Like any other sport, axe throwing has a list of terminology a thrower can use to sound professional while at Blade & Timber.  Check out some common equipment, phrases and competition terminology:


Axe – The device used to throw- technically called a hatchet.

Bullseye – When the axe strikes the middle red circle target.  One of the best shots possible!

Coach – Any person that has completed the axe throwing certification process, usually a staff member.

Drop – When the axe fails to stick in the target and falls to the ground, resulting in no points scored.

Fencing – The metal guards between lanes to protect throwers standing next to one another and to mark the separation.

Handle – The base of the axe where a thrower grips.

Head – The blade of the axe.

Kill Shot – A type of shot that a thrower calls prior to throwing.  The thrower must strike the with of the two small blue dots located on each top side of the target.  A successful kill shot is worth 10 points at the end of a match.  

Lane – The throwing field where axes are thrown. Includes floor, ceiling, side walls, and target.

Match – A traditional game of axe throwing, called a match, is a set of three rounds totaling 15 throws.  Check out some of our other fun games! 

Participant – Any person on the premises not actively holding an axe.  All participants at Blade & Timber must sign a waiver prior to throwing.  

Perfect Round- When all 5 throws in one round are bullseyes.

Rotation – The natural spin an axe has being thrown.  Throwers should have no more than one complete rotation to stick the axe in the target.  If a thrower is over or under rotating, the coach may instruct the thrower to position themselves closer or further away from the target to help the axe rotate properly.  

Round – one set of 5 throws where three rounds make up a match.

Sticking an axe – Congratulations, this means you have successfully embedded your axe into the target wood!  

Supernatural Perfect Round – When the first 4 throws of a round are each a bullseye and the 5th throw is a kill shot, totaling 27 points. 

Supernatural Perfect Match – The total score of a match equals 81 points., represented by 3 super-perfect rounds.  The highest score possible in a standard season match.

Target – Targets consist of one layer of 1-¾” thick boards, complete with a horizontal header and footer marked with four different point areas.

The Red Line – Represents the separation of the lane and the viewing area. Only one active thrower should cross this line into the lane. 

Thrower – Any person currently holding an axe, with or without the intent to throw.  Have questions beofre you throw?  Our coaches will walk all throwers through a demonstration.  You can also view our FAQ before your visit! 

Trick shot – A throw that is different from the standard one or two hand overhead throw.  Trick shots must be taught per coaches recommendation.  The trick shots taught at Blade & Timber are the double axe and an underhand.

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