Accuflight Easy Stick Pro Throwing Knife

 

I first saw this knife online some time ago. Like so many things, I was interested in it and bookmarked the site. After a while, you end up with hundreds of bookmarked sites and the list is so massive, you hardly ever go back to a majority of them.

 

So when I ran across the Easy Stick Pro during another Internet surfing session, I was once again interested in it. Partially because I was beginning to revisit survival equipment and this knife has some interesting possibilities.

 

I’ve been throwing knives for quite some time. I am limited as to what I can have where I live now, a few years ago, I had a dedicated knife and hatchet throwing target in the backyard. I had it suspended from an old tree. The target was a huge section of tree trunk. It was almost three feet wide and about eighteen inches thick. I went to the hardware store and purchased two huge eye screws and some rope and went back home and started working on it.

 

I had to use a large screwdriver in the eyes of the screws to wind them into place and once they were in, everything was solid so I attached the rope and started to hoist it up to chest/head level in the tree from a branch. Had to go in the house and call a friend to come over and help me on that one. Once everything was solid and secure, it was great!

 

I started out with a few Gil Hibben throwing knives and a Cold Steel throwing knife.

 

In one month I ended up destroying the laminated leather handle on an Estwing hatchet and had a lot of fun throwing the other knives. There was nothing to destroy on the Cold Steel and Hibben throwing knives. I went to a hardware store and purchased an Estwing Shingler’s Hatchet after I busted the other one. I started throwing them all of the time.

 

It took some trial and error and I’m hardly an “Expert” at throwing edged weapons, but I am good at it when I have had some practice and truth be told, I was a lot better back then because I would throw anywhere from thirty to ninety minutes a day. It was a nice way to unwind in the morning after work.

 

Sometimes when I was bored and I could not sleep (I worked midnight shift), I would go out and throw for a while and go back in and go to sleep.

 

A drift from knife to hatchet

 

After a while, I grew tired of throwing knives and gravitated more towards tomahawks and hatchets. I enjoyed them more because they hit like a ton of bricks.

 

While visiting a local knife shop, I spotted a custom throwing knife by a Gentleman with the last name of Bowen. I purchased that and that thing was an absolute joy to throw and it rekindled the interest in throwing knives because it was substantial and fun to throw.

 

Now, I cannot throw any of these things where I live. My knives sit and gather dust because I cannot have that kind of target where I live now.

 

That has changed as well with possession of the Easy Stick Pro.

 

 

The City Dweller

 

The first thing that strikes me about the knife, on the subject of appearance and throwing them is this, this looks like THE throwing knife for a city dweller for two reasons:

 

1. It is compact and you can carry it without having a "Bowie" on your side.

2. You can actually throw this thing in a basement without knocking holes in the wall because of the way you have to throw it.

 

You throw this knife like a “Pub Dart.” If you have a suitable (safe and durable) target, you could throw these all the time in your house. In a basement with a low ceiling, no problem there either! If you can throw regular darts and have a dartboard mounted in your basement, you can get a better target and start throwing this knife.

 

 

I know of people who throw knives and hatchets in their little backyard, in a city environment. That has to draw some attention! If you have the wrong kind of neighbors, they would probably think you a nut.

 

This knife changes all of that because it does not even look like a throwing knife and the motions to throw it are different. Therefore, from a distance, it would look like you were throwing a large dart.

 

I think that is a large plus for someone who finds knife throwing to be relaxing. What many people consider “crazy” others find an enjoyable pastime. It definitely has some appeal to regular knife throwers although many of the “Purists” will find this knife rather unorthodox.

 

First Impression

 

After cutting the package open and removing the knife, I was quite pleased with the feel of it. It looked like a high quality item and the feel of it in the hand was that of a sturdy tool.

 

Brass is a metal that is hardly used anymore. Everyone is going for lightness and many don’t understand that Brass can be “High-Tech” as well.

 

There is a time to be light and use something like Titanium, and there is a time to use a metal like Brass. This is such a time. This knife has a unique balance and feel to it.

 

The knife simply did not disappoint.

 

The shaft of the knife is polycarbonate and appears to be very tough. People who hate plastic might not like it but as far as I’m concerned, I would rather have something modern and tough as opposed to something more traditional. That’s just me.

 

It comes as no surprise that the Inventor of this knife, Clyde Hoch, is an Archer. Look at the blade on this knife.

 

Self-defense

Throwing

 

The idea of throwing a knife in a Self-defense situation has been beaten into the ground. The primary line of thought is, don’t throw away your only weapon.

 

That is very true. You should not throw away your primary weapon unless not throwing it will get you killed, a rare incident indeed. Right?

 

Not everyone is Sgt. Skeeter Vaughn, after all…he killed a German Sentry in World War Two with a throwing knife modified from a bayonet, incredible story.

 

The Easy Stick Pro would be attractive to those people who believe that range is hard to judge in a fast moving combat situation. This great little knife from Accuflight will fly straight and not cartwheel end over end to the target, therefore, there is very little “distance judging” involved with this throwing knife.

 

It is judging the distance that makes knife throwing such a no-no to some people and it is hard to judge distance but if it is a direct throw with no end over end revolutions of the knife in mid-air, that negative aspect dissipates.

 

Knife throwing in combat can start at face to face distance, almost touching each other, for if you execute a Number One Cut, meaning, the cut begins high and to the right and descends to low and left… If you let the knife slip from your grasp at the right moment in that arc, it would strike the person point first. If the person moved back just out of range of the edge and you let the knife go at the right moment, you could thrust the knife into them.

