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The Pierce Arrow
Throwing Knife
Made by Bob Patrick (Crescent Knife Works)

"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. And I was especially pleased with myself when I bounced the first one, confirming my brilliance.

Pierce Arrow throwing knife

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.)

knife testing

Dave Fettig - pierce arrow throwing knife

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.

crescent knife works thrower

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
Fort Atkinson, WI





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