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The World's Largest Competitive Knife & Tomahawk Throwing Organization
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COMPETITION RULES

Learn the official rules and regulations that make IKTHOF’s Knife & Tomahawk throwing competitions the best and the safest.

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KNIFE RANKINGS

Click here to see the listing of the top competitive knife throwers in the IKTHOF

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TOMAHAWK RANKINGS

Click here to see the listings of the top competitive tomahawk throwers in the IKTHOF

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MEMBERSHIP

List of IKTHOF Members from all over the world

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Mission and History
Why knife and tomahawk throwing?

  • The Mission of the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame is: To honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to knife and tomahawk throwing, knife making and education of the public in support of knife throwing.   To preserve professional knife and tomahawk throwing historic documents and artifacts.   To educate the public regarding the origin, development and growth of knife and tomahawk throwing as an important part of the American culture. To promote the positive values of the sport.

  • Hall of Fame was opened in September 2003.   In 2008, the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame celebrates it sixth year of excellence in honoring the legends and preserving the history of knife throwing.  Throughout the 6th anniversary, the Hall of Fame will conduct special events celebrating its storied past while promoting the organization’s exciting future.   Since opening in 2003, the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame has grown in both size and stature.  Expansion of the building began in 2006, and renovations, including a major exhibit gallery, were completed in 2008.  Together, these improvements have transformed the original 400 square foot Hall of Fame into an exciting 900 square foot internationally recognized institution.  Today, the Hall of Fame stands as a shining tribute to the men and women who have made professional knife throwing one of America’s most upcoming and ever increasing popular sport.   The International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame is located in Austin, Texas, at 10203 Old Manchaca Road, in the southwest corner of the city just off Interstate Highway 35, 4 miles west on Slaughter Lane.

  • The International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame is located in Austin, Texas for three primary reasons:   1.  The IKTHOF was founded in Austin in September 2003.   2.  Austin, Texas, dubbed the “Knife Throwing Capitol of the World” in December of 2002 by throwers attending one of the largest conventional throws ever held in the U.S. up to that date.  Called the Central Texas Knife and Hawk Championship at the South Austin Karate Studio which houses the IKTHOF.   3.  Upon establishing a board of 20 professional knife throwers, Mike “Alamo” Bainton with their guidance, established rules for professional knife and tomahawk throwing, which is the standard by which knife throwing the world over is judged.  Publications such as Guinness Book of World Records, newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S. call upon the IKTHOF and its Founder for validation and accuracy of knife and tomahawk accomplishments in the world of family recreational and competition knife throwing. IKTHOF provides a positive influence and professional service to its members.  The Association is dedicated to increasing the communication, education, and recognition of all Knife throwers.  The IKTHOF has an open membership policy.  It is designed to service the varied needs and interests of members from all Knife Throwing styles. The IKTHOF membership registration will be maintained at the headquarters in Austin, Texas.  One of the IKTHOF’s current mandates is to establish standards for knife throwing by which knife throwers can be ranked in documented competitions recognized by professional throwers. Convention attendees seeking team building skills and group fun activities as well as companies looking for an unusual activity to entertain their employees and their guests have sought out our instructors for onsite training at either their facility, or ours.

  • * The official IKTHOF training center was recently moved (2017) to Las Vegas, NV and is located at the Superhero Foundry operated by IKTHOF inductee and Board member, Melody Joy Cuenca and her husband Dr. TJ Cuenca. The climate controlled, indoor range has six lanes and 22 targets, including two specifically for timed Quick Draw events. This range was also the venue of two IKTHOF US Nationals and will continue to host events as well as provide credentialing and training of competitors and instructors of IKTHOF. In addition to knife and tomahawk throwing, the Las Vegas location also teaches bullwhip, gun spinning, Filipino Martial Arts, edged weapons and more. The IKTHOF Las Vegas Training facility will be adding the use of more electronic scoring, recording equipment, and advanced software to bring the sport of knife throwing further into mainstream sports.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

IKTHOF Management Team

Dr. Michael ‘Alamo’ Bainton

Founder / Executive Director
The Guinness Book of Records, many magazine articles and newspapers throughout the U.S. recognizes Mike “ Alamo “ Bainton  as the most prolific Knife and Hawk thrower in the history of the sport, winning more documented world titles & first place wins in major competitions with 20 or more world class throwers than anyone.

Ward ‘Hightower’ Wright

International Executive Director
Multiple time World Champion, Ward ‘Hightower’ Wright is from Pembroke, Ontario, Canada and he hosts both the IKTHOF Canadian Nationals and the IKTHOF World Championships at his home at Wright Gully Farm & Throwing Club.

JACK DAGGER

Executive Director
Jack Dagger: The King of Fling is a world renowned knife throwing comedian, inducted into the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame as a Living Legend, won several World Championships, and has invented the first new knife throwing stunt in almost a hundred years: The Jack Knife – Cucumber Slice (as Seen on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien).

Melody Joy Cuenca

Records Management
Melody Joy ‘Montana Hale’ Cuenca is a three-time inductee into the IKTHOF and is currently the highest ranked, and most well-traveled female competitive thrower in the world having competed in the US, Canada, France, England, Italy, and soon in Hungary. She’s also a Board member for the Eurothrow Organization.

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