Top 10 Best Melee Weapons For Killing Zombies

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We’ve all imagined ourselves in the zombie apocalypse, surrounded by a horde of zombies. Through this visual tension, however, we remain calm…our katana reflecting the light of the setting sun as we raise the blade in confidence.

As we swing, the heads of the undead soar away in musical unison. Not a single movement is lost to a wasted stride or step.

We are death to the dead. We are artists of survival; our blade is our brush, the land we defend…our canvas.

dawn of the dead zombie silhouettes

Ok, back to reality. Though we can’t downplay the importance of mental preparation, most of us will never even pick up a katana, let alone see one in person. Odds are, the skill required to wield such a weapon will forever remain a fantasy.

A prerequisite to using a melee weapon is that the zombie has to be within a dangerously close proximity to you. The mere fact that you’re in need of such a weapon probably means that you’re either going to be zombie food, or at the very least, infected – either of which is not a fate you would, most likely, decidedly partake in.

Now here’s a half-naked warrior girl weilding a couple machetes to help break up this text:

Hot warrior girl with machetes

Anyways, choosing the right melee weapon for you, given your comfort level with the weapon and skill level to wield it, is the variable that will be the determining factor in giving you that fighting chance. That said, the list below may not necessarily apply to you, as personal preference should be the first variable considered in your deciding what weapon to wield.

Below are the top 10 best melee weapons for surviving killing zombies and surviving the zombie apocalypse.

Note: We do not recommend that you go into any zombie combat scenario unless absolutely necessary. If an escape route exists, take it. Using your melee weapon should be your last resort.

Best Zombie Melee Weapons - the ninja forearm machete blade

#1 Ninja Forearm Machete

History: A weapon used in the BloodRayne and BloodRayne II video games, this replica is a full-tang arm blade sword.

Description: Single solid piece of hard-anodized black stainless steel, reaching an impressive 17-3/8 inches long. The handle features an ergonomic grip and a strap wraps around your forearm for support. This weapon was designed to be an extension of your own body; lightweight, functional and flawless. Cut some zombie heads clean off or go to the core of infection with a clean plunge through the jaw, straight to the brain.

Ninja Forearm Machete Blade Full Tang Knife Sword

Best Zombie Melee Weapons - kukri
#2 Kukri

History: The Kukri is a traditional Nepalese or Indian weapon. Used in ceremonies and religious rites, the kukri has many practical applications as well (clearing brush, chopping down small trees, splitting small logs, etc.). In many cases, it is still the basic and traditional utility knife of the Nepalese people.

Description: Ranging in length (up to two feet), we recommend choosing one of the longer blades. The kukri blade’s distinctive forward drop acts as a weighting mechanism on the end of the blade, allowing for a more forceful swing and harder hit.

Cold Steel Gurkha Kukri Kraton Handle

Best Zombie Melee Weapons - the axe, fireaxe
#3 Axe

History: One of the oldest man-made weapons, the axe is built for everything from everyday survival (including chopping firewood and making your way into a potential safe-house) to combat. A major advantage and disadvantage of the axe is the weight. A well-placed blow is enough to take down most barricades and most body parts. However, a misplaced swing can leave you committed and defenseless, as the swing cannot easily change course or be stopped. Always have a lightweight counterpart as backup.

Description: Most modern axes have steel heads and wooden handles. They are built for a specialized function, altering the size and form of each. The best axes for the zombie apocalypse are the fire-axe, the brush-axe, and lastly, the pick-axe due to weight and versatility.

Graintex PA1770 Pulaski Axe with 3.5 Lb Fiberglass Handle

Best Zombie Melee Weapons - the baseball bat
#4 Baseball Bat

History: The most basic energy transfer melee bludgeoning weapon, the baseball bat has evolved over the years, as well as its name. Oina, a game still played in Romania, dates back to the era of the Dacians and Romans. “Oina”, meaning to take a herd of sheep from the mountains down to the field in Fall, is theorized to have actually begun as a game of war. Where sheep and war come together, we’re not sure, but the baseball bat can trace it’s origins back the the Oina “bata”.

Description: You may think choosing a baseball bat would be simple enough; just pick one up and swing, right? This would not be a good strategy, long term. There are several materials used for making bats: wood (the most traditional) can break over a short period of time, aluminum (becoming more and more common-place) are lighter than wood and are not at risk of cracking or breaking (use over time can lead to warping, however). Composite fiber bats, although more expensive, can be the victim of cracking and even shattering in cold weather.

