how is one to throw a knife

How do you throw a knife properly , using various knives such as flat knives and other types like the one army style bowie knives.

I spent a few hours watching cheesy HK gangster films and everybody threw them in different ways , sometimes between
two fingers from the side or from below or from above flinging motion , sometimes with spin sometimes without heh and in extreme show off super man style they threw the knife only slightly into the air and then did a round house kick on it. Anybody have any ideas?

This depends way too much on the type of knife being used, the reason for throwing the knife and personal preference to be anserwed simply. I’ve successfully thrown knives virtually any way you can think of, including my personal favourite with the point in the palm and the handle hidden along the forearm. Basically use whatever works for you, but kicking knives is a definite no-no. Do a google search on ‘knife throwing’ and you’ll get more information than you can poke a knife at.

als, remember, no flick of the wrist…balance knife in hand,holsing by blade, raise to sky with elbow at ninety degree angle, bring hand out in front of you with arm at 180 degrees angle, release knife…with very little practice, you can master the simple knife thorw…don’t know about the kicks, tho…

Of course, throwing a knife at an adversary is probably not a good idea. He’s not just going to fall down dead, like they do in the movies. He’ll probably make a lot of noise. “OW! Son of a WHORE!” And is your throw strong enough to even penetrate his jacket? To a useful depth? How 'bout that ribcage?

From what I’ve found, the perfect throw depends greatly upon the balance of the knife, the distance from to the target and the individual’s level of comfort. A properly weighted knife has the weight distributed evenly between the hilt and the blade. When throwing, use your entire forearm, not the wrist, as other people correctly pointed out, and release the knife to give it some spin. Once you can do that (which is very simple), it’s all a matter of practice. Stand in the same spot for every throw (a good distance for beginners is 8-10 paces), and you’ll develop a feel for timing the spin of the knife so that it sticks almost every time.

Key phrase: “timing the spin.” That’s what it’s all about. Experiment a bit–try throwing it hilt-first, try throwing it blade first, underhanded, overhanded, whichever is more comfortable to you. Personally, I’m rather fond of the blade-first, underhand throw with one full spin, just because it’s a quick way of throwing. But most importantly: practice, practice, practice.

I always understood that you werem’t supposed to “time” the spin, but impart just enough spin to get one full rotation to target.

Also, a good throwing knife is generally longer and broader in the blade and shorter and lighter in the handle while still being proportionately balanced. Picture a Machete.

The knife should also be fairly flexible.

Throwing knives is really hard on them, and tends to ruin them pretty quickly.

Throwing a knife for anything but fun or showing off is generally a really stupid idea.