From Vertical opening
This is a good technique to toss into your freestyle repertoire. The use of movement before the throw takes a little getting used to, but once mastered, you’ll find the spin speed of your throws increasing. That will make this beast a little easier to manage.
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1. Start in the forward grip closed position, latch handle down.
2. Perform a basic vertical opening until……
8. ……here. At the point of the second ricochet (off the index finger)………
9.……..place your thumb square on the back of the handle, pointing forward (parallel with the handle). This will ensure that you have a good set-up for the throw.
10. And release……..the set-up is important to ensuring the trueness of the rotation. That is to say, the knife won’t wobble uncontrolably, side to side, while in the air.
11Keep the hand in the exact same place as when you released, then………..
14. ………the handle your going to catch is going to come around, RIGHT AFTER THE BLADE. Notice in the picture how close it actually is. At this point just prior to the catch, the latch handle coming over the top will whip the blade out of the way.
15. This is why it’s important not to move your hand from the point of the throw. The timing and positioning, is very important to a successful catch
16. Finish in the forward grip, open position.
I usually stick to one rotation in the air with throwing techniques. They’re much more consistant in their motion and therefore easier to judge on the catch.