Louisville Slugger Hard Maple Baseball Bats, Black Handle/Hornsby Barrel, 33 Inch

Best Zombie Melee Weapons - the katana sword
#5 Katana

History: The katana is arguably the deadliest edged weapon ever made. Used by the Japanese samurai as their primary weapon, the katana’s curved blade was designed to slice clean through its target.

Description: Curved, sleek and single-edged, the katana’s blade ranges between 70-73 cm (27.6-28.7 in) long. Proper use of the katana requires a sure, confident, yet relaxed grip. Trust in the blade is necessary to achieve use of it’s full potential. Strike target about 3 inches from the tip of the blade for maximum power and leverage and you will have no issues slicing through rotting zombie flesh and bone. Wielding the katana, however, especially with decapitation as your end goal, requires the proper skill, strength and technique. For that reason, the katana is only deadly in the right hands. Less sure hands wielding this weapon should rather use a stabbing motion, aiming towards the bottom jaw of the zombie and thrusting upwards to the base of the skull, thus taking out the infected portion of the zombie’s brain.

Handmade Japanese Shirasaya Samurai Katana Sword Sharp

Best Zombie Melee Weapons - the trench knife
#6 Trench Knife

History: Used in World War One, the trench knife was designed for hand-to-hand combat in the trenches of the Western Front. Probably the most recognizable trench knife in the U.S. would be the Mark I. Ironically, the Mark I was introduced too late in World War I to actually service in the trenches, but was adopted by U.S. paratroopers in World War II.

Description: The most known trench knife design, the Mark I, is a full-tang design with a double-edged blade and brass hilt incorporating a guard shaped as a knuckle duster (may also be used as brass knuckles). The pommel included a ‘skull-crusher’, which extended beyond the grip, increasing the weapons lethal capabilities and versatility.

Wwi Trench Knife Black Blade And Handle

Best Zombie Melee Weapons - crowbar
#7 Crowbar

History: Designed as means of separating two objects, this tool was first forged around 1400, known as crows or iron crows.

Description: Usually made of medium-carbon steel, crowbars or pry-bars can also be made using titanium – having the advantage of being lighter in weight and nonmagnetic. There are generally three types of shaft designs. The least expensive bars are forged from hexagonal or cylindrical stock. More costly designs are sometimes forged with an I-shaped cross-section shaft.

Use this tool as a means for opening locked doors or windows, removing wooden beams, etc. The crowbar or pry-bar allows the zombie survivalist access to most of the apocalyptic world. As a weapon, it’s imbalance, lack of grip and lengthy penetration should be considered.

Stanley 55-136 36-Inch Forged Hexagonal Steel Ripping Bar

Best Zombie Melee Weapons - machete 18 inches black
#8 Machete

History: Used in tropical and subtropical countries, the machete is used to cut through rainforest undergrowth, agricultural purposes and household tasks as a large kitchen knife (cutting large food items, using the tool as a meat cleaver, and other odd jobs around the house).

Description: The machete is a large cleaver-like cutting tool . The blade ranges anywhere from 12.8 to 24 inches long (32.5 to 60 cm) and is usually under .12 in thick (3 mm). Designed as a slashing tool and weapon, the machete is versatile enough to assist with daily zombie apocalyptic scenarios.

SOG Specialty Knives and Tools MC-02 18-Inch SOGfari Machete

Best Zombie Melee Weapons - the monk spade
#9 Monk’s Spade

History: In old China, the monk’s spade,(also called a Shaolin Spade) was carried by Buddhist monks during their travels. The spade served two purposes: if the monk came across a corpse on the road, they could properly dispose (bury) the body with Buddhist rites, and it also served as a weapon of defense. The monk’s spade has a role in the practice of martial arts to this day, in the arts of wushu, gongfu and Shaolin kung fu.

Description: The monk spade or Shaolin Spade is a 6 ft. long pole or staff weapon with a flat spade-like or bell-shaped blade on one end and an outward facing crescent shaped blade on the other. Being that it is very long, its effectiveness is limited to wide open spaces, but in the right hands the monk spade is a designed-for-decapitating ally in the fight against the undead. It’s safe to theorize that the Buddhist monks were among the first to predict that a zombie apocalypse was inevitable, that man’s only chance of surviving the plague would be to prepare hundreds of years in advance.

Monk Spade

Best Zombie Melee Weapons - the sledgehammer
#10 Sledgehammer

History: Designed for destruction, this weapon was originally built for breaking through drywall or masonry walls. Though useful for fracturing stone or concrete as well, the sledgehammer had a significant building role in the history of the railroad.

Description: The handle ranges anywhere from 1 foot 8 inches to 3 feet 3inches long, depending on the mass of the head which usually ranges from 2.2 to 6.6 lbs., though modern day heavy duty sledgehammers can be equipped with 10 to 20 lb. heads. That said, sledgehammers can be far heavier than axes and therefore less receptive to any alteration in swing.

