Straight vs Curved Blades for Axe Throwing

Which is the better blade for axe throwing, a straight or curved blade? This is a question that has been asked by many people, and there is no one definitive answer. In this blog post, we will explore the pros and cons of each type of blade, and then you can decide which is the best for you.

Axe throwing is a sport that has been around for centuries. It is a test of strength, accuracy, and precision. Many people enjoy the challenge of trying to hit a small target with an axe. To be able to rise to the challenge though you need to know what the best throwing axe options is for you. There are two main types of axes used in axe throwing, straight blades, and curved blades. Each type of blade has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Why Blade Shape Matters for Axe Throwing

The shape of the blade on your axe is one of the many factors that can affect your performance when throwing an axe. The type of blade you use can affect the spin, rotation, and flight of the axe. It is important to find an axe that has a blade that works well for your individual throwing style.

There are two main types of axe blades, straight and curved. Each type of blade has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Straight Blades:

This one is pretty easy a straight blade is … you guessed it straight. That means there are no specific parts of the blade that are closer to the board if it was to land flat on a target. There are tons of popular throwing axes that have straight blades like the axe gang.

Advantages:

  • Easier for sticking into new boards if you have a proper rotation on your throw because you have a more precise point edge sticking into the boards.
  • A straight blade is easier to sharpen because it has a more consistent edge.
  • Straight blades can be better for precision because they have a smaller surface area that makes contact with the target.

Disadvantages:

  • To get their maximum benefit you need to have good consistent control of your rotation on your axe throw.
  • If the blade lands flat on the board you are more likely to have a bounce out because it’s a larger surface areas and less precise point of pressure.

Curved Blades:

Simply put it is a blade that is curved, with the furthest pint away from the handle being in the middle of the blade instead of equidistant with a curve that goes from the top to the bottom of the blade. There are tons of popular curved blade axes like the flying fox.

Advantages:

  • I’ve found that curved blades stick well even into very chewed up boards.
  • Since they have a point in the middle of the blade that focuses the pressure they can be very good for clutches or kill shots where you want the blade to land flat.

Disadvantages:

  • Can bounce out of new boards because they have more surface area hitting the board so there is less focused pressure to pierce the wood.

There is one more disadvantage about curved blades I want to talk about BUT I think this really is personal preference. I have found that for me curved blades bleed more so when I hit a bullseye I’m more likely to have bleed into a 3. This normally isn’t a big deal unless you are playing premier axe throwing rules where there needs to be 0 bleed to count as a bullseye.

There are a lot of other factors that can contribute to this like axe head weight, size, and throw. Which is why I wanted to provide that caveat.

My Blade Shape Preferance

Straight Blade

I think it’s pretty clear from this post that I prefer a straight blade. I think it has a lot of benefits that allow a experienced axe thrower to take advantage of, that will improve their performance that a beginner might not be able to utilize. In my opinion it provides more flexibility for example on my clutch throws I can move slightly forward changing my rotation so it lands flat on the board increasing my changes of hitting a clutch. Where as if I’m throwing in a premier league I can back stand slightly further back and only have the top corner of the axe land making it much less likely to bleed because there is less axe in the board.

Curved Blade

Now I don’t dislike curved blades and I would never say to avoid them some of the most expensive throwing axes in the world are curved blades and there is a reason for that because they can be some of the best quality axes on the market. I think that curved blades are fantastic and really don’t have any noticeable downsides beyond some very specific circumstances for competitive axe throwing that I’ve highlighted. Plus most of those downsides more skilled axe throwers are easily able to negate.

Conclusion

I want to make something clear while I prefer straight blades I’ve seen hundreds of better throwers than me exclusively use curved blades. I don’t think there is a “wrong” choice. There is your own preference. The purpose of this blog is to help you figure out what your preference could be by laying out the advantages and disadvantages that I have found of each type of blade.

So go out there are try some out and next time you see me at a tournament, let me know just how wrong I am or what a genius I am.

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