 

Here is something that many people do not understand. If you take a knife and thrust it into a piece of wood, the knife will only go so far. You have to be strong and have a very strong grip in order to get the point into the wood deeply. Reverse grip is better, but you still have to have a lot of strength to do it. If you think that throwing a knife in close quarters is “stupid” or would be “ineffective,” go out and learn how to throw. Then throw that knife directly into the wood from a short distance and in most cases you will find that the thrown knife that results in a thrust is much more powerful than a “manual” thrust.

 

A Number One Cut would be Forehand, a Number Two Cut would be Backhand. This also illustrates the danger inherent with striking or blocking a knife when someone is cutting at you, for if you are successful in dislodging the knife, guess where it might be going? Right in your face or neck if the arc of the knife had those areas as the target.

 

In general, I agree with people who promote carrying multiple edged weapons in hostile areas. I would never tell someone, “Don’t carry that!” Nor would I tell them, “You should not be carrying all of those!”

 

Every person has to make their own, personal threat assessment and that should drive the decisions they make as to what they carry and how best to use it.

 

In the Filipino Martial Arts, there is growing interest in knife throwing, primarily due to the powerhouse of Sayoc Kali. If you think that knife throwing cannot be effective and be a part of your “web” of defense and offense, you need to read some of the blade methodologies coming from The Sayoc Family Art. They eat, live and breathe steel.

 

Most people that advocate the thrown knife in combat also advocate carrying multiple knives and using them to deal with multiple attackers, etc. There is a lot of food for thought there.

 

Slap Check Throw

 

The Slap Check Throw could be used in a defensive situation or in some type of survival situation for hunting small game. You chamber for the throw and you use your off hand as a brake against the forearm that will be throwing the knife.

 

Hand-held

 

In reverse grip, this would be a vicious little weapon. You would not get the penetration of a regular knife in reverse grip due to the shorter blade length, but it could play a role in your defensive methods. There is nothing “nice” about using a knife on even a brutal attacker, but you would have to use a weapon like this in an even more aggressive manner.

 

Other interesting possibilities

 

The Easy Stick Pro could be a useful tool in an ALICE Pack full of survival gear. I’m a firm believer in cheating if you want to survive, if you are in a fight for your life, it does not matter if it is a city street or the wilderness, you cheat. That’s why I think survival kits should have hardware in them, hardware like wire ties, small eye screws, finishing nails and small hose clamps.

 

This knife could be connected to a pole to make a spear with ParaCord, but it would probably slip at the moment of truth. Two small hose clamps would change everything and they take up little space too.

 

If you were skilled enough, you could take small game like squirrels and rabbits with this knife. I don’t think it would kill like an edged weapon for the most part, but it would have some penetration. It would kill in a clubbing fashion, an impact weapon.

 

These animals, like all wild animals basically, are easily spooked. It would take quite some time to develop that level of skill. But it is something to explore for those interested in that sort of thing.

 

This knife could also be used for a “Spring and Spear” type of animal trap or a pit type of trap as well for those so inclined to attempt such things.

 

What can Knife-Throwing give you?

 

For one thing, it’s fun! For some people, that is all it will ever be and I think that is perfectly fine too.

 

It could be a survival tool, could be a street survival tool used in multiple attacker situations but you really have to be skilled in all aspects of edged weapons in order to make this a viable way of Self-defense.

 

Is there more? Yes there is…

 

Learning how to throw a knife with speed, power and accuracy will carry over to other things even if you never intend on carrying a knife to throw in a multiple attacker situation.

 

Projectiles are everywhere. We are surrounded by expedient, Self-defense projectiles, if nothing else, throwing the knife can give you the fun practice of learning to throw everything else around you.

 

The mouse you use to navigate the Internet, your computer’s mouse, it has a steel ball bearing in it coated in some substance. I don’t know if it is latex of some type or what. It does not matter. Rocks and gravel on the ground, cans of food in a grocery store parking lot, coins in your pocket, dirt, sand, pens in your pocket. Steel ball bearings, brass bearings, lead balls, lead fishing weights, nuts and bolts carried for this specific purpose. Do you think you would be arrested for carrying a few very large nuts or bolts in your pocket? These things when molded into a system, a response plan, can save your life. Part of that plan is having the unarmed combat skills necessary to back this sort of play.

 

Obviously, someone who has a concealed carry permit or a badge, they can slag off on these sorts of things because they have something that will launch bullets at attackers. What about some of you who are in L.A., D.C. or NYC? A Handgun Permit is a little bit harder to get.

 

Notice that I am not saying that you only carry these things for Self-defense, they just give you an edge in some circumstances. The benefit of knowing how to throw knives and all sorts of other edged weapons can also give you the skill to throw just about anything else you can get your hands on. The nice part of this is, you get automatic feedback when the knife sticks right where you wanted it to go.

 

Sheaths

 

The Easy Stick Pro is supplied with a simple leather belt sheath. It is a softer leather but it will do. I also have a prototype Kydex Sheath that is excellent and can be used as a belt sheath or neck sheath. There are plans to have the Kydex sheaths in full swing so you should be able to get one as I write this.

 

I had some fun

 

I have had a terrific time with this throwing knife. I was very rusty when I started out and just remembered to follow the guidelines and starting thumping a dying tree with it.

 

If you follow the directions, you will have success in the 90% + range with this knife. I’m not kidding you, it is excellent. A brilliant design. It’s a lot of fun and it is harmless fun too. This does not carry with it the stigma of “throwing knife nut in backyard” but “pub dart thrower.”

 

Even I tried to throw it the way I wanted to in the beginning with bad results. When I followed the directions, this thing hums through the air and lands with a resounding thunk.

 

The Easy Stick Pro is available for $24.95 at:

 

http://www.accuflightinc.com/

 

Let them know I sent you.

 

Don Rearic

 

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