Graintex SH1620 Sledge Hammer 20 Lb with 36-Inch Fiberglass Handle

Remember, close combat means just that. Tight quarters or spaces will limit the longer melee weapons that require an extended arm for optimal impact and use of the weapon.


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  1. andrew (01 May 2011, 12:01)
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    are these in order from best to worst? and also if ur gunna use fantasy weapons like the monk blade thing then this is all wrong.
    1: this weapon might be good if a lttle longer the fact is that itll dig into ur arm as ur attempting to cut heads and such. this weapon would be hard to find and very unpractical. even if i could get my hands on this it would not be my first choice.
    2: this blade is made for cutting through body parts its top heavy rather than handle heavy, giving this weapon more hitting power. again this would be hard to weild for the average person and even if u did now how to use this it would still not be my first or second choice in weapons.
    3: axe…….. honestly i shudnt need to say anything about this weapon not deserving to be third because its self explanitory. a axe blade can easily breakoff and most axes are wood, this making them vulnerable to breaking under multiple and constant impact. even with a full metal axe its a hard weapon to use under combat because the area u have for hitting is very small in comparison to something like a sword. a axe would not be my first choice and honestly it may not even be in my top 10.
    4: as said in the above a bat can crack/break easily, especially when ur going from hitting a 1 pound ball to hitting a 5 pound skull (obviously i need to do some research on the weight of a ball and head lol) anyways, a bat would be great for short term use at the begining when u dont have any other options but if there at any time is anything else you shud pick it up and continue to use the bat until it withers away. a baseball bat would not be my first should because all that is has is blunt force which althought would hurt like a mo f*cka it at most points cannot penetrate the skull to the point of breaking the brain stem (this only counts for smaller individuals).
    5: the famous, the powerful, THE KATANA. although this blade is very popular it is usually a thin blade can can crack or bend easily enless you aquired a professional blade. a katana is hard to weight and is semi useless for stabbing but has the weight and curve behind it for slicing. a katana or any sword would be good for use because of the length and the power considering its a 2 handed weapon. and by the way do not try and stab from underneath to hit through the jaw and into the brain seeing as 1: the brain stem is located closer to the neck and 2: your gunna be nearly sh1ting ur self when ur in the face of a zombie. your best choice if you have the chance is go for the back or front of the neck, both of which are easily penatrable and would render the zombie near dead state.
    6: Trench blade used for close combat….. end of story i win. no but to be serious would u want to get up close and personal with something that its only intention is to eat you? i doubt it. you do not want to have hand to hand combat with a zombie because they dont fight they will bite and scratch and come at you as fast as they can but they will not fight. therefore this weapon would be useless but obviouly better than fists. on a side note i would recommend getting one of these or a fixed blade knife for cutting things, using it more as a tool than a killing device (but it would still be there to help under such circumstances) usually the holder attachs by the belt making it for easy access.
    7: crow bar, no blade, no weight behind it, no use for killing in reality. lets get realistic your not gunna stab a zombie through the eye and into the brain stem, its just to risky seeing as a zombie will be flayaling its arms at you and not sitting still. no one is gunna have the balls to go that close and have that preciseness, and if u do have the balls ur gunna die have fun bye end of story. this would be good for when your scavanging no doubt.
    8: machette, first word to describe this is “yes” this is a perfect zombie killing weapon a machette blade is hard to breaking making it durable, it is easy to sharpen, it is easy to weild even for the noobiest of the weapon holders, most machettes can easily cut through somone easily, most machettes come with a gadder or gatter back edge allowing to smash things like door handels, zombies faces, or whatnot. this weapon would nearly be my first choice but you will see underneath.
    9: um ok this is kinda of confusing seeing as most of the stuff above was modern day materials seeing as this is something of the past/fantasy it will be hard to put full consideration seeing as i have never been in contact of one of these. but to start things off the length obviously limits your ability to attack things up close making it hard to attack anything that comes to close, if you knew how to properly use this weapon then you would be a killing machine with a staff, this weapon is useless for modern day man but anyone who is trained for this weapon would kill anything in its path. seeing as the blades do not seem to be reinforced this weapon would be prone to breaking or cracking again making it unpractical.
    10: no no no no no no and a little bit of yes? this weapon is not made for killings its a tool it would be hard to swing, weigh heavy after only a few swings and is hard to kill anyone with this. honestly this weapon again would be nice for scavanging to knock down doors to own sh1t but otherwise this weapon doesent serve ANY purpose in killing, if u want to go buy one of these and use it to kill then dont come running to me when u hit the zombie and it gets back up 10 times and you cant kill it. the only successful way of killing a zombie with this is to hit it directly in order the sledge hammers head hits zombies head hits pavement = boom. otherwise no i wouldnt even let somone who thought of carrying a sledge hammer in my group of survivors go fend off the zombes with that tough guy lol.

