# Is Throwing a Knife with No Spin Actually More Effective?

• Aurelius120
In summary, the conversation discusses the danger of throwing a rotating knife compared to throwing a knife straight. It is noted that a rotating knife experiences more air drag and has varying velocities depending on the plane of rotation. However, there is no guarantee which end of the knife will hit the target with maximum velocity. The conversation also mentions that throwing the knife with a spinning motion from the point may result in a higher velocity. The validity of the information is questioned and sources are requested.
Aurelius120
Homework Statement
I have heard that if you spin a knife it hits harder than if allowed to fly tangentially
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They say that a rotating knife thrown is more dangerous than a knife thrown straight

I find it weird

• If the knife is rotating, it will experience more air drag than if thrown straight which will also depend on plane of rotation(For some reason, I don't know, it experiences more drag if rotated in horizontal plane than if in the vertical plane)
• One end of it will have greater velocity than it could have in pure translation but hey! There is no saying which end will hit the target and that end will probably have maximum velocity(as in rolling motion)
So does that actually mean any advantage

It is easier to get a high velocity with a throw that spins the knife from the point instead of one that throws it like a dart.

Aurelius120 said:
They say
Can you post a link to where you have read this please? As @haruspex says, there are other considerations...

Aurelius120 said:
Quora is not a valid scientific reference. Do you have any links to more scientific sources?

## 1. Is throwing a knife with no spin actually more effective than throwing it with spin?

There is no clear consensus on whether throwing a knife with no spin is more effective than throwing it with spin. Some argue that throwing with no spin allows for greater accuracy and precision, while others argue that spin can increase the force and penetration of the knife. Ultimately, the effectiveness of either technique depends on the skill and experience of the thrower.

## 2. What is the difference between throwing a knife with no spin and throwing it with spin?

Throwing a knife with no spin involves releasing the knife with a straight trajectory, while throwing with spin involves adding a rotational motion to the knife as it is released. This rotational motion can be achieved through a variety of techniques, such as the "hammer grip" or "blade grip."

## 3. Can anyone learn how to throw a knife with no spin?

Yes, anyone can learn how to throw a knife with no spin. It takes practice, patience, and proper technique to master this skill. It is important to start with a small, lightweight knife and gradually work your way up to larger and heavier knives as you develop your skills.

## 4. Are there any benefits to throwing a knife with no spin?

Some people believe that throwing a knife with no spin can be more accurate and precise, as it eliminates the potential for the knife to wobble or veer off course due to spin. Additionally, throwing with no spin can also be useful in situations where a quick and precise throw is needed, such as in self-defense scenarios.

## 5. Is throwing a knife with no spin more difficult than throwing it with spin?

It is difficult to say whether one technique is inherently more difficult than the other. Both techniques require practice and skill to master, and some people may find one technique easier than the other. It ultimately depends on the individual's personal preference and level of experience.

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