Perfect Point Stainless Throwing Star Review

A throwing star was originally known as a shuriken.  This word translates literally to hidden hand blade. The west recognizes shuriken as throwing stars and sometimes ninja stars. The throwing star is a Japanese concealed weapon that was used as a hidden dagger to distract or misdirect.

Originally, the shuriken came in a variety of forms; some were manufactured but others were improvised out of tools when needed. One of the characteristics that the two separate forms of these stars were that the edges of the shuriken were sharpened, so that they could be sued to penetrate skin and even open arteries.

These stars were normally only used as a supplementary weapon to the sword or other go-to weapon. Even though these tools were known to be the back-up weapon, they often played an important role in battle. These tools were known to be used as a nuisance and even sometimes a distraction. The aim was to get them to the more exposed parts of the body: the eyes, face, hands, or feet. One myth that was believed when these were first being originally used was that the opponent had been cut by an invisible swordsman. This was because the star could be thrown in a way that slashed the opponent in a glancing blow before traveling on or becoming lost. Plus, these stars could be used as a handheld weapon when fighting in close combat.

Another common way to use these stars would be to embed them in the ground, which would then injure the advancing enemy. These stars are simple to throw, so adventurous users would wrap them in fuses before lighting them and throwing them. This allowed the star to travel further and more easily before catching the surroundings on fire. Another way these stars were used for convenience, instead of using the sharp edges, was to wrap them in a cloth that was soaked in poison, then lighting the cloth and throwing it. The technique would be to cover a large area in a cloud of poisonous smoke.

Some attackers would even coat their stars with poison and left in an obvious place to be picked up. whoever picked up the star would be poisoned and die. A sneaky way to use this tool was to bury it in dirt or animal feces, which allowed it to pick up plenty of disease or bacteria. Then, when someone would step on it, or pierce themselves with it, the bacteria would be transferred into the wound and they would die later on because of tetanus infection.

Although these tools are simple weapons, they have been used for a variety of purposes and have significant historical value.

Today, modern throwing stars are most often made of stainless steel and are commercially available in many knife shops in Europe and North America. They are illegal to own or carry in many countries and in the United States, certain states do prohibit them. This means that it is your responsibility, as the user, to know your local knife laws before purchasing this tool. BladeOps does not take responsibility for consequences.

This Perfect Point Throwing Star is a hira-shuriken, which is the style of throwing star that most people think of. This style of throwing star are constructed from thin, flat plates of metal. In the more traditional days, these were also made form things like coins, carpentry tools, spool, and even nail removers.

This style of throwing star does have a hole in the center and possess a fairly thin blade that has been sharpened mainly at the tip. The characteristic hole is because when they used to be made from old coins and washers, the tool already had the hole. However, it did prove to be convenient for the user because the weapons could then be strung on a string or dowel in the belt for transport, and the hole also had aerodynamic and weighting effects that aided the flight of the blade.

There are plenty of forms of hira-shuriken today and they are now usually identified by the number of points the blade possesses. This specific throwing knife has six sharpened points. This is the Perfect Point 90-16 Stainless Throwing Star with a satin finish.

Perfect Point Stainless Throwing Star
Perfect Point Stainless Throwing Star

The Blades:

The entire star is made out of stainless steel. Although there is a wide variety of steels used across the cutlery industry, most of them can be reduced into two classifications. You either have a stainless steel or a high carbon steel. Because this star is made out of stainless, we will be going over the pros and cons to having a stainless steel. For starters, a stainless steel has to have a minimum of 10.5% chromium content by mass, although most do have around 12%. The high chromium content helps the blade resist rusting and corroding and staining, which is where this category of steel got its name. The high chromium content is also what differentiates the stainless steels from the high carbon steels. Unprotected carbon steels rusts readily when exposed to the combination of air and moisture. Stainless steels contain sufficient chromium to undergo passivation, spontaneously forming a microscopically thin surface film by reacting with the oxygen air. This passive film prevents further corrosion by blocking oxygen diffusion to the steel surface, which prevents corrosion from spreading into the bulk of the metal. However, because stainless steel has a higher chromium content, the blade is going to be softer than a high carbon star would be. The softness means that sharpening will be much easier than a high carbon knife, but it also means that they are going to lose their edge more quickly than the harder, high carbon blades.

Another benefit of the stainless steels is that they are tougher than a high carbon blades. This means that the blades will not rust or chip easily. That in mind, just because a stainless steel is less prone to rusting, it can rust, so you will need to make sure that your star is dry before putting it in its sheath. And lastly, stainless steels look good for a very long time. Maintenance is easier with a stainless steel blade, so you can just focus on using it, instead of worrying about keeping it sharp.

