Terms of use and Privacy

Contact information and legal fine print

Terms of Use

This are the terms of use for the internet-pages that can be found under ThrowingKnives.com (called "website" or "ThrowingKnives.com").

The responsible head behind ThrowingKnives.com is Dr. Christian Thiel. You can find my email address (and other means of contact) on the contact page, and my postal address in the box below.

Our location Our location in detail.

Christian Thiel is also responsible for maintaining the John Bailey Archive, and for the following (external) profiles on social networks: The Facebook profile at Facebook.com/Throwingknives and the Pinterest profile at http://pinterest.com/knifethrower/.

The products presented at ThrowingKnives.com are sometimes not sold directly by ThrowingKnives.com but our partners such as Toolshop. In this case, you enter into a contract of sale with the partner, whose terms and privacy conditions also apply. These documents can be found on the pages of the partner. If you experience any problems with your partner order, please contact the partner first.

The EU commission provides an online platform for out of court dispute resolution (ODR platform). It can be accessed via https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/

All content included on this website (such as text, graphics, images) is Copyright © by Christian Thiel, called author in the following. Some pictures were provided by our partners (see hint in filename). Nothing of the content, even not in part, may be used in other publications (such as books, CDs, internet-pages) or otherwise without prior written permission from the author. Links to ThrowingKnives.com are welcome!

ThrowingKnives.com can not warrant that the contents are accurate, complete, reliable, current, or error-free, and rejects all responsibility for damages or injuries resulting from the use, failure to use or abuse of information from this website. Especially, anybody throwing knives has to take the necessary security precautions. Minors should always be supervised. Spectators shall be kept at a safe distance.

ThrowingKnives.com rejects all responsibility for links to internet-pages outside of ThrowingKnives.com (external links). We do in no way approve of the contents of the external linked pages. We do only state that at the moment when we made the link, the external page did not include contents that were easily discernible as illegal or infringing on anybody's rights. If we get a notice that a external page has inappropriate content, we review the claim and will, if the content indeed is objectionable, remove the link.

Privacy notice

This privacy notice clarifies the nature, scope and purpose of the processing of personal data (hereinafter referred to as "data") within our online presence that includes internet-pages, features and content (collectively referred to as "website/s").

The internet-pages covered by this privacy notice are listed in the terms of use.

We are headquartered in Germany, that means your privacy is protected by the strong German and EU privacy laws (including GRPR). You can read below in detail which data is processed to what end, and by whom.

Remarks on privacy regarding our (external) profiles on Social Networks can be found below.


Dr. Christian Thiel, as listed in the terms of use. You can also contact him via the contact form.

Categories of data processed

  • Person identifiers (e.g. name, address)
  • Contact details (e.g. email address)
  • Content (e.g. text entered, photos, videos)
  • Usage data (e.g. websites visited, access times)
  • Meta- /communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses)
  • Contract data (e.g. subject of the contract)
  • Payment date (e.g. Paypal address)

Categories of persons affected

All persons visiting and using our websites ("users").

Purpose of processing

  • Providing our website
  • Answering requests, communication with users
  • Processing orders
  • Security measures
  • Forwarding of requests, if desired

Your privacy in a nutshell We don't sell your data - We strive to mimimise the data collected - We have an eye on (external) services employed


With regard to the terminology used, we refer to the definitions in Article 4 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (Art. 4 GDPR). For convenience, brief versions of some definitions are listed here:

"personal data" means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person ("data subject"); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.

"processing" means any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means. The scope of the term is rather broad and encompasses nearly all data handling.

"controller" means the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data;

"processor" means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.

Legal basis for the processing

The following applies if the regulatory basis is not mentioned in our privacy notice: The basis for obtaining consent is Art. 6(1)(a) and Art. 7 GDPR; the basis for processing to fulfil our services and perform contractual measures is Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR; the basis for processing to fulfil our legal obligations is Art. 6(1)(c) GDPR; and the basis for processing with the purpose of pursuing our legitimate interests is Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR.

Security measures

We take appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of protection appropriate to the risk, taking into account the state of the art, implementation costs and the nature, scope, context and purposes of processing as well as the risk of varying likelihood and severity for the rights and freedoms of natural persons, in accordance with Art. 32 GDPR.

Such measures in particular include ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data by controlling physical access to the data, as well as controlling the access, entry and disclosure, and by separating the data. Furthermore, we have established procedures to ensure that the rights of data subjects can be exercised, to delete data and to react to dangers for the data. Furthermore, we already consider the protection of personal data in the development of our website, in accordance with the principles of data protection by design and default (Art. 25 GDPR).

Collaboration with processors and third parties

If, in the context of our processing, we disclose data to other persons and companies (processors or third parties), transmit data to them or otherwise grant them access to the data, this will only be done on the basis of a legal permission, your consent, a legal obligation, or to pursue our legitimate interests (for example, we contract with web hosting and email hosting companies to efficiently and securely provide our websites and the related email communication). Regularly, the framework for this is so-called order processing.

Transfer to third countries

If we process data in a third country (that is outside the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA)) or this happens via the use of third party services or disclosure or transmission of data to third parties, this will only be done for the performance of a contract, for pre-contractual steps, on the basis of your consent, on the basis of a legal obligation or to pursue our legitimate interests (for example, our hosting provider is located in the USA, because our server needs to be geographically close to our customers in this important market, ensuring fast load times and a good integration into the market).

