The Karli

Our most versatile and accessible throwstick for a range of throwers, from the serious small game hunter to the sport thrower, this one has a pleasant feeling weight, a snappy release, and is flat flying. Absolutely a lot of fun to throw. Whether you're interested in easy long range flights at the park or just a great kylie at a great price, this is the throwstick for you. Because of its lighter weight and a soft tuning option available for more casual, softer throwers, this throwstick can be easy to use and fun to throw for the whole family.
  • Hand crafted from tough black polycarbonate

  • Approx. 632mm/24.9" x 332g/11.7oz

  • Ideal for the sport thrower, the small game hunter, or anyone who just wants to have fun!

  • Potential flock hunting range out to approx. 80 meters for skilled throwers 

  • Total range is approx. 85-105 meters / 93-114 yards (individual results may vary)

  • Mid sized grip for a snappy, fast release

  • Excellent straight flights

  • Our most versatile and accessible kylie to a range of throwers

  • Standard model is right handed (see our Whale's Tail Kylie for left handed throwers)

  • Soft tuning available (made to order so please inquire via email on availability)


We designed "The Karli" model as a fun, light weight distance achiever. Based in the designs of some of the shorter and lighter weight central desert throwsticks that were used historically for small game, we have developed something which is optimized for long range sport oriented throwers and feels pleasant to throw at high speeds. It prefers a fast, snappy release and good spin to stabilize the ultra flat, long range flights. This makes it is a good instructor on proper technique and once mastered it is an easy and beautiful flyer. The karli model is less head wind tolerant than some of the other models due to the more shallow bend in the elbow, but it takes a lot of abuse and flies beautifully. Be careful you don't lose it in the distance....

Because of its smaller size, lighter weight and the "soft tuned" option, the Soft Tuned Karli Model is more accessible to smaller or weaker individuals as well. The soft tune option shortens the overall range of the throwstick, while at the same time reducing the initial velocity needed to achieve a straight flight path. We soft tune these throwsticks, usually at 55 meters, making them the easiest and most accessible throwsticks in our lineup, ideal for smaller, younger, older, disabled, or more casual throwers who are working in smaller areas. Maximum range is much less than on the hard tuned throwsticks, and when thrown too hard, a soft tuned throwstick will climb above target rather than flying straight. Only a good toss is needed for straight flights when soft tuned. Ideal for smaller areas or casual target practice competitions. Soft tuned karli model throwsticks are not stocked. They are made to order and we prefer to correspond with the customer before production so we can be sure to meet your unique needs as best as we can.

Paint & Dot Art

Utilize the picture on the left to choose your paint pattern, then choose a base color and a dot color to create variations.

Our dot art is often inspired by indigenous designs, but should not be considered authentic. All throwsticks are hand painted as pieces of art and thus variations, imperfections and artistic expressions will sometimes occur. Consider your throwstick's paint job to be unique, as each one is done by hand.

Bright or high contrast base colors help to prevent a throwstick from being lost at extreme distances, but they show wear and scratches much more quickly than the more subdued colors.


Our painted karli model throwsticks are made from high impact black polycarbonate, an extremely tough material. Light color choices such as orange may wear and show the black polycarbonate underneath in high contrast to the orange paint. By contrast, black and faux hardwood age very gracefully on the black polycarbonate. Throwsticks take a lot of abuse and paint may slowly fade off around the edges from repeated abrasive contact with soil or rocks. Paint wear around the edges where the throwstick is gripped by the hand may also occur, so for a smoother, more precise release, we ship our throwsticks with the paint on the handle edges lightly sanded off.

The Karli

"As someone who has extensive knowledge in primitive technologies, and cultural anthropology, I highly recommend Ben's throw sticks! I have made many in the past and usually get about 60 - 70 yards. When throwing the Karli model, I was absolutely blown away by its performance. This stick is scary good and reaches distances over 100 yards! Incredible! We here at Primitive Lifeways highly endorse and recommend Ben's throwing sticks." 

- Jeff Martin


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