Apocalypse Cutting

There are quite a few more machetes and tomahawks on the market these days, and I love it. Some of them are incredibly well made, and others are stamped shit.

The question that keeps coming up is “What kind of blade should I have to re-kill the risen dead?” I decided to take a whack at answering that question.

Katana

You’ll probably not hear this from anyone, but I’ll broach the topic. Do not use a katana unless you’ve got specific training in Japanese martial arts. Why? The cuts and proper techniques are unique. Besides, even o-dachi are not quite long enough to stay out of claw range unless you’ve got skills.

Naginata/Nagamaki

Once again, in the land of Japanese weapons! These are traditional field combat, and home defense blades, respectively. You might find them a bit easier to wrap your brain around. They’re spear-like, except you use swinging cuts. Good for removing heads!

Machetes

Face it, they’re inexpensive, but utterly inadequate to keep you away from claws.

Western Style Longswords

A better choice in some ways. Double-edge blades are easier for untrained people to understand. You swing it back and forth along a plane, and things get cut.

Knives in general

Only if you have to get close, and be sure to buy blades that are long enough to go through a neck in one pass.

Note: this isn’t even a comprehensive list. Please think about what you need, are comfortable with, and budget before you stock up for the end of the world.