Its a big, heavy POS. You could throw a rock that weighed as much at someone and hurt them badly, so Im sure the knife would work just fine.
There are a number of problems with this:
1) It’s generally considered stupid to throw your only knife in a combat situation, and with the weight and bulk of the smatchet, I doubt it would be sensible to carry several on you.
2) I Googled smatchets looking for price estimates, and it looks like a full-size smatchet can sell for anywhere from seventy-five to over two-hundred dollars. That’s an expensive knife to go throwing around.
3) If a knife is not balanced and meant for throwing, it <i>can</i> be thrown, but there’s a lack of precision and non-throwing knives are prone to breaking when thrown. In order to throw a knife with any measure of skill you will have to practice your ass off. I’d sure hate to go through a dozen or so smatchets before I became “skilled” with them.
4) A good knife-thrower needs to be able to properly gauge strike distances and throw accordingly. Even expert throwers tend to use targets that have a fixed distance and are either immobile or are moving slowly and regularly. When you’re in a combat situation and dealing with a faster target that moves more erratically, it gets really tough.
5) The smatchet may not be light, but throwing it at someone does not mean that a “no stick” throw will do the same damage as a rock of equal weight. Throwing a knife is not the same as throwing a rock. But let’s say for argument’s sake you have a two-pound rock and want to “hurt [someone] badly” without the use of a sling. You would probably have to hit them in the head or the extremities. In this case, your target area would become smaller and even then you may not end the combat.
I’m not saying successfully throwing this knife or any knife in combat is impossible, but it’s very difficult. Doing it with a knife like the smatchet would probably be more difficult than with a throwing knife, and aiming at a smaller target in order to do more damage on a "no stick" would make it harder still.
Smersh, as far as the shovel is concerned, it looks like it would make a decent multipurpose tool.