Reviewed 03/02/2013 by Miika
-Price Paid: $40.00
-Used for Other
-Owned for Greater than 1 year
These Colt knifes are made for throwing, not for survival/edc or so. Working on wood is rather tedious. So do not pick these up as your only knife.
These throwers are well balanced, the mid point is spot on between the blade and the handle. It's comfortably heavy (200g/7oz) and long (25cm/9.8"). It has very sharp point, the blade is about 5.4mm/0.212" at the thickest part.
Because this isn't ment for working with wood it isn't very sharp out of the box but sharpening it is quite easy. Even the rubberized handle feels comfortable and you get a good grip, it doesn't take many failed throws for the rubber to break (the steel in the handle breaks through). Luckily the rubber parts come off quite easily and you can replace it with paracord webbing.
The weight of a throwing knife is quite important; the lighter they are, they tend to 'float'. This floating effect is very visible when there's gusts of wind. Ofcourse if you have a very large and heavy knife, you'll need a bit more muscle to throw them.
This 200g is pretty ideal for beginners, these Colts dont float, they have enough hitting power to go through 1.5-2cm (0.6-0.8") board when thrown at 6m (20ft).
And some pointers to beginners:
Throw hard/fast but not at your maximum power when the aim suffers. Dare to throw, these knives won't break even when you hit a rock. Good starting distance is 3m (10ft). That distance (depends how fast you throw) is perfect for the knife to hit the target head on.
If the knife hits the board flat on, adjust your distance or throwing speed:
Flat, blade down or stuck on board handle upwards: Distance is too great or throwing speed to fast. Knife rotates just a little bit too much.
Flat, blade up or stuck on board, handle downwards: Knife hasn't had enough time or distance to rotate enough so step a little further or hold the handle a bit further back (makes the knife rotate a bit faster in the air).
This happens when you are at the mid point of throwing distance (5-15-25ft etc.) or you are throwing by holding the blade (dont do this bare hand!).
Throwing by holding the handle (right way) always add 10ft when you are moving further away from the target and then adjust the distance/throwing speed after one or two throws.