Throwing knives are not as easy to find as pocket and folding knives. We carry them, and we encourage all our dealers who already sell knives to do the same. Throwing knives are a niche product with a very loyal customer base. Market these knives in the right way and you should have no problem moving them.
A throwing knife is a unique, and specially-designed knife crafted for a specific purpose. A key component in its design is weight. One that is too light will wobble in-flight, thus affecting accuracy. One that is too heavy will be equally hard to control because it will inhibit a smooth throwing action.
A good throwing knife design incorporates a smooth handle that affords a good grip without any risk of the handle getting stuck on release. Blades generally have sharp points for penetration but dull blades for safety. The knives also tend to have an ergonomic design to improve flight accuracy.
Note that these knives are not toys. Even though blade edges are dulled for safety, a person could still be seriously injured or killed by misusing a throwing knife. These knives should be treated with the same amount of respect and care given to any other knife in the Safety Technology inventory.
The exact origins of the throwing knife are not clear. However, history does show the use of wooden throwing sticks in Egypt in the first century BC. Whether or not the sticks were primary weapons is not known. It is believed that throwing sticks were converted to metal knives at whatever point armies began using metals to fashion more deadly weapons.
Historians believe that throwing knives common to Asian cultures were birthed from Japanese shurikens (throwing stars). There is evidence that Japanese samurai used both throwing stars and knives together. However, neither one was designed to be a primary weapon. Throwing knives and stars were intended to be distractions that would induce fear in combatants, allowing the Japanese soldier to gain close quarters more quickly.
In central Africa, there are records of throwing knives as early as 1,000 BC. Records dating from the first century A.D. indicate that some African tribes used throwing knives as their primary weapons. Europeans visiting Central Africa began collecting the knives and bringing them back to Europe. Thus, the African throwing knife made it to the West.
Today, throwing knives are rarely used as weapons. They are primarily for knife-throwing competitions, hunting, and entertainment here in the US. The diminished use of throwing knives as weapons is directly related to the tremendous amount of skill necessary to do it effectively. In an age of modern weaponry, it is just not worth it to learn how to use a throwing knife for military purposes.
The history of throwing knives is such that people have been making and selling them for hundreds of years. You may not make the knives yourself, but you can certainly make money selling them. This is a very lucrative product to combine with the rest of the knives in your inventory. Throwing knives are appreciated by knife collectors, sportsmen, and self-defense enthusiasts.
So how do you do it? By buying throwing knives wholesale from us then turning around and selling them in whatever way you deem best. A good way to use them to start a brand-new business is to sell them to friends and family by passing around our full-color catalog. Every Safety Technology dealer has access to the catalog through his or her online account. The catalog can be downloaded in full or customized to show only the products you want to sell.
Imagine a home-based party organized around our collection of knives, sold alongside things like pepper spray and stun guns. You could give a presentation about the history of throwing knives before you pass the catalog. Or perhaps you know someone who is a knife enthusiast, someone who could put together something for you.
The idea of a home-based party may sound strange as an avenue for selling knives, but why not? People use home parties to sell everything from cosmetics to plastic food containers and essential oils. Throwing knives are a fascinating topic to people who would not think twice about ordering one from a catalog at a home party.
The home party idea represents just one way you can sell these products. Some Safety Technology dealers have made knives, swords, and machetes a full-time enterprise. They have set up small shops downtown or in a local strip mall. They cater to people who have a particular fondness for bladed weapons.
In our 30+ years in the business, we have also seen plenty of dealers set up shop at local flea markets or gun shows. We personally love these local market events as a sales venue. Not only do they attract people just looking to spend, but they also attract the kinds of products and services you cannot find down at the local big box store. People looking for the unusual go to these events expecting to find it.
Throwing knives certainly qualify as being unusual. Like we said at the start of this article, they are not nearly as pervasive as pocket and folding knives. Your potential customers are not walking into the sports department of the big-box store and finding a case full of throwing knives. Set up shop at a flea market or gun show and it will not take long for those customers to find you.
In addition to opening a store or setting up shop at a flea market, you can sell throwing knives at gun shows, sporting good shows, self-defense exhibitions, and so forth. You can also sell online. A number of Safety Technology dealers have asked us to build full e-commerce websites for them. Then they sale exclusively through those sites.
We do not have to build your website if you prefer to do it yourself. Remember, you are building your own independent business on your terms. You have control over everything you do. You have every opportunity to sign up with a web hosting company, find a shopping cart and a credit card processor, and build your own site from scratch.
If you are going to do that, we recommend using a content management system like WordPress or Magento. A good content management system should support a number of different shopping cart extensions for full integration into your site without you needing to know much code. Creating product listings for your throwing knives is pretty easy in a CMS as well.
Those dealers who choose to sell in a live setting (strip mall, flea market, etc.) buy their stock from us and store it either on-site or in a separate facility. Should you decide to sell exclusively online, you can either buy your stock or take advantage of our dropshipping service. When you dropship, we stock the products for you.
Dropshipping is a concept that pairs your business with ours to get products into the hands of your customers. Rather than ordering 100 throwing knives to be delivered to your home for example, you order them one at a time – as your customers place orders with you. And rather than shipping to you, we ship to your customers.
Dropshipping throwing knives is a terrific way to start a new business without needing a huge financial investment. You will have to spend money to get your website up and running, but you will not have to stock your own warehouse. That will save you quite a bit. And no, we do not charge for our dropshipping service. We offer it free of charge in the hopes that it will help you succeed as a retailer.
Hopefully the information you have learned here has whet your appetite for selling throwing knives. Rest assured that your customers are out there, just waiting to find out what you’re selling. There is money to be made by selling our throwing knives to sportsmen, competitive throwers, knife collectors, and people who just enjoy different kinds of knives.
Your ability to succeed as a Safety Technology dealer rests solely in your desire to be successful and your willingness to work hard to make it happen. If you are ready to get started, complete and submit our online dealer application. It only takes a few minutes. Once you are approved, you’ll be ready to start selling throwing knives in whatever way you see fit. We will be here to back you up with great wholesale pricing, some valuable marketing tools, and the full support of the Safety Technology team.