Knife Throwing Competition Around the World | World Knife Throwing League

Knife Throwing Competition Around the World

WHAT IS WKTL?

The vision of the World Knife Throwing League (WKTL) is to prove that knife throwing isn’t just a unique experience; it can be a competitive sport. 

We want to unite knife throwing facilities from around the world under one professional knife throwing association. We standardize the sport of knife throwing – from official league rules, a dedicated points tracking system, safety protocols, knife throwing techniques, and everything in between. 

Collaboration is what sets WKTL apart from our competitors. Our all-inclusive approach brings these facilities together and allows them the forum and voice to communicate with each other to establish standardized rules and regulations for this sport.

WKTL is here to promote the sport of knife throwing as a whole, while bringing together all knife throwing clubs from around the world. The prime directive of WKTL this year is to achieve the unprecedented; to host the first-ever worldwide knife throwing tournament!

WKTL IS THE LARGEST KNIFE THROWING ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD

WKTL is currently comprised of over 100 independent throwing venues, and growing rapidly.

Our venues are industry leaders, following WKTL’s guidelines on industry-leading safety standards, dedicated scoring software, and an active global leaderboard.

WKTL includes over thousand of throwers and growing every day. 

IF YOU SEE KNIFE THROWING ON ESPN, IT’S WKTL

Starting in 2022 at the US Open in Minneapolis, MN, WKTL will host the only dedicated knife throwing broadcast on ESPN. 

Our events will stream onto televisions and devices all across the world – earn your spot at the next televised tournament, find a league near you and start competing! 

HOW TO COMPETE

WKTL offers leagues and tournaments around the world for anyone to compete. For local leagues, use the link below to fine a venue near you hosting official WKTL leagues.

For tournaments, follow the link below to view our Tournament Calendar.

World's Bid Tournament
Tournament
League Season

SUMMARY OF WKTL RULES

Scoring

1 point for the outermost ring

2 points for the 2nd outermost ring

3 points for the 3rd outermost ring

4 points for the 4th outermost ring

5 points for the 5th outermost ring

6 points for the bullseye

8 points for the Killshots when activated and hit

GAMEPLAY

Each knife throwing match consists of 10 throws, in which throwers will switch sides after the first 5 throws. 

Each set of 5 throws are broken into two sets of throws: the first set consists of throwing 3 knives, the second set consists of throwing 2 knives. Once each set of throws is completed, a Judge will score the knives and throwers will retrieve them.

The winner of the match will be the person with the most points after all 10 throws. If there is a tie after 10 throws, there will be sudden death. In the event of a sudden death, throws must be taken from the 2nd Distance (15ft) and only Killshots (8 points) are active. For more in depth information regarding sudden death and all other knife throwing rules, please refer to our Official Rules Page.

YOUTUBE: TIPS AND TRICKS TO IMPROVE YOUR KNIFE THROWING GAME

Our YouTube Channel is the primary source for knife throwing content, how-to’s, tips and tricks, interviews with the pros, tournament footage, and more!

The WKTL YouTube channel is a one stop shop to take your game to the next level. 

WKTL APPROVED KNIVES

Only certain knives are legal for official competitions. Here you’ll find a short list of some of the most popular approved knives. 

NO MORE DROPS

WKTL’s profiled knives help you stick the knife to the board every time. No more worrying about not throwing hard enough. Our knives are meant to split wood, but WATL axes are meant to stick easily to boards.

SAFE THROWING

WKTL knives have been tested and developed with safety in mind, The lengths, weights, guards, are meticulously created to ensure that the tools used in the sport are the safest possible. We’ve also developed programs to help teach proper safe knife throwing instruction and coaching.

THROW LIKE THE PROS

WKTL knives are specifically engineered for knife throwers of all skill levels including the highest level of competition as seen on ESPN. They are also great for beginners who are looking to get started.


Check out the WKTL Store linked below for the full lineup of WKTL knives.

Highlander

Weight: 1.33lbs

Thickness: 0.21″

Overall Length: 14.625″

Blade Length: 4.0″

Blade Width: 0.13″

Guard Width: 4.36″

Steel Type: 3CR13 Stainless

Named after the people and warriors that hail from the Scottish Highlands, this knife is on of the longest knives in the WKTL roster. It has a distinct wide blade as well and a much more smooth design. This wide blade helps with the coverage of the target for more scoring area covered. 

Crusader

Weight: 1.3lb

Thickness: 0.235 in (6mm)

Overall Length: 14.5 in

Blade Length: 8.3 in

Blade Width: 1.87 in

Guard Width: 4.35 in

Steel Type: 3CR13 Stainless

Named after the medieval warriors from many cultures, this knife is slightly shorter than the Barbarian but has a bit more width and a much more smooth design. This smooth design helps with the penetration of the target and the width of the blade makes for a wider range of area to score on the targets as well. 

Blackhawk

Weight: 1.6lb

Thickness: 0.19 in (4.8mm)

Overall Length: 16 in

Blade Length: 9.25 in

Blade Width: 2.2 in

Guard Width: 4.7 in

Steel Type: 3CR13 Stainless

Named after the Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) this knife is broad like its namesake’s wingspan. Fashioned in a modified clip point blade style. This massive knife is the longest in the roster of WKTL knives and just under the weight limit for WKTL league specifications by .05lbs. The heaviest knife in the WKTL lineup, it’s a fan favorite due to the coverage the knife provides.

Merlin

Weight: 1.2lb

Thickness: 0.21 in (5.3mm)

Overall Length: 14.25 in

Blade Length: 7 in

Blade Width: 1.5 in

Guard Width: 4.7 in

Steel Type: 3CR13 Stainless


The Merlin is named after the falcon of the same name (Falco columbarius). Just like this well-regarded falconry bird, the Merlin knife is easy to control due to the weight ratio of the knife making it one of the most balanced knives in the lineup. The tip is fashioned with a needlepoint style for optimal wood penetration with proper rotation.

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