    my next post wil be what i consider the top 5-10 weapons

    • jesse (26 Jul 2011, 16:32)
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      hey bro,i might not be an admin but your right a bout that first weapon,apparebtly the backing that runs along your forearm is made of a cheap plastic which could easily break when used

    • nick (08 Apr 2014, 16:16)
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      you over think this these are in cases where you can’t help being that close also these aren’t suppose to be easy to get they are just the best choices, besides people could easily kill with any of these if they could stop crapping their pants, would they be the best hell no but hey if they survive they will learn quickly with these weapons. Also the spade isn’t fantasy and is easier to use then you think, plus this stuff all don’t break immediately you could use most of them besides the katana multiple times before breaking. The katana i agree shouldn’t be used it can break and you are more likely to injure your self with it so i’ll give you that. Also THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN SO LET THEM DREAM

  2. andrew (01 May 2011, 12:08)
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    i will put up my own top 10 after but for these 10 i will rate from 1-10
    1: machette (Would be first choice hands down)
    2: katana (only if not a fake sword) (Would use this but take a different sword if i had the chance)
    3: kukri (only if the longer version) (Would be scared to use this in close combat)
    4: baseball bat (only if not wooden) (Would probably use this only if i didnt have the above)
    5: monk blade – (Would never use this enless a last resort)
    6: ninja machette thing – (would possibly use this but again probably a last resort)
    7: trench blade – (Would never use this enless a last resort)
    8: Axe – (would never use this enless a last resort)
    9: crowbar – (would never use this enless a last resort)
    10: sledge hammer – (Would never use this enless a last resort)

  3. admin (03 May 2011, 11:51)
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    Can’t say they’re in any order, as choosing your melee weapon should be on an individual-basis / case. I threw in a couple ‘impractical’ weapons such as the Ninja Forearm Machete and Monk’s Spade for flavor – personally, I would love to learn how to use those weapons.

  4. admin (03 May 2011, 12:03)
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    As with any decision made in preparation for or during the zombie apocalypse, every angle / pro and con must be considered…the authenticity, durability, versatility of each weapon, for example. Personally, I have my doubts about using the machete as a go-to…rather go with a long kukri, as the weighted end will assist in slicing off those pesky zombie heads.

    Btw Andrew, NICE FEEDBACK! That’s exactly what needs to happen here in order for someone to make a well-rounded decision… to gain the necessary knowledge of all possible weapons to make a personalized, informed decision.

    • andrew (03 May 2011, 12:43)
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      yep everyone has there opinion i just would think its alot easier to sharpen and keep swingin a good quality machete rather than your weapon of choice. its honestly got alot to do with personal preferance. most of my comments are assuming the people im talking to arnt sword smiths and such

    • Matt (24 Mar 2014, 15:49)
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      For melee weapons, I would most definitely choose a machete or bowie, perhaps keep both on your person. These are the most practical in the Z.A. scenario.

      Off-topic, relying solely on your melee would be stupid. You would have to get too close to take out potential threats. Therefore, on to your projectiles.

      1. Arrow based should be your primary. It is VERY simple to create your own bow from materials found in nature (long, time-consuming but simple).

      2. Secondary would be a pistol. Used as a last resort in a swarm scenario. Otherwise, your melee.

      Explanation on 2: As you have seen on The Walking Dead type zombies, they are slow, stupid and decaying. You could simply whistle them to follow you and lead them off a cliff, or a hole in the ground to then kill. If they are Dawn of the Dead type zombies, able to run, climb and make very simple judgements, then by all means keep your distance no matter what. Hiding and waiting it out should come as a first before engaging in melee combat. The fact they can run would enable you to transfer the kinetic energy and toss to the side… assuming, its not a swarm/horde (i.e. only 1 or 2).

  5. andrew (03 May 2011, 12:59)
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    hopefully soon ill show u guys my weapons im not even close to done yet =/

    • admin (04 May 2011, 7:16)
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      Hell yeah! If you want, you can submit what you have now and I can replace the pic/description later. Your call, of course.

      • andrew (07 May 2011, 10:16)
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        Apologies on the late reply. yea im gunna wait because there coming in soon ill have a list below which will let u know what ill have.

