FAQ

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Overview of our operation

  • Knives are produced in batches.
  • Each batch is unique and limited.
  • When batches become available, those on the email list are notified.
  • When batches sell out, production of that model is paused indefinitely.
  • We can’t provide predictions about future batches, except what is communicated on the News page and in the mass emails.
  • All orders are assigned a clearly communicated ship date.
  • On the ship date, a tracking email is sent and your package departs.

Are prices for a single item or a set?

All prices are per single item. We strive to offer the best value in throwing knives that are US-made from virgin steel. If you find a better deal, let us know!


Is there a price discount? Is a sale happening soon?

No, all customers are treated equally. Our knives are not mass-produced, and prices are carefully set as low as possible with no budget for marketing or discounts. Shipping is flat-rate, which provides a small benefit when multiple items are purchased in one order. We are confident that our work is worth the asking price.


When will my order ship?

Each product page displays a ready-to-ship date. Orders are assigned a scheduled ship date, which is shown at every stage of the checkout process and on the order confirmation email. Tracking emails are sent on the scheduled ship date.


What is the ready-to-ship date? Is this date accurate?

To ensure that we are meeting your expectations, each product page displays a ready-to-ship date. Orders are assigned a scheduled ship date, which is shown at every stage of the checkout process and on the order confirmation email. Tracking emails are sent on the scheduled ship date. If the ready-to-ship date is weeks away, it means there is a queue of people who have already ordered. The date is accurate. The products are literally and physically in stock.


Can I buy a product that is sold-out or unlisted?

Currently we are not accepting custom orders, and many products are not in production. If a product is not sold-out or unlisted, it is not available for purchase. See the news page for product availability details and predictions.


Do you have a physical storefront? Is there a distributor of Flying Steel knives near me?

No, this website is the only place to purchase new Flying Steel gear.


Do you ship to my country? What is the shipping fee?

We are located in the USA. We ship worldwide. Shipping is flat-rate – $10 to the US, $30 to Canada, and $50 everywhere else. See shipping and ordering for more details.


When will a sold-out item be available again? Can you notify me when something is available?

We can’t provide predictions about future batches, except what is communicated on the News page and in the mass emails. We do not accept reservations or pre-orders. We can’t provide personalized predictions or notifications. The only way to be notified of new product availability is to sign up for the email list.


Why are designs changing and often unavailable?

Knives are produced with a batch-by-batch production strategy. Price, availability, steel grade, steel thickness, weight, design shape, and all other parameters are subject to change with each batch. There is almost always a lapse of availability between batches. The only sure way to build a matching set of knives is to purchase from one batch.

Generally, our knife designs are ‘calibrated’, which means the shape is adjusted to achieve a particular target weight and balance, regardless of steel thickness. The weight of each knife is a direct and intentional design goal – in other words, if a knife weighs 235 grams, it’s because we’ve carefully designed it to be 235 grams. For example, we have produced some Arrow knives with a wide handle and others with a narrow handle – both versions have the same overall length, weight, and approximate balance; but one version is wider because the steel is slightly thinner.


What knives do you recommend?

We are known for making the best no-spin throwing knives in the world, and generally the knives in our current offering are the knives that are considered the most popular by our customers. The buyer is encouraged to read about the various styles of no-spin knife throwing and select one style that is appealing. The throwing style will determine the ideal knife length and balance, and a suitable knife can then be selected. Most of our knives are 10 to 11 inches long because this size is compatible with most no-spin throwing styles. When in doubt, select the knife that is visually appealing and available.


Can you (or I) sharpen the edges of a Flying Steel knife?

Flying Steel knives are made to withstand the abusive nature of knife throwing. The steel hardness and bevel grind angle are optimized for maximum toughness and safety rather than slicing or edge-holding ability. We do not offer sharp edges. See use and care info for more details.


What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept credit cards, PayPal, and US money orders. See shipping and ordering for more details.


What should I use as a target?

End-grain soft wood makes the best target. Log slices (also known as log rounds) are cheap and easy if you have access to them, but are prone to splitting. Block targets are better because they allow for maintenance and restoration, but they are heavy and laborious to make.

Face-grain soft wood is also good, and a panel made from wood boards is perfect as a backdrop or support for an end-grain target.

Plywood and hard wood (e.g. oak, maple) should be avoided.

Knifethrowing.info has a lot of information on targets. This vid shows how to build a face-grain target. Vids that show how to make a block target can be seen here, here, and here.