On The Necessity Of Throwing Knives

I’ve been rereading some of Bill Riviere’s books lately and am reminded of why I hold his work in such high esteem. A registered Maine guide who worked on the Maine border patrol during World War 2, he was also a prolific writer. Here’s his take on throwing knives from Backcountry Camping:

On TV and in motion pictures, knife throwing seems to be a necessity of life, but in the big woods, it’s not likely that you’ll have to defend yourself in this manner. Throwing a pocket or sheath knife can damage it. Consider your knife a fine tool, not a plaything.

This goes for every tool. Throwing knives, throwing axes, etc. If you want to throw things, throw rocks or sticks, If you throw your woodworking tools you will remove all doubt in those who have considered the possibility that you might be a cheechako.

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