        - Melee – (i already have)
        Fixed blade knife (I want to have a smaller knife that is strong enough to kill and whatnot but small enough to not have to use my machete)
        Bear Mase (this is technically not considered a melee weapon but ill put it in here anyways because its even furthur from a firearm. use this to shoot into peoples eyes that are raiding or people that i need to keep under control on my camp/base (This kind is the smaller bottle for easy transportation along scavanging))
        Baseball bat/Axe (i have these but wont be using them enless i need too because they arnt my choice of weapon (axe is a full sized wood handle axe and bat is metal)) (yes i know wood axe is shit)
        Small Machete (This machete is only going to be used until i get my other one)
        - Melee – (Getting within the next 3 months)
        Machete (I will be making a 15 inch blade machete out of either 1080 steel or some sort of carbonfiber mix allowing it to withstand the most harsh of killing) (This make take longer to make seeing as i have my prioritys onto firearms) (The grip im going to use is a hardened leather grip for durability and longtime use)
        Small Hard Steel Hand Axe (Used for general purpose stuff but in the case of an emergency will be used for killing if need be)

        - Firearms – (Already have)
        .22 long rifles (Used for target shooting as of right now but will be having these just in case. these will not be my first choice on zombie killing weapons) (Have about 3)
        Pellet rifles (Used for increasing the abilitys to fire a real gun, this is not a standard BB gun. you need a firearms license to own one, these are mainly used because the pellet is so small that under windy conditions its harder to shoot, therefore improving your accuracy without wasting bullets.)
        Pellet Pistols (Baby Desert Eagle and a Beretta Models 90 Two. Use for accuracy again but also just fun for practice)
        .303 Enfield Bolt Action Rifles (We own it but we lent it to a friend which is shiping it back this week)
        - Firearms – (Within the next month) (We are buying all of our guns through a specific company because they have good quality for good prices and have everything we want)
        .22 Browning Buck Mark Camper Stainless Steel. (This gun is my dads will be used for practising target shooting because the ammo is cheap)
        9mm Smith and Wesson M&P Full Model (This is my practice pistol also will be used for the upcoming zombie apocalypse, 9mm has enough power to go through the head and has small recoil and has familiar ammunition)(I currently have 1400 bullets for this gun that are self made)
        12 Gauge Pump Action Hastan Shotgun (Used for skeet shooting but when the apocalypse comes i may saw the barrel down if we do not buy a tactical 14 inch shotgun)
        7.62×39 SKS Rifle (This gun can be modified to have 20-30 round magazines. the bullets come in a stripper clip allowing for speed loading, this gun can be bump fired for rapid fire even in canada. this gun is inexpensive to buy and inexpensive to shoot. you can buy 1000 rounds for 200 bucks depending on the place. this will be used at the outdoor range)
        - Firearms – (Want but willnot get until a later date (3-6 months))
        .45 CZ Tactical (My dad is going to get this for higher caliber a .45 will definitly do the job (Not certain if thats the model he wants but im forsure he wants a CZ))
        .45 or .50 caliber (Have not decided which i want but this will be a pistol)
        .357 or 38 special (Revolver for myself because the magazine springs can wear out and making the pistol useless)
        38 special again (Revolver for my dad)
        CZ 858-2 (Semi auto gun that looks similar to a AK-47 but is legal in canada)
        A large caliber sniper rifle that is military grade (probably a cheytac or a remington) (probably a 7mm-.401)
        12 gauge tactical shotgun Hastan (14 inch barrel rather than the 28 inch barrel shotgun from above)(with ammo strap for the stock)
        Looking into a G36 or a Beretta Cx4 Storm (This guns are basically sub machine guns that are semi auto that take pistol bullets rather than other bullets)
        will post if theres anything i missed

        • jesse (26 Jul 2011, 17:09)
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          don’t forget silencers (ididn’t tell you this but you CAN buy them from certain places) for your pistols and long rifles,don’t wanna make to much noise when killing shit

  6. admin (10 May 2011, 13:31)
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    {jaw dropped}… Can’t wait to see your finished collection! AWESOME!!!

  7. Darman (11 May 2011, 6:20)
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    #1…. Isn’t that a Tonfa? Js. or is a Tonfa Minus the sharp edge? Just calling it a ninja weapon is a disgrace to the art of wielding such a fine weapon.

