Click on any thumbnail to view an enlarged image. To return to this page, use your browser's back button.

In the late 1950's my father, an avid knife thrower and collector, visits his friend Carmen Corrado at the Corrado Cutlery in Chicago. He tells him of an individual making excellent throwing knifes in Grand Rapids Michigan. Little did he know that this was the start of a friendship that would soon change his life. Harry K. McEvoy was a young painter salesman and a designer and crafter of the Tru-Balance line of handcrafted cutlery.

 

Harry McEvoy August 1954

Harry McEvoy August 1954
Harry McEvoy Summer 1954
 

His specialty was the Tru-Balance throwing knife, Bowie-Ax knife and the American Hunter. After corresponding with him for several months he decides to travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan to meet Harry.

Harry McEvoy and my father Harry with Tru-Bal knife
 

My father and Al Gramaila traveled many times to practice with Harry and share ideas.

Harry demos knife throwing

Harry demos knife throwing

Harry demos knife throwing

Harry instructing Al Gramaila on knife throwing

Here is a very rare collection of Tru Bal knifes from my fathers collection, some of these date back to the 1950's.

In the Spring of 1964 my father and Harry decided to collaborate on the very first book on the modern sport of knife throwing. The book is entitled Knife Throwing as a Modern Sport and is published by Charles C. Thomas and printed in 1965.

Knife Throwing as a Modern Sport book cover

 

In June of 1964 my father with the help of Hary McEvoy organized Tru-Flyte Knife Throwers of America. This was the first national organization founded to promote knife throwing as a modern sport. The board of consultants included Harry K. McEvoy, Robert Abels, William D. Randall Jr., Gary Randall, Robert Lee Wilson, Gil Hibben, Ralph H. Totsch, Paul LaCross, D.L. Garg, Norman C. Heilman Jr., Jim Ramsey, Kenneth Pierce and Yumio Nawa. All were true pioneers and craftsmen.

Tru-Flyte Knife Throwers of America Tru-Flyte Knife Throwers of America
 

My father to decides to publish a bi-monthly publication entitled The Knife Thrower. This publication was financed out of his own pocket and would eventually be its own demise. There were only seven issued publications and the last one was the Special Issue in 1966.

The Knife Thrower Jan/Feb The Knife Thrower Mar/Apr
The Knife Thrower May/Jun The Knife Thrower Jul/Aug
The Knife Thrower Sep/Oct The Knife Thrower Nov/Dec
The Knife Thrower Special Issue

 

I have a very limited number of back issues for sale. Please click on the link to go to the order page. [ Ordering Page ]

Membership benefits for Tru-Flyte include a membership card,

 

Tru-Flyte membership card

 

Ojibwa Thunderbird Cloth Insignia,

Ojibwa Thunderbird Cloth Insignia

 

Tru-Flyte Official Cloth Insignia,

Tru-Flyte Official Cloth Insignia

 

Tru-Flyte Official Waterless Decal

Tru-Flyte Official Waterless Decal
 

The novice thrower would get a two page article on throwing the Tru-Balance knife.

Tru-Balance knife article Tru-Balance knife article
 

Tru-Flyte also offered several small pamphlets on knife throwing and fighting such as How to Throw Knives by Elmer Putts, Knife Fighter by Frank D. Praytor and The Fighting Knife by his good friend and Tru-Flyte consultant W.D. Randall.

How to Throw Knives by Elmer Putts

 

Knife Fighter by Frank D. Praytor
The Fighting Knife by W.D. Randall The Fighting Knife by W.D. Randall
 

My father proposed competition rules for Tru-Flyte:

Tru-Flyte Competition Rules Tru-Flyte Competition Rules

Tru-Flyte Competition Rules Tru-Flyte Competition Rules
Tru-Flyte Competition Rules
 

In 1969 Harry publishes a booklet entitled Knife Throwing In The Professional Style.

Knife Throwing In The Professional Style

 

 

Knife Throwing In The Professional Style


I believe I found another book or article written by Harry. It looks like an article in a magazine called American Bowman Review dated December 1, 1938. It was written by a Kirby Mack pseudo name of Harry McEvoy Jr. The article or book was entitled Crusader in the Wilderness. if you have a copy or scan please email me.

In 1937 Harry McEvoy wrote a very rare handbook on Archery. This book describes the most efficient types of bows and arrows and the art of target shooting used in Archery. It was published by the Broadhead Publishing Company in Oak Park Illinois.

Harry McEvoy on July 14, 1971 sends a letter to my father introducing a newsletter that he just wrote on July 11, 1971.

American Knife Throwers Alliance Letter American Knife Throwers Alliance Letter
 

Entitled The Bullseye Buster he sends him the very first copy.

Unfortunately my father passed away several months later from lung cancer and he never had the opportunity to write any articles for Harry's newsletter.

Here are some of Harry McEvoy's published books.

Above is a booklet is entitled Tale of the Tomahawk re-printed from the February 1980 issue of Knife World Publications.

Above booklet is the very first published work on knife throwing. This 25 page booklet is entitled The Art of Knife Throwing by Frank Dean and published in 1937.

 

In January 1948 (see cancelled envelope) Stark Manufacturing was selling a balanced throwing knife called the Bullseye. They sold the knife along with a pamphlet and letter on knife throwing.

On October 11, 2003 my father was posthumously inducted in the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame and received a Knife Throwing Pioneer Award.

 

Site contents copyright 2002-2014 Robert C. Gruzanski, all rights reserved. No part of this site may be reproduced or copied, in part or in whole, without the express written prior consent of Robert C. Gruzanski.