Spring is “In The Air” – Let’s Throw Knives!

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Clint offering me some advice at my first knife throwing meetup. (Source: Bruce Deachman / Ottawa Citizen)

A while ago, Clint (my partner in life and crime) and I decided it would be fun to take up knife throwing. We got ourselves some sweet Gil Hibben throwing knives from a local shop that specializes in that kind of thing and looked for opportunities to try out our new hobby.

Unfortunately, our 1-bedroom highrise apartment wasn’t a great place to practice. Despite our best efforts to muffle the noise of clanging knives hitting the floor, we didn’t feel right disturbing the neighbors, and we certainly didn’t want to accidentally cause damage.

We soon realized that there wasn’t much opportunity to throw in Ottawa, and no available spaces where we could (legally) get in some practice. Clint had created a gorgeous home-made end grain wood target and we had nowhere to set it up but our bedroom. We decided throwing knives a couple feet away from my wedding dress was an especially bad idea.

Here are the Gil Hibben knives we both bought. (Source)

Here are the Gil Hibben knives we both bought. (Source)

Clint decided to start a new group on Meetup.com and find out if there were any other people in town interested in knife throwing. We figured we couldn’t be the only ones. It turns out there are LOTS of knife throwers around, and a lot of people curious to try it.

Within four months of starting In The Air on Meetup.com, the group had about 80 members. A core group of regulars offered outdoor space for practices, brought their own targets and collections of knives, and those with more experience offered tips, tricks and advice.

Then the Ottawa Citizen got in touch to do a news story about the group. Who knew there would be so much interest in a random wacky idea we had?

Ottawa Citizen reporter Bruce Deachman braved freezing rain on an icy cold day to document an In The Air knife throw. Click here to watch the video.

The Ottawa Citizen’s Bruce Deachman braved freezing rain and icy cold to document our knife throw. Click here to watch the video.

The group is now up to almost 100 members. We’ve heard from a few people that they already throw knives at home, but they really enjoy meeting other people and practicing their hobby in a social atmosphere.

I’ve only made it out to a couple of throws so far, but have already learned a lot. We’ve met some great people from all walks of life. Everyone is very supportive and welcoming regardless of your experience or skill level. We’ve also been pleased to note that the group members are roughly 50% female, 50% male.

Here’s a video from yesterday’s throw. Not my best performance of the day but not bad!

Later in the day I improved my technique a bit by adding in a step forward as I threw, and I started to land 3 in a row more often. I’ll try to get that on video next time.

I’m super proud of Clint for all the work he’s put into the group. He’s put so much passion into it, and I think it shows with all of the interest the group has received.

If you’re in the Ottawa area and want to check out the group, join In the Air on Meetup.com and maybe we’ll see you at the next event.


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