  8. admin (11 May 2011, 7:30)
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    #1 is very much like a tonfa, but the name ‘Ninja Forearm Machete’ wasn’t something we came up with… http://www.amazon.com/Ninja-Forearm-Machete-Blade-Knife/dp/B000FWCTXO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1305124261&sr=8-2

  9. andrew (11 May 2011, 7:42)
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    if u want a cheap gun to shoot and u have ur license go to http://www.moregunssupply.com and they have sks rifle packages its pretty sick i might get mine this weekend at the gunshow near me. they also have a tactical version that looks more like an assault rifle. (comes with a 20 round mag)

  10. Louis (16 May 2011, 0:47)
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    The best offense is a good defense. Grab a flannel shirt or wool coat. Cut up a pair of denim pants and wrap it around your head. Duct tape the fabric to make it bite resistant. Find a foot long cutlery sharpener, as they are usually made of fine steel, and grind the tip to a 45 degree angled point, even if you have to scrape it on concrete. Zombies attack with upraised arms which makes most of those weapons ineficient. A spike through the head will solve your problems. The Spade is good if you only use it as a thrusting weapon, same as the forearm brace, but in a cluster you might as well be caught in a web. The trench knife is decent since it wont slip in your hands because of gore but with such a thick blade makes it hard for weaker people to drive it through the skull. The Ninja-to is a great sword but falls into the same catagorie as the Katana and Machete. Only experienced sword fighters should ever try to use them against the undead. Like I say, light weight armor and a spike is your best defense. Guns make noise, bows and crossbows require you to dedicate either your hands to holding them or you risk entanglement by strapping them to your back. Be as the mouse in zombie world. Silent and unseen. If you have to use a weapon it means you messed up. Love the site though, keep it up.

  11. James (25 Jul 2011, 20:39)
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    I saw the video for the cold steel katana machete and had to buy one. I can’t wait to hack and slash everything behind my house when it comes in. I saw they also sell a brooklyn crusher and smasher that is a bat that is supposedly unbreakable. I’ll stick with blades myself. I want to get a real katana and maybe the Apokatana when I can afford them. I have been researching forging my own blades but am too early in it to have actually done anything but research so far. It seems like a fun and rewarding project if I stick with it to completion.

  12. jesse (28 Jul 2011, 6:19)
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    …admins, Y U NO PUT CHAINSAW ON LIST?

    • admin (28 Jul 2011, 13:52)
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      Hey Jesse – a few reasons why the chainsaw wasn’t included on the best of list:
      1. It relies on an outside element – one that will be in short supply (gas)
      2. It’s bulky and not easily traveled with
      3. It’s messy. The spatter factor involved with a chainsaw may not only put yourself at risk, but your entire team. It’s recommended that you wear face/body protection when combating zombies, but if for some reason you aren’t protected (an open wound or orifice, for example), a nice clean blade is much less risky.

      NOTE: As the zombie apocalypse progresses into the latter stages, the splatter factor mentioned above may not be as much of an issue as most of the zombies will have no bodily fluids to speak of. That said, by that time, factor #1 will be even more a influential on your choice of melee weapon.

      • jesse (28 Jul 2011, 18:16)
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        oh ok,but i think it could make a good TEMPORARY weapon once you get later into the outbreak

        • Bob (26 Feb 2014, 0:33)
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          While I would agree with you, the chainsaw makes a sh* ton of noise, not exactly convenient when there are plenty of zoms. Plus, a chainsaw can run out of juice mid-combat, and then you’re screwed.

  13. Andrew. W, (06 Aug 2011, 16:50)
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    As far as my zombie prepareness… 1. Romanian AK, the rounds are cheap and are very common, they are also the most reliable weapons ever made… 2. Mosin Nagant, Army surplus soo the rounds are rather cheap same as the AK….. Im looking at a few bushmasters but im trying to keep the variety of rounds to a minimum soo i dont have to buy that many different kinds… i thought about a spas-12.. thats prob gonna be another possibility once i get the money…. im gonna keep a Machete around but thats just for went the $%^& hits the fan.. but other than that you need to put more firearms on the list.. Theres noo pistols or anything..

  14. Shelton (06 Sep 2011, 14:30)
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    That ninja forearm machete would be sweet if you could master it. It’s got good potential, but only if you can find it with a higher quality backing/ reinforcement. That’s the only way you could trust it to get you out of a tough zombie infested situation.

  15. Alawishus (20 Oct 2011, 22:23)
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    It would seem to me that melee weapons that work well on people that are alive, would work well on those that are undead. Therefore the weapon to use is the E-Tool. If you don’t believe me, do a bit of research. Soldiers armed with sharpened E-Tools were whirlwinds of destruction.

