Jason stops in to discuss professional knife throwing. Jason is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to blade fighting and blade fighting.
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John Bartolo interviews Jason Johnson
John has Jason Johnson on his show. Jason is a professional Combat Knife Thrower, Blade Concept & Design Consultant and Educator. They have an interesting talk on the basic principles of knife throwing, the various different kinds of blades, the different types of techniques, improvised weapons, edge geometry, heat treatment of blades, form and function.
Jason shows John the different blades he has with him on the show. He talks about how he makes his own blades. Jason explains how each knife could be used to attack, incapacitate, or kill depending on the situation.
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0:50—John starts the show by thanking the sponsors. He welcomes his guest Jason Johnson, professional Combat Knife Thrower, Blade Concept & Design Consultant and Educator.
1:52—John asks Jason how he became a knife thrower and how he trained.
2:45—Jason talks about competition throwing and combative application. His journey started at the age of 10, being influenced by martial arts movies, he started practicing knife throwing. He was completely self-taught.
8:45—John and Jason talk about the realistic knife throwing scenes in movies of today when compared to earlier movies.
10:04—Jason talks about the difference between throwing the knife on a live person’s skull versus a dead bone.
11:23—John asks Jason about teaching and conducting symposiums. Jason says that there are many people from all the regions that throw knives. It is an age-old craft.
12:18—John asks Jason what he would do if all he had was a knife and he was being attacked. Would he throw it on the attacker and lose his only weapon? Jason says that he does not tell people to lose their only weapon. But he would throw it on an attacker because he knows that he can plug him with his last knife and then run. He says that’s the only way that he can stop an attacker from chasing him.
13:27—Jason talks about improvised weapons and how anything can be used as a weapon if it is used in the proper way with the right force. It doesn’t have to be a blade.
14:50—John asks Jason about how he learnt to make knives. Jason talks about his friend Travis Watts who taught him.
17:20—John and Jason talk about axe throwing being a trend of late.
25:56—Jason talks about edge geometry.
26:25—John asks Jason what the tips are when buying a blade--EDC or Backpack. Jason says it is based on the purpose the blade will be used for.
29:19—John asks Jason what mistakes most people make when buying a knife. Jason says it comes down to form and function.
30:02—John asks Jason to suggest 3 brands that are serviceable. Jason names Tops Knives, Spyderco, Cold Steel.
34:15—Jason talks about heat treatment being an integral part of knife making. He stresses on the learning of metallurgy, doing testing and evaluation, getting into the R.A. Grange papers, and getting the documents and papers in order.
35:29—John and Jason discuss the Instagram influence.
42:30—John talks about shows being in jeopardy now due to the pandemic. Jason views his opinions about the pandemic, masks, social distancing etc.
45:09—John asks Jason about the kind of instructions to be given to new learners of blade and knife throwing. Jason again reaffirms the importance of form and function.
50:48—John and Jason talk about the importance of demos given to officers of the armed forces.
52:27—John asks Jason to let the audience know where they could reach him on Insta and other social media platforms.
53:30—John thanks the sponsors before ending the show.
4:14-- “My style of throwing is what I call Cut Projection.” Jason Johnson
14:00— “Learning how to throw has been something I was really intrigued to watch people do. To me it is something that’s built into the human structure, all the way back to the caveman days.” Jason Johnson
34:34-- “You can make the coolest knife in the world. But if the heat treatment sucks, you can use it as a wall hanger.” Jason Johnson
3:44-- “Keep it simple stupid. Form and Function is the way it is.” Jason Johnson
39:45-- “If you go to the same town Rambo went to, you might get into trouble!” John Bartolo
52:14— “Knowing the difference between a stab and how to cut and where to cut, is going to be the biggest difference in your blade manipulation.” Jason Johnson