I started throwing in 2011 after finding Knife Club online. I’ll never forget my first visit to Pontefract: coming away with an aching arm and a grin from ear to ear. The next day I made two flat bar knifes and put up some targets. Soon after I had friends wanting to learn, so a few targets soon turned into a range! In 2011 I attended my first competition at Knife Club and won long distance hawk – earning me my throwing name, “Dan the Man”!
I’m very proud to have set up the 2nd official KATTA range in the UK at Woodend Target Sports. And I soon passed John’s KATTA Instructor Course. In 2012 I also became a Master knife throwing instructor, under the IKTHOF.
I have traveled to Europe to take part in Eurothrower’s tournaments and in 2015, with John and Richard, ran the Eurothrowers World Championships at Woodend. We have just run the first ever official UK National Championships 2017.
From the first flat bar knives I made in 2011, I have made many more since – moving onto setting up my own blacksmithing forge. In 2015, master knife maker Joe Darrah came to our World Championship throw and I was lucky enough to spend time with him in my workshop working on KATTA knives.
Knife Throwing Resume
2011 2nd UK KATTA Tournament
1st Place Long Distance Hawk | 3rd Place Half Spin
2012 3rd UK KATTA Tournament
1st Place Anything Throw | 3rd Place 7m Hawk
2013 4th UK KATTA Tournament
3rd Place 5m Hawk
2014 Milton Keynes Tournament
1st Place 5m Hawk | 1st Place Flying Angel
2015 Woodend Spring Fling, Huthwaite, UK
1st Place Speed Throw | 1st Place Long Distance | 3rd Place 5m Hawk
2015 6th UK KATTA Tournament
1st Place Anything Throw | 1st Place Speed Throw | 1st Place Long Distance Knife | 2nd Place 5m Hawk | 3rd Place Flying Angel 1 spin
2016 Woodend Spring Fling, Huthwaite, UK
3rd Place 3m Knife | 2nd Place 4m Hawk | 2nd Place Silhouette | 3rd Place Long Distance Hawk
2016 7th UK KATTA Tournament
1st Place speed throw | 1st Place 3m Knife | 2nd Place 5m Hawk
2017 1st UK National Tournament, Huthwaite, UK
2017 Eurothrowers European Championships, Alsómocsolád, Hungary
2018 KATTA UK National Tournament, Huthwaite, UK
2018 Eurothrowers World Championships, Rýmařov, Czech Republic