The star has been finished satin. This finish involves sanding the blade in one direction with increasing degrees of a fine abrasive, which is usually a fine sandpaper. A satin finish shows the bevels of the blade, showcasing the liens of the knife, while reducing its reflective glare. The finer the abrasive and the more even the lines; the cleaner the satin finish blade looks. A nice satin finish does take time, which means that it will increase the cost of the knife. This finish is the most popular finish that you are going to find in the cutlery industry and gives you a very classic look. The classic look is ideal for a throwing star that has such a rich history. You also know that your throwing star is not going to go out of style.

Each of the six points on this throwing star has been carved into dagger blade shapes. The dagger point blade style is all about the point. This style of blade is a double-edge blade whose main and absolute purpose is about stabbing. Each of the points is composed of 2 symmetrical sharpened blades that taper to a very thin sharp point, which pierces easily into soft targets. The two sharp edges reduce the profile of the knife and let it cut in on both sides equally. These characteristics are what make it a great option for self-defense, even if you are in close combat situations. These six points are going to sustain a lot of damage when used properly. Unfortunately, the points are weaker because of how fine and sharp they are, so if this star is used on hard targets, they are prone to breaking.

Of course, in the middle of the star is a round hole. Surrounding the hole there are small characters that add history and aesthetic to the throwing star.

 

The Specs:

The overall diameter of this throwing star is 4 inches. The overall thickness of the throwing star is 0.04 inches. This knife weighs in at 2.5 ounces, with a sheath that weighs in at 1.9 ounces.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath that comes with this throwing star is made out of nylon. A nylon sheath is a sheath material that is commonly used when it comes to knife sheaths. Nylon sheaths are often compared to leather sheaths, because those are two of the most used materials. Just like leather, nylon sheaths are going to be tough and strong. Unlike leather, nylon sheaths are resistant to rot and mildew. Because of this, and because of how the fibers are arranged, they are also not as vulnerable to water as leather sheaths. Because of these few characteristics, they make for an excellent sheath if you are going to be in a humid environment or near water often. Plus, nylon sheaths are not going to be easily scuffed or torn, which means that they are going to be durable and great for long-term use. Unfortunately, nylon sheaths do have their drawbacks. This sheath is not going to last as long as a leather sheath would and it does tend to lose its shape over time. This means that while the sheath will always function, the throwing star is not going to fit as snugly inside of it after time and use. Nylon also proves to be one of the least expensive sheath options that you can get with. There are actually a large variety of different types of nylon sheaths made in various ways, so reviewing the sheath in higher depth proves to be complicated.

 

The Pros of the Perfect Point Throwing Star:

  • The throwing star can be used for a wide variety of purposes.
  • This is a very lightweight tool.
  • The stainless steel is easy to sharpen.
  • The stainless steel is hard to rust or corrode.
  • The stainless steel is very tough.
  • The satin finish cuts down on reflections and glares.
  • The satin finish gives a very traditional look to the throwing star.
  • Extremely sharp dagger style-points.
  • Nylon sheath is durable and not prone to being scuffed or torn.
  • The nylon sheath is lightweight.
  • The nylon sheath remains intact and not rotting when subjected to humidity or water.
  • Nylon sheaths are very tough.
  • The nylon sheath is inexpensive, which does keep the cost of the overall star down.

 

The Cons of the Perfect Point Throwing Star:

  • The throwing star is mainly used as a backup weapon, or an entertainment tool. Other than that, it does not serve a wide variety of purposes.
  • Because of the quality of the stainless steel, you will have to sharpen the blade more often.
  • The points may break off if subjected to tough pokes.
  • The nylon sheath does have the tendency to lose its shape over time.

 

Conclusion:

Perfect Point offers a vast array of products–from tactical knives to throwing knives, swords, novelty items and seemingly everything in between. With an emphasis on providing the best quality product at a competitive price point, Perfect Point is slowly making a name for itself throughout the industry. Each model boasts impressive balance and appropriate contouring for a secure hold to allow for an effective throw. This model features a 6-pointed body in a satin finish and the black button-snap nylon sheath offers a convenient belt carry option. The stainless steel body and points will be durable, not prone to staining or rusting, and live a very long life. The points are extremely sharp, which means that they will be able to inflict plenty of damage when used correctly. However, it also means that the points on this star may break off if used to pierce through hard and tough materials. Pick up the Perfect Point throwing star at BladeOps.

