IKTHOF Knife Rules
Throwers throw four rounds of three knives from each of five distances, for a total of 60 knives. Each round consists of three knives thrown from five distances moving back to the next distance after each three knives have been thrown.First minimum distance of 2 meters three knives thrown by the blade, second minimum distance of three meters thrown by the handle,Third three knives thrown by the blade from a minimum distance of 4 meters ,Fourth three knives from a minimum distance of 5 meters by the handle, fifth three knives from a minimum distance of 6 meters by the blade. The thrower must throw the next 15 knives from the same distances three more times for a complete 60 knives. No more than three after each three knives thrown by the designated Blade or handle from each distance .
Juniors (11 years and younger)
Handle Throw-One Spin - No minimum distance
Blade Throw-One and one-half spin - No minimum distance
Handle Throw-Two spins - No minimum distance
Youth (12-15 years old) Same rules as Adult's Division but no minimum distances.
Adults over 16
Blade Throw-Half Spin (2 meters) - (6 ft. 6 inches)
Handle Throw-Full Spin (3 meters) - (9 ft. 10 inches)
Blade Throw-One and one-half spin (4 meters) - (13 ft. 2 inches)
Handle Throw-Two spins (5 meters) - (16 ft. 5 inches)
Blade Throw-Two and one-half spins (6 meters) - (19 ft. 8 inches)
IKTHOF Tomahawk Rules:
Tomahawks 4 rounds
Juniors (5-11) throw three distances. One spin hawk, one and a half spin hawk, and two spin hawk for a maximum of 180 points.
Youth (12-15) Youths may go to any distance for all 15 hawks per round. Maximum of 300 points
Adults 16 and over - Throwers throw four rounds of three hawks from each of five distances, for a total of 60 hawks.Each round consists of 15 tomahawks, three hawks thrown from each distance, three hawks at one spin at a minimum distance of 3 meters;
three hawks at one and a half spins from a minimum distance of 4 meters;
three hawks at two spins from a minimum distance of 5 meters;
three hawks at two and a half spins from a minimum distance of 7 meters;
and three hawks at three spins from a minimum distance of 9 meters. Maximumof 300 points.
Official IKTHOF Regulations
Three targets will be mounted perpendicular to the thrower, (e.g., against a wall or backstop) in a "V" pattern. The upper left and right targets are centered 152 centimeters or 60 inches from the ground and the center target is centered 127 centimeters or 50 inches from the ground. Each target will be a log round at least 50 centimeters or 20 inches in diameter. A 10 centimeter bulls-eye is placed in the center of each target and then 4 larger rings around it measuring 20, 30, 40, and 50 centimeters.
Throwers throw one knife each at the three targets in a "V" pattern: top left-center-top right. The first knife thrown only counts if it sticks in the upper left target; the second knife only counts if it sticks in the center target, and the last knife must stick the upper right target. Knives that stick in targets out of this order do not count. Knives cannot be pulled until all three knives are thrown and scored at each distance.
Knives must be no shorter than 30.5 centimeters or 12 inches, no longer than 40.6 centimeters or 16 inches, and must have a point on only one end. One set of knives, of uniform shape, material and weight must be used for each test. Knives may not be exchanged during a test unless the replacement is of the same type. Throwers may use a different set of knives for each separate test.
Tomahawks - An axe defined as a tomahawk shall be describes as:
Hawk handles must be a be at least 35.6 cm or (14 inches) in length from the pole of the hawk head to the bottom of the handle.
Hawk blade's cutting edge must measure no more than 11.4 cm or (4.5 inches).
Throwers may lean in, but the thrower's feet after follow-through must remain behind the minimum mark for each distance; if any part of a thrower's foot crosses the line the knife/hawk will not count, and may not be re-thrown. Knives/hawks will be scored as they stick (they will not be moved or "straightened" for scoring). Only knives/hawks sticking point first in the face of a target at the time of scoring are counted; knives/hawks that fall out before scoring do not count.
Scoring is as follows: Five points for the bulls-eye of 10 centimeters, four points for the ring of 20 centimeters, three points for the ring of 30 centimeters, two points for the ring of 40 centimeters, and one point for the outer ring of 50 centimeters.
If the point of the knife/hawk is not in the face of the target, even if the blade of the knife cleaves the edge of the circle, it does not count.
The state or country representative present is the final arbiter of the score of a knife/hawk. Instances where the call seems to be a "toss up" should be decided in favor of the thrower.
The point of the weapon must penetrate the target in order to count, and the highest ring penetrated by the weapon will be the score. After a thrower has finished throwing all three knives from the appropriate
distance, a range official will approach the targets and call out the scores as they determine they exist. The score keeper will record the score and then the thrower will be allowed to retrieve their weapon. The thrower will then move back to the next distance. Only three knives from 4each distance can be thrown. If the range officer cannot determine the score, they will call for another official to confer with over the score. Their decision is final and will be carefully considered to ensure a fair and accurate tournament.
For the World Championships Knife and Hawk total scores will be added at the end of the tournament and each thrower will be placed in a division according to the following schedule
0-99 Novice Division
99-199 Intermediate Division
200-300 Expert Division
0-99 Novice Division
99-199 Intermediate Division
200-300 Expert Division
Bob Karp Master of The Blade Gold Cup Knife throwing Rules:
The IKTHOF Bob Karp master of the Blade Gold Cup tournament will use a double elimination system to determine a winner in a fair and equitable manner. Each thrower will throw the same three knives for each distance: ½ spin (2meters 6ft.6 inches min.) by the blade, 1 spin (3 meters 9ft 10 inches11 ft. min.) by the handle, 1 ½ spin (4 meters 13 ft 2 inches. min.) by the blade, 2 spins ( 5 meters 16 ft. 5 inches. min.) by the handle, 2 ½ spins ( 6 meters 19 ft.8 inches min.) by the blade, and 3 spins ( 7 meters 23 ft. min.) by the handle.
