The Range Setup Rules

1: A competition range must have multiple lanes. (4 or more is recommended.) Each lane has 3 targets built to Blade Aces standards and set to the correct height. (see Targets) Targets are hung in a V pattern. The center target should be set at 1.25 meters (49.2”). The 2 outside targets should be set at 1.5 meters (59”).

2: Each lane must have the foul lines set at 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 meters marked across each lane.

3: Each lane must have the distances marked in feet running along the outside edge of each lane.

4: Each lane should be as flat and as free from debris as possible.

5: The entire range must have an adequate safety barrier around it.

6: Minimum width of each lane is 2 meters (~ 6’6”)

And Range Guidelines

1: Sturdy backboard setups help to maintain safety and reduced the amount of time searching for dropped knives/axes.

2: Suggested lane width is 3 meters (~ 9’10”)

Target Rules

1: Targets must be a minimum of 50 cm (~20”) in diameter.

2: There are two types of targets allowed in competition.

a: Log rounds cut with a smooth face and as free from knots as possible with no bark or occlusions in the scoring area.

b: End grain targets build from lumber. Compressed and secured tightly.

3: Targets are to be painted with 5 concentric rings, measuring 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 cm (3.94”, 7.87”, 11.81”,15.75” and 19.69”).

4: If crosshair lines are used, they must be 1.5 cm (.6”) or smaller in width.

Target Example

Blade Aces Target

And Target Guidelines

1: All Blade Aces hosted events will use circular targets. However associated throwing competitions or online events may use IKTHOF octagon targets if they choose for scoring.

Conventional Scoring

1:  The point system on conventional targets is as follows:

The face of each target is marked with 5 concentric rings.
10 cm ring, worth 5 points, followed by:

20 cm ring is worth 4 points

30 cm ring is worth 3 points

40 cm ring is worth 2 points

50 cm ring is worth 1 point

Anything outside of the 50 cm ring is worth 0.

2: The highest ring that the metal is touching, on the face of the target, is the points scored. If it is/might be touching a higher ring, but is underneath the face, it doesn’t count.

3: After the competitor has completed all throws and the range master has cleared the range, a scorekeeper will walk up to the target and call out the score to the competitor. If the competitor agrees, the scorekeeper will record the score and the competitor will pull their knives/axes. If the competitor doesn’t agree, the scorekeeper will call the Rangemaster. This is the only time a competitor may contest a score. The Rangemaster will make the call and their word is final.

4: The tip of the knife or the bladed front edge of the axe/hawk must be in the face of the target for the points to count.

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