Rights of data subjects

You have the right to obtain confirmation whether data concerning you is being processed, and to obtain further information about this data as well as to obtain a copy of the data, in accordance with Art. 15 GDPR.

You have the right to rectification and completion of data concerning you (Art. 16 GDPR).

In accordance with Art. 17 GDPR, you have the right to obtain the immediate erasure of data concerning you, or, alternatively, to obtain a restriction of data processing in accordance with Art. 18 GDPR.

You have the right to obtain data concerning you which you have provided to us, or to have this data transferred to other controllers, in accordance with Art. 20 GDPR.

You have the right right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority (Art. 77 GDPR).

You have the right to withdraw consent given, affecting future processing (Art. 7(3) GDPR).

In accordance with Art. 21 GDPR, you have the right to object to the future processing of data concerning you.

Storage times, deletion and restriction of data

If not expressly stated, the data stored by us is deleted as soon as it is no longer required for its purpose and if the deletion does not conflict with any legal storage requirements. If the data is not deleted, because it is required for other purposes as permitted by law, its processing will be restricted (Art. 17 and Art. 18 GDPR). This might be the case with data that has to be stored according to commercial or tax regulations.

According to legal requirements in Germany, especially §147(1) Abgabenordnung, mandatory storage times are 10 years (for books, records, management reports, accounting documents, trading books, documents relevant to taxation) respectively 6 years (commercial letters).

Contacting us

If you are contacting us (for example via contact form or email), your data is processed to treat and fulfil your request, on the basis of Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR (for (pre-) contractual proceedings) and Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR (other requests).

As a principle, the data obtained via you contacting us is of course not passed on to anyone (except our technical processors). Your data is only passed on if you explicitly request so, giving your consent (Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR). Examples for this are if you request that a message is passed on to a specific throwing knife manufacturer.

When you are contacting us, you are not required to provide any data - not even your name. But please be aware that you must include all the data we need to process your request, for example you need to include your email address if you want us to reply via email.


By subscribing to our newsletter, you agree to receive it, bound by the following provisions:

Newsletters, emails and further electronic communications containing (commercial) information ("newsletter") are only sent with your consent, or following a legal permission. If the content of the newsletter is described in the subscription process, this description is material for the consent of the subscriber. Generally, our newsletters contain information about or offer, and about the sport of knife- and axe throwing.

Subscriptions to our newsletter are logged in order to be able to document the act of subscribing (Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR).

To subscribe to our newsletters, it is sufficient to provide an address to receive the communications (for example an email address). Further details such as your name are not required.

Our newsletter is sent out on the basis of the consent of the recipients (Art. 6(1)a, Art. 7 GDPR), or if a consent is not required, based on our interest in direct marketing in accordance with Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR.

At any time, you can stop receiving the newsletter. Just tell us that you don't want to receive the newsletter any more.

Sale of goods / Processing of orders

The sale of goods is usually carried out entirely via our partners (see above), we receive no personal data about those sales. The partners all adhere to their own privacy guidelines which can be read on their own sites (example: Toolshop privacy policy).

A few selected articles are sold directly by us. In this case the following applies to the processing of orders:

We process your personal data to fulfil the order contract (Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR).

For the purpose of delivery, the personal data collected by us about the buyer will be passed on to the transport company commissioned with the delivery, insofar as this is necessary for the delivery of the goods (Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR).

We accept payments via the company PayPal. The buyer's contractual relationship with PayPal concerning the processing of transactions is governed by the privacy policy of PayPal. Concerning payments sent to us, PayPal provides us only with the following information: Name, amount, email address, transaction number, and notes in the comment field. We use this information only for the attribution of payments (Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR).

Log files

We, respectively our hosting providers, collect data pertaining to each access to a server which this website is hosted on ("server log files"). The basis for this is our legitimate interest in a reliable and failure-free operation of our website (Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR). The server log files include information on: Names of the web pages and files retrieved, date and time of retrieval, amount of data transmitted, notifications about successful retrievals, browser type and version, the user's operating system, referral URL (the previously visited internet page), IP address and the requesting provider.

Statistical analysis

In our interest to analyse, optimise and economically operate our website (Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR), we undertake statistical analysis of how users use our website.

Log file data is processed to this end.

Additionally, we use the analysis software Matomo (formerly called Piwik). We capture information on the software and hardware of users, and on the users' interactions with the website. Note that for this, the IP address is shortened before processing.

Cookies and location

"Cookies" is a term for small files that are stored on users' devices. Different information can be stored in cookies. A cookie is primarily used to store the information about a user (or the device on which the cookie is stored) during or after his visit to a website.

We use cookies to pursue our legitimate interest (Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR) in a secure (examples: DDOS detection, or frequency capping to prevent fraud and abuse), reliable and convenient operation of our website. For example, we use a cookie to store the user's choice if he wants to visit the US or international version of our website. The version initially presented depends on the user's location, as guessed (on country-level only) from the communication metadata.

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Notice on privacy in social networks

We do have profiles within social networks, to communicate with the athletes, users and interested parties that are active in the social networks, and to inform them about our offer.

Our profiles are listed in the terms.

In visiting our website (see above), no data is transmitted to the operators of the social networks.

If you are visiting the social networks, your visiting and using is subject to the terms and conditions and the privacy policy of the respective social network. Remark: In visiting social networks, user data can be transmitted and processed outside the European Union. This might pose an increased risk for the user, for example as it might be more difficult to enforce the user's rights.