Targets will have 10 cm or 4 inch center (worth 5pts.), 20mm ring (worth 4pts.), a 30cm outer ring (worth 3pts.). A 40 cm ring worth 2 points and a 50 cm ring worth 1 point. Knives are scored as they stick, and each thrower must have 3 knives of the same length and style.
Dr. Ted Eisenberg Gold Cup tomahawk throwing rules
The IKTHOF Dr. Ted Eisenberg Gold Cup tournament will use a double elimination system to determine a winner in a fair and equitable manner. Each thrower will throw the same three Tomahawks for each distance: 1 spin (3 meters.) handle down blade facing forward before the throw, 1 ½ spin (4 meters.) handle up blade facing backwards before the throw, 2 spins ( 5 meters.) handle down blade facing forward before the throw, 2 ½ spins ( 7 meters ) handle up blade facing backwards before the throw, and 3 spins ( 9 meters.) handle down blade facing forward before the throw..
Targets will have 10 cm or 4 inch center (worth 5pts.), 20cm ring (worth 4pts.), a 30cm outer ring (worth 3pts.). A 40 cm ring worth 2 points and a 50 cm ring worth 1 point. Tomahawks are scored as they stick, and each thrower must have 3 Tomahawks of the same length and style.
The way we play the Gold Cup which is the most intense throwing imaginable. It is one person against another and can be very stressful. We draw numbers and 1 goes against 2 3 against 4 and so on until you have the group divided into a group of winners and a group of first loss. You keep playing and each time someone loses twice they are out until two people are left one from the losers bracket and one from the winners bracket the winner has to win once the loser has to beat the person from the winner area twice. There is no other knife game that can come close to this in displaying skill level, consistency of a thrower and the best thrower in the world comes out on top of this contest. This year that is Mikhail Sedychev for knives and Werner Lengmuller for hawks.
Long Distance Knife
Throwers will qualify from beyond the 5 meter or 16 ft. 5 inch line. One stick out of three knives is required to continue. All throwers will have numbers. The lowest qualifying number will throw first and will throw three knives at the target from beyond the highest distance of the longest qualifying throw. One knife of the three is all that is required to set a new distance. The next qualifier will throw beyond that distance until a winner is determined.
Long Distance Hawk
Throwers will qualify from beyond to 7 meter line. One stick out of 3 Hawks is required to continue. All throwers will have numbers. The lowest qualifying number will throw first and will throw three Hawks from beyond the highest distance of the longest qualifying throw. One Hawk of the three is all that is required to set a new distance. The next qualifier will throw beyond that distance until a winner is determined.
Two throwers will start and both hands must be held shoulder high in front of the thrower. Upon the command GO each thrower will pull his or her knife from the belt around the throwers waist and throw at the target in front of them. The first knife to hit the target successfully will win. Throwers will continue to throw until one of the contestants sticks the knife in the target. The loser of the competition between the two contestants is then out of the contest. The winner of the two contestants will then move to the back of the line of waiting throwers. At no time can any thrower change position in the waiting line after the range master has placed you in line or after you have won a heat. To do so would mean disqualification.
The thrower will on the command of GO throw as many knives into a single target as possible from the half spin distance in a total of 20 seconds
The throwers will throw on a flat board around a paper cut out mannequin. There are 15, 4 inch bull’s eyes around the mannequin. The thrower must start on the lower left bull’s eye and progress up and hit each consecutive bull’s eye. If a thrower misses a bull’s eye the next bull’s eye must be thrown at. In other words if a thrower is throwing at the number two bull’s eye or the second bull’s eye from the bottom and misses he must now throw at the next bull’s eye to score. Total amounts of points is 75, there are 5 points for each bulls eye hit in the proper order.
Texas Three step
A Bowie knife or period knife with a minimum length of 12 inches will be required for the knife throw. The knife handle must be made of leather, wood or bone. Each participant will throw at one throwing block with the standard IKTHOF point scoring. The thrower will throw 3 knives from sheath to target from 1spin behind the 3 meter mark, each participant will then move to the two spin behind the 5 meter mark and throw 3 knives sheath to target. Each participant will then move behind the 7 meter mark and throw three knives sheath to target. Any throw offs will be judged from the two spin or beyond the 5 meter mark with a total of three knives. Once the thrower has started his/her throw with his/her hand on the handle the throw must be a fluent motion never stopping until the knife has left the throwers hand. One warning will be given should the knife stop and not be thrown in one continuous motion. Upon being told the second time by the judge the score will not count if there is any hesitation in the throw. From sheath to target throwing must be accomplished in one continuous motion. Total amount of points 45.
Walk Across Texas
A Bowie knife or period knife with a minimum length of 12 inches will be required for the knife throw. The handle or scales of the knife must be made out of leather, wood or bone. Each participant will throw at one throwing black starting on the left hand side. The participant will pull his knife when requested to do so and the knife will be replaced by a golf T by the scorer. The next knife to be thrown is to the right of the golf T. If any part of the blade of the knife is in a vertical line with the golf T the thrower is out. If at any time during an attempt the knife does not stay in the target the thrower is out. If at any time the thrower pulls out the knife before being requested to do so the thrower is out.
Mike "Alamo" Bainton