Throwing axes are axes hat are specially designed and weighted so that they can be thrown effectively. They are a distinct category from ordinary axes. Modern throwing axes are commonly made of a single piece of steel or other material, without handles, unlike other types of knives. The axe has two sections, the 'blade' which is the sharpened half of the axe and the 'grip' which is not sharpened (except its ending). The purpose of the grip is to allow the axe to be safely handled by the user and also to balance the weight of the blade.