  16. Cajunhunter (05 Feb 2012, 16:25)
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    The katana has to be the most overrated sword in the world. Even if its a professionally made blade, it can only do one thing right, and thats slash. It is FAR from the “deadliest edged weapon ever made”. If your gonna use a sword, buy a longsword (hand-and-a-half sword). Longswords are WAY more versatile, and can not only cut, but also spear and bludgeon. Sure, its not as sharp as the “almighty katana”, but a sword should never be too sharp, since the thin edge is prone to fracturing if not taken care of, especially if your gonna cut through bone with it. Also, since there are more japanophiles than actual history buffs who bother to do research, katanas are gonna be over priced.

  17. Alex (15 Mar 2012, 17:05)
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    I umm… I have a baseball bat :| yeah… prepared

  18. Devan (16 Mar 2012, 15:24)
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    1. I’ve actually adorned #1 and it’s actually not as versatile as you’d think… not even close.
    2. Kukri’s are a good choice, just not S&W. Smith & Wesson uses weak steel that breaks easily.
    3. A tomahawk, like the M48 Hawk, would be much better than any axe. I know because I have it and it’s lightweight and fast, but still has GREAT chopping and piercing power with the head and spike.
    4. A bat has great blunt force, but is still versatile (at about 2-1/2 – 3 ft.). I have two steel bats and I’m getting the Tire Thumper from BudK soon.
    5. I have to agree completely with Cajunhunter on the katana.
    6. The trench knife would leave you and the zombie too close for comfort.
    7. The crowbar is a very good weapon if it’s not too heavy. I wouldn’t suggest ordering one to prepare. I’d suggest actually going to Wal-Mart or Home Depot or Lowes and feeling the weight to see which size would be best for you. To ensure a good grip as a weapon, use duct tape at the desired handle location, then gauze wrap, then more, preferably fluorescent or safety colored, duct tape over that to prevent recoil.
    8. A machete is always a good weapon, but anything cord-wrapped will slip right out of your hand with one good swing. A good rubber grip is best, like the Gerber Gator machetes.
    9. I’ve never used a Shaolin Spade, but unless you have proper training with it, you’ll be clumsy. You can’t really train yourself with a weapon like that.
    10. I’ve never used a sledgehammer either, but if there’s either more than one zombie or you miss, you’re screwed. So think about that before grabbing one.

  19. RAYDAN (13 May 2012, 8:37)
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    YOU FORGOT THE BET OF ALL ON MELEE WEAPONS,

    Hooligan Bar……….

  20. Angela W (11 Jun 2012, 14:48)
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    I want Andrew on my zombie apocalypse team.

  21. higgs (03 Jul 2012, 13:35)
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    I already have an O.K. assortment of different weapons not Zombie apocolypse specific but a good collection none the less.

    -Melee-
    1. 15 in. Gerber gator Machete with steel band reenforced handle
    2. Winchester Bowie knife 10 in.
    3. SOG Seal Pup knife easy to conceal
    4. SOG Fasthawk Miniature tomahawk

    -Ranged-
    1. Stag arms AR-15 with UTG Swat Force red dot optics W/ a dozen mags and close to 2000 rds
    2. Ruger .45 ACP and a half dozen magazines about 1000 rds
    3. Remington 12ga. semi auto w/ 1000 rds
    4. Remington .243 model 770 w/ 1000 rds

    Also
    Camp axe
    Miscellanious survival gear
    Tactical combat vest
    Other small knives
    Army trained in weapons

    All my knives are razor sharp and i know how to keep them that way
    Im also a pretty good shot with all my weapons

    • Andrew (27 Aug 2012, 8:52)
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      =[ oh how i envy you because of your ar-15. All good choices

  22. higgs (03 Jul 2012, 13:40)
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    I also want to get a hoyt carbon element bow for a stealth ranged weapon

  23. zombieguy (27 Aug 2012, 3:30)
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    i just need a 50 cal sniper with silencer, a M9 with silencer & a military combat knife! And my brain!!!

    • Andrew (27 Aug 2012, 8:48)
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      it makes me so frusterated when people jump to the “Give me a 50 cal”. 50 Cal would be the stupidest gun you could choose, the amount of grains of powder and the metal from the actual bullet could be used for much more rounds than if u used it during a zombie apocalypse. also not everyone can get silencers, they are heavily illegal in canada so people from the north are screwed (sad face)

  24. BabbiDimmerda (07 Nov 2012, 5:36)
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    WTF is katana? you need 4.000.$ for a good grade katana, you can buy a camper with that money and trasform it in a mobile anti-zombie car, and with a 50$ you can buy a good grade machete, or you can buy an sks and a glock 17 with a lot of ammo, this the definitive list:
    1. Bill hook machete
    2. Kukri
    3. Machete
    4. Warmace
    5. Warhammer (not sledge hammer)
    6. Tactical axe
    7. Tomhawk
    8. Crowbar
    9. Steel tube with T shape
    10. Baseball bat
    Ps. The best sword is the italian schiavona.

