Consisting of a single piece, the throwing blade is different from the traditional knife. Sometimes double-edged, it can also be used as a dagger.
Presented in circuses or in public shows, the throwing of a blade requires a pitcher and an assistant. Generally placed in front of a plank of wood, the latter receives the knives projected by the launcher. Not having to touch it and hurting it, the pitcher draws the contour of the assistant's body with his knives.
Difficult to master, this art is often poorly represented in action films. And yes, in reality, the thrown knife does not follow a straight line from the launcher to the target. Nor does its tip remain stable and forward. Creating a rotation during his flight, it is difficult to know if it is his point or his sleeve that will hit the target first. Only the experienced ones know how to modulate the distance and the number of turns made by the throwing knife before touching the target.
Almost all knives can be projected efficiently. However, those that are not specifically designed for this practice may be much less precise and dangerous. Throwing knives are blunt edges. Equipped with a blade or handle heavy enough, they are easier to control.