Throwing axes have quite the history. Once being a commonly used weapon, they are now popular as a recreational sport similar to throwing knives. They may be seen in competitions today and many more people just use then as a sort of hobby. The fact that throwing axes are pretty easy to throw accurately make them really popular. Most people get the hand of it within 4-5 throws.
Throwing axes are a little different than regular axes. They are usually one solid piece and perfectly weighted for throwing purposes. If you are considering taking up the art of axe throwing, or maybe you already have and just want to find a better throwing axe, there are a few factors to consider when buying one. These will help you weed through all the other axes and find one good for throwing.
Factors to Choose a Throwing Axe
The more simple the better for throwing axes, unless you are just
collecting them. Especially if you are just starting out, you want to go with a design that does not have a bunch of spikes and edges that can get caught on your hand or other things. You also want to go with a one piece throwing axe. A throwing axe with a seperate handle has more chance of breaking or becoming unevenly weighted. I personally prefer a simple all steel axe. It looks cool and works extremely well for throwing. Also consider the shape of the handle, a curved handle will have more of a chance of hitting your hand when you throw it. A straight handle will allow the bit edge to get more rotations without interference.
Like throwing knives, a throwing axe should be balanced so that the head will hit your target more often than the handle. Besides balance you need to consider the weight of the axe. The heavier the axe the further it will go, but it will take more force. A throwing axe that is too lite will take less power to throw but will have to have more accuracy because it has a chance to wabble in the air. A good starting weight would be about 200 g, this will be a good balanced hit from a decent distance.
Like just about anything, you get what you pay for. The more expensive the axe, the more likely it will work right. Beware of collector throwing axes though, they will not throw as well but will look really cool. A less expensive axe has a high chance of bending or breaking and once an edge bends the axe is basicly useless. I would say spend at least $15 on your throwing axe.
There are many throwing axes out there to choose from but once you go through these factors you'll find that your choices go way down. Many proffesionals spend quite a bit more money and have their personal throwing axe hand made to fit them. If you are not competeing or are just starting out there is no need to spend that much on a throwing axe. Surprisingly, after you get your axe you will find that throwing an axe is really not that hard. Most people get the axe to stick within 4 or 5 throws.