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The Great Throwzini
Newsletter: Issue #90

by Scott Gracia
sgracia@wi.rr.com
http://www.throwzini.com

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. What's New
2. Pierce Arrow Knife Review - by Dave Fettig
3. Recreational Knife Throwing Video - by John Bailey
4. Advertising Opportunities
5. Contact Info/Reprint Guidelines
6. Subscribe and Unsubscribe Information
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1. WHAT'S NEW

Hey Throwers!

Hope you guys and girls had a great holiday and are enjoying the new year so far! Wow 2004 already? It just amazes me how time flies. I remember being in grade school and thinking that it would never end... boy was I wrong :-)

It was pretty warm here for the past week or so. The temps were in the high 30's to mid 40's which is "tropical" for Wisconsin at this time of year. I threw a couple times but after a while my hands got cold from holding the knives so I had to go in and warm up.

I tried wearing some gloves for a while but the 13.5" Dragons I was throwing just sailed outta my hand the first few attempts. Holy Slippery Knives Batman!

The knives didn't look like "Dragons" at all but more like "wounded ducks" flying towards the target :-)

It took a little getting used to but I started sticking them pretty quick, but only half and full spins. Anytime I backed up behind 12 feet I started to hear the all too familiar "clanging" noise.

Its been a while since I threw the Dragon knives and forgot just how great those blades fit in my hand! I also love the fact that you can throw them by the handle or blade without changing your grip, (just change the end you are holding), but I prefer to throw the 13.5" design by the blade.

Whether I'm throwing a half spin, 1 1/2 or 2 1/2 spins, they just feel perfect when they slide out of my hand! At 11 ounces some people might say they are a bit light but I've watched Joe Darrah stick them from almost 60 feet without a problem! And boy do they stick deep! :-)

So anyway, if you want to check out some light reading on the highest quality, commercially made throwing knives available anywhere, take a look at the 13.5" Dragons:

http://www.throwzini.com/investing-in-dragons.html

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UPCOMING EVENT
We now have the dates and schedule up for the 2004 Central US Knife Championships. It will take place on September 5-6th and its sure to be even more exciting than the previous years event... though it will be tough to accomplish!

To check out the Itinerary, rules, scoring and all the other things you need to know, just go to this page:

http://www.throwzini.com/central_us_event_2004.html

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There is also another contest that is taking place this year at the Central US Knife Championships in Austin, TX. It is called The International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame GOLD CUP!

The Gold Cup will be a contest that ANYONE can enter. Competitors will throw 5 knives, from 6 different distances and the high score will take home $1000!!!

I have a feeling this will be a big draw for some media coverage at the event so be sure to check out the info and sign up! Somebody's gotta win it! :-)

http://www.throwzini.com/goldcup_event_2004.html

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Well thats all for this issue. Have a great couple weeks, keep on chuckin' and we'll talk again soon!

Scott Gracia
101 FREE KNIFE THROWING TIPS
http://www.throwzini.com

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LOCAL THROWERS
If you are looking for local people to learn from or just hang out with and throw sharp pieces of metal, then this is the place for you. Ya never know, there could be another thrower that lives right down the street!

Currently there are 169 throwers listed in 40 states, and 19 different countries! And more people are signing up every week! Soon you'll be able to throw with someone no matter where you go!

Follow this link for more details or to see if there are any throwers that live in your neighborhood:

http://www.throwzini.com/local_throwers.html

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Thanks again to everyone that submitted their info/pics!!!

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2. GUEST COLUMN:

PIERCE ARROW KNIFE REVIEW
by Dave Fettig

"Which way is up?" That's what ran through my head when I first picked up the Pierce Arrow. I, of course, immediately threw out the idea of a throwing knife with an asymmetrical handle. I was especially pleased with myself when I bounced the first one, confirming my brilliance.

I continued throwing (some bouncing, some sticking), and noticed that as long as I kept the same side up, it would settle into the same position in my hand every time. The hole at the bottom helped with this, along with the mysterious "hump". (It's nice to take at least one variable out of the throwing equation.)

And although the square edges could use some time on the grinder, it was surprisingly comfortable. I wasn't feeling quite so brilliant anymore...

It is 13" long, and weighs 13 oz (about 364 grams) and with a " thickness, it has got a lot of beef to it. There's plenty of feedback on how it's about to fly when it leaves your hand. But, that same feature wore out my arm a little faster, taking my form with it.

I'll have to leave that one to personal preference though. Some people are more comfortable with more weight. Fortunately with this knife, nothing in the way of balance or flight is sacrificed for it. It throws from the blade as well as it does from the handle. The blade edge always spooks me a little, but ended up not being nearly sharp enough to worry about.

Throwing aside, this is one beautiful knife. A truly unique look without being grotesque about it. It's the kind of knife you pull out the bag, handing it to your buddy saying, "Check THIS thing out!"

The weight would keep me from throwing it in competitions, but again, that's just me. Good 5160 steel (harder temper at the tip and butt), nice look, nice feel, nice throw. The only change I would like to see would be some rounded edges to improve the feel.

The accomplishment here, I think, is that a truly one-of-a-kind knife was produced, without relying on any kind of novelty, and certainly without sacrificing function.

Article Contributed by:

Dave Fettig
Balisong Extraordinaire
Fort Atkinson, WI
http://www.theblasto.com

To check out pictures and ordering info for the Pierce Arrow throwing knives just go to this page:

http://www.throwzini.com/normal_throwers.html

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Once you're there just scroll down and click on the one titled PIERCE ARROW KNIFE REVIEW.

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3. THE FUNDAMENTALS OF KNIFE, HAWK & AXE THROWING WITH AN INTRODUCTION TO THE IMPALEMENT ARTS VIDEO

The first video that teaches you EVERYTHING you need to know to get in on the fun of throwing. Learn the techniques that the pros use, all the rules and regulations for competition throwing, and also get a look at some of the The Great Throwdini's Professional Impalement Act!

Here is just a taste of what you'll get:

- Grips, stances, release and the correct way to follow through
- Target and backboard construction
- Crystal clear slow motion and frame by frame analysis
- 13 ways to throw an axe within a 6 foot area
- A handy 4 page pocket guide that covers throwing records, rules and regulations for existing events
- 19 different impalement stunts
- A knife that fires a .32 caliber blank

and so much more!

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Scott,

"I started throwing knives competively around 1997 against some of the best tournament throwers in the world (including 'The Rev' himself)."

"I felt I had hit a plateau in the sport, but after watching David's tape I found a few tips that helped me break through that level."

"His instructions will help beginners learn faster than any book will. Veteran throwers can utilize his slow motion video clips to hone their skills to a higher degree."

"This is one tape you must have if you are serious about knife, tomahawk, or axe throwing."

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St. Francis, WI 53235-4151
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