Inside look at the life of an impalement artist

You won’t see his act at the local fair but reporter Lindsay Tuman introduces you to a man who is determined to make the sport he loves, just one more pick up game at your backyard BBQ.

Let’s get right to the point.

It’s not the typical hobby, but impalement artist Brian Shields says, “It doesn’t matter if it’s raining or snowing, the only thing that will make me go in the house and stop throwing is lightening.”

By day, he’s an engineer. But by night Shields is a knife thrower.

It seems unbelievable, but he’s part of a growing community of people all with the same passion.

Shields says, “There’s various organizations around the world and around the country, but it’s a very small community right now.”

Now he tries to sharpen the reputation of the sport. He says, “They say, oh you throw knives at people? No we don’t throw knives at people, we throw knives at targets. They overreact, well they don’t understand.”

He teaches lessons to anyone interested, but with a name like Shields, safety is first.

His passion follows him everywhere, even at dinner he thinks about that bullseye. According to Shields, “Outback Steakhouse has the best throwing knives.”

He really wants to get the word out about knife throwing and start getting people around the area more involved in the sport. He’s even willing to show up at your house with all the equipment to teach you. If you’re interested in any lessons or information, you can send him an email at He also has a listing on Craigslist.


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  • Joseph Darrah

    Brian is a good friend, a dedicated knife and tomahawk thrower and a great ambassadeur to the art/sport of knife throwing!
    Joe Darrah

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