Posted 04 October 2012 - 06:07 AM
I have witnessed knife-throwing contests (rather popular in the SCA). In one contest, one of the entrants threw a sword instead of a knife, but the way the rules were set, he was allowed to do this. He won that contest because he hit the target from a much greater range than any of the knife-throwers. A sword tumbles much slower than a knife, and is therefore accurate at a greater distance. Evidently the distance vs accuracy relationship is more based on number of tumbles than on raw distance. But, like a knife, a sword can only lodge point first in the target if it hits the target when it is in that position of its tumble.
This is why you MUST practice with the knife or sword you are going to throw. There is NO way you can simply guess the tumbling properties of a sword or knife without practicing with it - too many variables.
Edited by Ironhand, 04 October 2012 - 06:15 AM.
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