This knife flies with its tip facing the target due to the gyroscopic effect of the spin around its longitudinal axis (as a rifle bullet does).
The apprenticeship time is short, varying between 5 minutes and an hour average ( although there is who does it right the first time and who never learns how to do it correctly).
Working range: from one upon 40 meters, depending on the thrower's strength and skills.
It also can be thrown easily in the classic way, with the grip at blade or at the handle.
Also, with the spineless Ralph Thorn's style.
HOW TO HOLD IT : as you see at the attached video
Introduce your index finger as per (Fig.a) , and avoid contact with between your index finger tip and the support located at its right side.
•HOW IT WORKS : once the knife is resting on the index finger tip, it slips up due to the centrifugal force; the friction between the tip and the resting surface generates the spin, this spin stabilizes the knife's flight.
•HOW TO THROW IT :
As you do with a rock: kindly, you can practice by throwing a few rocks and pay your attention to the release instant, which is the instant in which you release your thumb and middle finger and the stones sticks to your index finger tip .
there are three, very simple ones:
1-Arm relaxed 2-FIND THE RELEASE INSTANT 3-Let it slip.
CLARIFICATIONS TO THE THROWING INSTRUCTIONS
•ARM RELAXED: Relax your arm and wrist as when you throw a stone gently, reaching a ballistic path.
•FIND THE RELEASE INSTANT : The instant that you start with the wrist's lash, is the release instant; pay all your attention to it, if you release too early the knife will face towards the right, if too late, it will face towards the left.
•LET IT SLIP : The knife must escape from the hand slipping onto the index finger tip, don't hinder this action; the more the knife spins, the more stable it will fly. In the meantime push till the knife leaves your finger.
If just leaving your hand the knife...
•...aims towards the right: Delay the release instant and/or move your finger to the right
•...aims towards the left: Bring forward the release moment and/or move the finger to the left.
•After the releasing point finish the hand movement with decision.
•We don't recommend at all starting your apprenticeship throwing the gyro knife against a tree.
From 8 meters distance, pointing at a tree is a matter of accuracy, this is exactly the opposite way of a good apprenticeship, because you have to pay all your attention to the release instant.
•First learn how to throw and then go for accuracy; start with a big target 1'5 x 1'5 yards or even bigger.
•In the videos you'll find shots from 40 meters and true arrow shots from 10 meters distance to the target.
•When throwing, don't worry about keeping the tip of the knife directed always to the target; when flying, the knife corrects itself, if it's spinning like a bullet.
•Use a target big enough; dashboard plywood 1'2 x 2'4 m and 16 mm in thickness works really well.
•Stand about 12 paces from the target; it´s a good distance for learning.
•Feel the knife's weight, get used to the sensation of its weight.
•Start throwing upwards (as a ballistic throw) and gradually throw straight to the target.
•If the knife is thrown with the right hand, the blade's sharp edge must face downwards. If thrown with the left hand the sharp edge must face upwards.