The Perfect Point brand is a very reputable and well-known name in the throwing knives industry. Their Perfect Point PAK-712-12 throwing knife comes in a set of 12 stainless steel knives encased in a black nylon sheath for protection and safety while transporting. This product was manufactured in China, but it definitely doesn’t feel like it. These are all full tang blades, with each knife having a 4-inch long and 0.125-inch thick blade. The knife measures 8-1/2 inches in overall length.
The Perfect Point PAK-712-12 has a rating of 4.6/5 with a total of 1,430 reviews. That is quite an impressive figure, and it shows when you use the knife. The PAK-712-12 is a reasonably priced starter knife with great overall features and value for money.
What are our thoughts and first impressions of the product? Keep reading to find out.
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Perfect Point PAK-712-12 First Impressions
There are six silver blades and six black blades with a very sleek design inside the packaging. Each of these silver and black blades also features a hole in the handle for attaching a lanyard. The purchase does not contain any sort of wrapping so it may have to be bought separately as they feel relatively lighter.
The blade edge on the knives seems quite sharp. Sharp to the point that we would recommend dulling it out using a file before throwing it if you are a beginner. Otherwise, there may be safety risks. The black nylon sheath is very rugged and keeps them safe to carry and transport, something I did not expect from such a low-priced unit.
If you are just starting out in your knife-throwing journey. Investing in a premium knife may not be the best idea as you may be missing your targets and end up damaging the knife. Therefore, these stainless steel throwers are a 12-piece throwing knife set that you can use to comfortably practice at great value for money.
How I Reviewed the PAK-712-12
Having reviewed numerous knives from Perfect Point in this price range before, I knew what to expect from the PAK-712-12. However, I was pleasantly surprised during my 48-hour testing period with these knives.
Trying these knives out against numerous targets, and at numerous distances, I tried to keep the almost pathetically low price point in mind.
And I must say, I was thoroughly impressed by what the knives managed to provide at such a compelling price. With just a few modifications, this knife can be a lot better than it is out of the box.
How the PAK-712-12 Knife Set Compares
Great for All Throwing Styles, With a Little Modification
The PAK-712-12 is ideal for throwers practicing their form and technique. It works fairly well for both rotational throwing and the no-spin throwing technique. However, due to its lightweight and flimsy frame, it is not ideal for a no-spin throw from distances further out. The most appropriate method to counter this issue is to apply an inch thick linen strip wrapping over the handle. This increases the weight towards the handle end and makes it easier to throw.
Sticking it in is Problematic
The Perfect Point PAK-712-12 also tends to bounce off a lot because of its lower weight. It can often ricochet much further than the distance it is thrown from. Therefore, it should be handled and thrown with great caution and care. You may attempt throwing these at a slight angle downwards to avoid injury.
A Little Too Sharp for My Taste
The blades on this knife are fairly sharp and not necessary for throwing. Throwing knives only require a sharp tip to stab into the target and sink in. Therefore, before throwing, you would have to dull them out using a file, else they may pose a hazard and injure the thrower.
The tips on each of these knives may be a little fragile and can either bend or break off if not thrown correctly at the right angle. In case of bends, you should be able to hammer them back into shape. However, if the tip breaks off, you will have no choice but to purchase a new set. Thankfully, there are 12 knives in the pack, allowing you to break a few tips.
The Handle Seems Better With Wrapping
These knives, being very lightweight, are not perfect for throwing over longer distances. If you are looking to increase your range, you may need to add an inch wide linen strip and wrap it around the handle for added weight and a comfortable grip.
Alternatively, you may use a paracord for a cord-wrapped handle. This will allow for a much more superior grip. However, remember that a nylon handle or black cord-wrapped handle will both end up making the knife heavier towards the handle side and you may need to adjust your throwing style accordingly.
Is Perfect Point a Good Knife Brand?
Perfect Point is well-known for its value-focused entry-level knives. Its vast array of knives that differ in sizes, shapes, and types allow it to cater to a large userbase of knife enthusiasts. That said, its lower-end knives are often prone to quality control issues, leading users to complain about their durability. Still, for what they cost, Perfect Point is able to manufacture knives appreciated by throwers worldwide.
Perfect Point PAK-712-12 vs Perfect Point RC-179-3
Both the knives from Perfect Point are quite similar in length, with the RC-179-3 being a little more flash in its design. However, when push comes to shove, I found the PAK-712-12 to be a lot sharper and a lot more fragile, causing it to break much more easily.
That said, the RC-179-3 is overall a lot worse when it comes to throwing performance, and tends to suffer similar issues with the tips, although they are more likely to bend than break.
Perfect Point PAK-712-12 vs Perfect Point RC-595-3
The RC-595-3 Thunderbolt throwing knife comes in a pack of three with a black nylon sheath for carrying. It is a much shorter knife than both the knives mentioned earlier. It is also a lot lighter, allowing it to be thrown at breakneck speeds.
I found the RC-595-3 to have a much wider learning curve due to its size, shape, and speed. However, it is one of the more unique experiences in the world of knife throwing and can be a great break from the monotony of practice for professional throwers.