  25. FrocioChiLegge (12 Nov 2012, 4:22)
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    Lead pipe

  26. Merdus (18 Nov 2012, 16:14)
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    Combat knife? against a zombie?

  27. darth tator (19 Aug 2013, 15:17)
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    10. Shovel
    9. Hammer
    8. Hatchet
    7. Trench Knife
    6. Baseball Bat
    5. Lead Pipe
    4. Axe
    3. Sword (Katana)
    2. Machete
    1. Crowbar

  28. Jason (13 Sep 2013, 11:02)
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    I didn’t see anyone mention a mace being an ideal weapon and it would be for several reasons. 1. it doesn’t need to be sharpened and is ideal for smashing in a zombies skull. 2. Lighter than a sledgehammer, and easier to maneuver with. 3. Being a blunt weapon it would never get stuck in a zombies skull which any kind of blade or axe would. Having your weapon get stuck would eventually mean death. 4. And I mean do a google search and look at all the varieties. They’re awesome. http://www.medievalweaponinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Mace_IMG_3823.jpg

  29. AMP Storm (14 Sep 2013, 0:48)
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    i would much prefer the Naginata or a spear over the Monk’s Spade.

  30. Shawn (16 Sep 2013, 16:24)
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    I really don’t agree with the comment on the Axe or Machete about using a weapon as a tool. If at all possible, I’m going to keep my weapon sharp, oiled, and in pristine condition so that if I’d need it, it will be ready. Yes, machetes are good tools, but if you’re going to be using one strictly for combat, I’d say it’d be worth seperating the tool from the weapon.

    Also, Crowbars aren’t great… They’re weird to grab, and not great as weapons regardless.

  31. Jimmy (04 Feb 2014, 5:03)
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    I have a question. Which is more effective, the hatchet or tomahawk or the fire-axe?
    I think the tomahawk is quite versatile but I could use a third opinion.

  32. Toad (13 Feb 2014, 21:19)
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    The axe is one of the most deadly weapons ever made. As a kid I was hardly without one. An axe with a fiberglass handle with a handy machete and a tomahawk on the belt would be my “tied for first” selection.

    My other first would be a 6-8 foot spear with a tomahawk backup with a machete and a tomahawk on the belt would be my other “tied for first” selection.

    You all can keep the rest.

  33. Constantine (18 Feb 2014, 16:17)
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    Does Crowbar length matter?

  34. Zachary (23 Feb 2014, 2:50)
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    Here is my plan for the zombie apocalypse. I would almost never use a gun, unless I have a silencer for it, as guns are much too loud. Instead, for ranged weapons, I would use my bow and arrows, and also my throwing stars. Both are silent and would get the job done. For close range weapons, I would have any type of sword that I could get my hands on, but if I could have a preference of swords, it would have to be an Ulfberht replica. Also, just for survival purposes, I have a MTech MT-536 that I will be changing the handle of soon. I will also be getting a camping ax for chopping firewood and a machete that I will put a rubber handle on. Also, for a sort of armor to prevent getting bit, I would recommend any thicker leather jacket and gloves. This will still leave your neck open however, so I would just watch my back carefully and try to never get cornered. Also, I am currently trying to slowly build a house up in some trees in the woods, as zombies cannot climb trees. This house will serve as my base of operations and safe-house. Plus, if I ever want to expand and build a city with other people, it is possible to do so safely, if you know how. Plus in the trees, if my arrows ever break, or I run out, I can just make new ones with tree branches, even though it is not recommended. Also, some good rope is a necessary element to my plans as it will be very handy and useful for building what I want to. For a vehicle, I would have to say that I would prefer a good motorcycle for speed, versatility, and overall gas usage, but if you want to just smash through hordes of zombies without a care, I would have to say that a heavily modified Jeep or bus is the key. I say a bus because they have a lot of seats and if you get enough people with good shooting skills, you can be unstoppable, because you can have someone shooting from every window to have a good clear range around the vehicle for when you have to stop for anything plus you have lots of room for supplies that you scavenge so you do not have to risk your life as often. The key to survival in the zombie apocalypse is not just what weapons you will use, but how you will go about trying survive. If you go about it in a smart way, you are more likely to succeed, but if you go about it thinking of only weapons and killing, you might not live as long. To everyone who thinks they are ready for the apocalypse, think again. Do lots of research and come up with the best plan for yourself. Become proficient in everything to do with survival in the wild. You are going to need every ounce of expertise you may have. To everyone, good luck and train hard.



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