from the ground This places the entire 16" target between waist and shoulder height for a 510" individual.


SCORING - To score a portion of the cutting edge of the knife or hawk must penetrate the face of the target. A break in the outer most perimeter of the target is permissible so long as the cutting edge of the knife or hawk is shown to penetrate the face of the target.

A stick that cuts two scoring zones shall be awarded the higher of the two. A questionable stick will be backed out of the target by a tournament official for determination.

Any knife touched by a contestant prior to verbal scoring by an official of the WFKT will be considered void.


EVENTS:
Accuracy, Distance and Speed events will be conducted for the knife. Accuracy and Distance events will be conducted for the hawk. The "Overall" and "Individual" events for both the knife and hawk are inter-related and a matter of aggregate scoring.

OVERALL ACCURACY KNIFE - Three knives will be thrown into each of three separate targets and scored for the 1/2 spin, single spin, 1 1/2 spin and double spin.

This will be repeated 5 times for each spin. A total of 60 throws will be scored, (i.e., 15 each at the 1/2, single, 1 1/2 and double spins.)

The overall knife competition shall be the sum of the individual knife spins up to a double spin. The field will be rated from highest to lowest total score. Awards will be for the first three places.

INDIVIDUAL ACCURACY KNIFE - The individual knife competition shall be the sum of the scores at each of the separate spins up to and including the double spin. The field will be rated from highest to lowest total score. Awards will be for first through third place.

OVERALL ACCURACY HAWK - Three hawks will be thrown into each of three separate targets and scored for the single spin, 1 1/2 spin and double spin. This will be repeated 5 times for each spin.

A total of 45 throws will be scored, (i.e., 15 each at the single, 1 1/2 and double spins.)

The overall hawk competition shall be the sum of the individual hawk spins up to a double spin. The field will be rated from highest to lowest total score. Awards will be for the first three places.

INDIVIDUAL ACCURACY HAWK - The individual hawk competition shall be the sum of the scores at each of the separate spins up to and including the double. The field will be rated from highest to lowest total score. Awards will be for first through third place.

DISTANCE KNIFE - The distance knife event shall consist of "minimal" lines set at 25, 30 and 35 feet. The entire field of competitors shall throw three knives, one into each of the three separate targets from the first minimal distance and then repeat this one more time for a total of 6 throws.

Only those tied at the highest number of sticks shall advance backward to the next minimal distance, etc.

In the event of a tied number of sticks at the third minimal distance the field shall advance to the first minimal distance and repeat the process until a winner is determined by score, (i.e., where the knife cuts the target in each of the standard scoring zones.)

DISTANCE HAWK - The distance hawk event shall consist of "minimal" lines set at 25, 30, and 35 feet. The entire field of competitors shall throw three hawks, one into each of the three separate targets from the first minimal distance and then repeat this one more time for a total of 6 throws.

Only those tied at the highest number of sticks shall advance backward to the next minimal distance, etc.

In the event of a tied number of sticks at the third minimal distance the field shall advance to the first minimal distance and repeat the process until a winner is determined by score, (i.e., where the hawk cuts the target in each of the standard scoring zones.)

SPEED KNIFE - This event will be scored by a "Speed Ratio Index." Each competitor shall throw 3 knives for a 1/2 spin, retrieve them and throw 3 knives for a single spin, retrieve them and throw 3 knives for 1 1/2 spin.

The Speed Ratio Index will be determined by the target score divided by the time in seconds.


The title of "OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION" shall be awarded to the competitor who amasses the greatest number of points AND who competes in all events, (i.e., each of the individual knife and hawk events, the distance knife and hawk events and the speed knife event.)

Anyone with questions, comments, suggestions or particulars on the rules can contact:


David R. Adamovich, Ed.D., F.A.C.S.M. ("The Great Throwdini")
President, WFKT
876 Guy Lombardo Avenue
Freeport NY 11520
516-546-1425
throwdini@hotmail.com



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