Let's Go and Throw Some Axes
February 11, 2019 12:20pm CST
There are places popping up all over the place that allow patrons to throw axes at wooden targets. I was surprised to learn that a young friend of ours, a very athletic young lady, had her bachelorette party at an axe-throwing, or hatchet-throwing, facility located in our area. Our son and his buddies took their good friend Nick to an axe-throwing facility located in a nearby Chicago suburb to celebrate Nick's birthday. Alcohol is allowed to be consumed at most axe-throwing facilities. Throwing axes and drinking alcoholic beverages just sounds like a recipe for disaster, but apparently not. The controlled environment and the axe-throwing "coaches" at the facility make sure everyone remains safe. Apparently, urban axe-throwing is all the rage these days. There are commercial axe-throwing facilities in Canada, the USA, the UK, and in other countries too. The National Axe Federation (NATF) reports that those folks who are having fun at axe-throwing facilities have thrown nearly 20 million axes to date. Axe-throwing facilities have heavy-duty walls, high ceilings, and chainlink fences that surround the target area's sides and top. Axe-throwers earn 5 points for a bullseye, 3 points for sticking their axe in the circle that surrounds the bullseye, and 1 point if the axe lands somewhere within the outer circle. If an axe-thrower announces that he or she is aiming for the "clutch," two green dots above the circles, that thrower gets 7 points if the axe sticks between those two green dots. 81 points is a perfect score for an axe-thrower, and that score is not easy to obtain. You can bring your own axe to an axe-throwing facility, however, the axe must be the size, length, and weight outlined by the The National Axe Federation (NATF). You can also rent an axe to use at the axe-throwing facility. Oh, joy!
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The last sentence surprises me. "You can also rent an axe to use at the axe-throwing facility." Does the word 'also' mean that the people who want to throw axes usually arrive with their own axes? I must say that the idea of people walking or driving around with an axe doesn't appeal to me.
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• United States
People do arrive with their own axes. There are axe-throwing leagues, and those who are in a league usually bring their own axes. Those new to axe-throwing rent axes the majority of the time. I would be worried that perhaps a person who was emotionally unstable would have an axe in hand.
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• United States
All axe-throwing facilities are run differently, so not sure which ones would award someone for 81 points. There is a World Axe Throwing Championship held, and monetary awards are given for those who score the highest. Championship throwers go over 200 points. Yep, stress-relieving axe-throwing would be.
• United States
Yes, in some countries, renting would have to be in place. There has been a global rise in knife crimes in Canada, UK, France, Israel, Germany, Belgium, and China, so those countries may also ban anyone from bringing his or her axe.
• Midland, Michigan
No thanks, but I got a chuckle at John's response which I can see below. For everyone else that response could be anywhere, lol. I still can't imagine the good this will do overall. It will give more people better aim at throwing axes and I'm hoping it won't provide an easier way for a weapon to be purchased for later use in an inappropriate place. While the majority of people doing this as a pastime would probably never conceive of such a use, I'm sure it could surface later. I don't think this is a good idea whatsoever.