 

 

Great Throwing Knives

Black Ronin Throwing Knife
Black Ronin Throwing Knife

Today we are going to go over the best throwing knives, but for starters, what is a throwing knife? A throwing knife is a knife that has been specifically designed and weighted so that it can be thrown to the best ability. These are their very own genre of knives. These knives are used throughout the world and in many cultures and because of that, many different techniques have developed on how to throw them. Because of this, there are different styles of throwing knives to best compliment that style of throwing.

These knives are used in sport, defensive uses, entertainment, and as an art. Learning to throw these knives can benefit you in a variety of ways, one of them being for your entertainment purposes. When you are first getting into throwing knives, you should not buy a variety of different lone knives. You need to get used to throwing just one style, shape, and size of a knife before you branch out and purchase a variety of throwing knives. These knives are also great for outdoors men and hunters, because you can defend yourself from a distance. No matter what the reason is, a good set of throwing knives will do wonders.

While shopping for good throwing knives, you should be looking for sharp blades, with an extra sharp tip. When the sides are duller, the knife is going to be able to go further. You should be looking for a knife that has excellent balance—to find this out, you are probably just going to have to trust the reviews. You should be looking for a handle that isn’t going to break easily. Plus, the design of the handle is what determines how well the knife will throw and how far they will go. A great option for handle materials is wood, because they offer great grip. However, wood is also more prone to breaking.

Today I am going to go over some of the most popular throwing knives and/or knife sets on the market today.

 

The Gil Hibben Cord Grip Throwing Knife:

Gil Hibben is a fantastic brand, really you can’t go wrong when purchasing throwing knives from them. When purchasing one of their throwing knives, you can expect quality knives. Gil Hibben actually worked for Browning knife company during the 1960’s, so he does know what he is talking about. If you are first looking for throwing knives, these are a great option, because they are high quality, but still a pretty inexpensive option.

The blade on these knives are 4.25 inches long made out of 420 J2 stainless steel, which is actually a steel that is commonly used on higher quality knives. This steel is actually used in lots of surgical instruments because it is very sharp and has high corrosion resistance properties. This makes it a great option for throwing knives as well, because it is going to stay sharp. And, it won’t require too much maintenance. It can take on the tasks that you throw at this steel and because of that, this knife can take on the tasks that you throw at it.

The handle on this knife is 4.375 inches long, making this a perfectly balanced knife. This balance lets you produce a uniform throw every time. To give you fantastic grip, the handle has non-slip tensile cord wrapped around them.

Each of these knives come with a top grade black nylon sheath. The overall length of this knife is 8.625 inches long and weighs 6.4 ounces. This weight would be too light if you were a professional thrower, but these are an excellent option for beginners, because you can develop your own throwing style. Because these are for beginners, you probably won’t want to be using these forever, you are going to want to upgrade over time. These knives are full black knives—the blade, handle, and cord around the handle. This comes in a set of three knives.

Pros:

  • These are fantastic options for beginner knife throwers.
  • Gil Hibben is a fantastic brand of knives.
  • This is a great steel option.
  • The blade and handle are perfectly balanced, making it easier for you to throw.
  • The handles are wrapped in cord, giving you a great grip.

Cons:

  • Not a good option if you are experienced.
  • Too light for professionals.

 

The Smith and Wesson SWTK10CP Throwing Knife:

Smith & Wesson Throwers
Smith & Wesson Throwers

Smith and Wesson makes fantastic military grade knives. These throwing knives are no different, but they are primarily for the experts who know what they are doing.

The blade on these knives are five inches long made out of 2Cr13 High Carbon steel. This is a very strong steel. It can also get extremely sharp; these knives are designed to really hurt whatever is in front of the tip. The shape of these blades are a duel edged spear point. The tip and sides are all sharp and strong. Because of the cut-outs, the true middle of this knife is actually higher than you would expect. It does take a few minutes before you can throw accurately.

The handle portion is 5 inches long, so it seems like it would be perfectly balanced between the handle and the blade. However, there are cut outs in the handle, on the blade, and in the middle of the two. People have been reporting that these knives are actually blade heavy. The handle is very flat and smooth.

These knives come with a nylon sheath that holds all three in a waterfall, or cascading, look. The sheath actually comes with a belt loop which comes in handy when you need them quickly or need to a place to put them before you are using them.

This set is pretty inexpensive. It will work for beginners, but they are mainly targeted towards the experts. The overall length of these knives are 10 inches long. They weigh in at 7.03 ounces, so these are heavier than your average throwing knife. But, once you get used to the weight behind them, you will be able to throw them farther and with more force than other throwing knives. These knives come in a set of three. These would be a fantastic option if you are really looking to inflict damage.

Pros:

  • The steel is very strong.
  • The steel is very sharp.
  • The spear point tip is not going to break.
  • Comes with a nylon sheath with a handy belt loop.
  • Great for experts.
  • Heavier, so you can do more damage than with a lighter knife.

