Blind Army veteran is also a master knife-thrower

I like to fling steel out in my workshop when I am procrastinating or working through a writer’s block, but it is not something I am particularly good at. I certainly couldn’t do it if I were to lose my sight like Lee Fugatt. The Force is strong in this man, he has serious Jedi-skills with a throwing knife.


“I’ve been blind in my right eye since birth, but I had sight in my left eye,” he explained.

In the 1970s, Fugatt joined the army and became an airborne ranger, and continued to throw knives once his service was over.

However, in 2008, his passion came to a halt because Fugatt had a stroke and lost sight in his left eye.

“For a while, I couldn’t do much. A couple of years adjusting to the fact that now what little sight I had was gone,” Fugatt explained.

“I can’t hunt anymore, I can’t drive a car, I can’t even read a book,” he said.

What Fugatt can do is throw his knives and tomahawks.

“It’s something that I’ve always liked to do,” Fugatt said. “It’s something that apparently I’m still fairly good at.”

He uses a rope and wood posts to know where he is on his practice range.

“It’s just a question of letting my muscle memory take over because I threw knives for 40 years,” Fugatt explained.


The video below is Lee competing in the International Knife Throwing Hall of Fame competition this year.


  1. Daniel J says:

    In my mind it’s more impressive that he became a Ranger with only one functioning eye.
    Can you imagine how badass he would’ve been with both of them functioning?

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