Cons:

  • Not great for beginners.
  • The balance of these knives take a little bit of getting used to.
  • These knives are heavy, so it does take a while to get used to.

 

The United Cutlery UC2772 Expendables Kunai Throwing Knife:

This knife is known for going distances. This knife really took off when Jason Statham used it in the movies The Expendables. However, United Cutlery was popular long before that.

The blade on this knife is made out of AUS-8 stainless steel, which is a fantastic steel option. This steel is rust-resistant, which means that your knife is going to last for longer than other throwing knives. This blade has a very unique design. The edges on this blade are actually made duller so that the knives have momentum while the knife is being launched. But, because the edges are duller, it is very important that the tip is crazy sharp and pointed. Because of how sharp it is, it can easily stab through whatever the target happens to be.

The handle of a throwing knife is where the good ones get set apart from the great ones. This handle is a great one. The butt end of the handle sports a finger ring that helps with drawing the knife and it gives you more control when you are fighting in cramped or close areas. The finger ring also helps to cut down on wind resistance while they are in the air. The handle is wrapped in nylon cord to help provide you with grip.

These knives come with a nylon belt sheath that sports a leg strap and belt loop. This way, you can keep it on your hip for easy access or you can have them safely tucked away on your legs.

The overall length of this knife is 12 inches long and it is perfectly balanced, helping get you uniform throws. These knives each weigh 8 ounces, so you are going to have more weight behind your throws. The weight behind the throws help get them farther when you throw them. These knives come in a set of three.

Pros:

  • The AUS 8 steel makes for a fantastic steel option.
  • The steel is rust resistant, so it takes less maintenance to keep up on them.
  • The tip is crazy sharp, and will easily pierce through whatever you throw these at.
  • There is a finger ring to help with control and quick access.
  • Nylon wrapped handle provides you with better grip.
  • Comes with a nylon sheath.
  • Perfectly balanced.

Cons:

  • People have reported the cord coming off easily.
  • Some people have issues with these knives breaking.

 

The United cutlery GH2033 Gil Hibben Throwing Knife:

These knives are built more the more professional and experienced knife thrower. These knives are considered to be some of the highest quality, top end throwing knives. But, these are also considered to be almost the perfect knife. They take all of the wanted characteristics of throwing knives and combine them to create the ideal throwing knife.

The steel chosen for these knives is 420 stainless steel; this steel is hard and strong. This steel has good corrosion resistance properties and it is not too expensive. This steel can hold an edge fairly well and is not a difficult steel to resharpen. Many people consider this steel the perfectly balanced steel. You get a little bit of everything and everything is good. It just doesn’t excel at any of the properties.

The handle has absolutely zero grip, which is why these are designed with the experts in mind. Because it is so slippery, you can experiment with your specific throwing style.

These knives come with a leather sheath that fits all three of the blades.

The overall length of these knives are 12.125 inches long and they weigh almost 13 ounces. These come in a set of three.

Pros:

  • Great for experts.
  • These are some of the highest quality knives that you will be able to find.
  • The chosen steel is an excellent balance between all of the good characteristics.
  • You can easily experiment with your throwing style.
  • Comes with a leather sheath.

Cons:

  • NOT for beginners at all.
  • The handle has zero grip.

 

Conclusion:

Throwing Knives have been around for centuries for a myriad of different reasons. In each culture, they are used for something different. Throwing knives have been used as an art form, they have been used as a self-defense weapon, and they have been used as entertainment. Depending on which task you are purchasing your throwing knife for, you are going to want to be searching for different characteristics, but don’t fret—there are hundreds of different styles, shapes, and sizes of throwing knives. You just have to know what you are searching for. To make things easier for you guys, I put together a list of the four most popular sets of throwing knives. Some were designed for beginners so they were lighter and easier to work with. Some were designed for either a beginner or an expert, so they were aesthetically pleasing and a great balance of everything you want in a throwing knife. Lastly, there was a set designed strictly for expert knife throwers, so it did have a unique design to it. Truly any of these options are fantastic options, but they all favor different styles of use. Remember that while you are searching for your perfect knife you should be searching for one that is very sharp, one that has great balance, and one that is not prone to easy breaking.

Smith & Wesson Throwing Knife Sets

Two different sets of throwing knives are now available from Smith & Wesson.  The first set features three 10″ knives and the second set boasts six 8″ knives.  Both of these are loads of fun.  Well weighted, these are perfect for backyard throwing fun.  Check out the two sets on our website. Each set comes with a nylon sheath for storage.  Pick up your favorite set and get throwing.