Tactical and Zombie Swords

Zombie swords..

Yes, you know what I am talking about - not swords USED by zombies but used AGAINST the shambling, mindless, bloodthirsty horde ticking time-bomb we all know is just a question of time..

But I digress..

The whole 'zombie swords' phenomena began pretty much as soon as the first sword themed discussion boards came online. Many a thread would deteriorate into a tongue in cheek joke was made about how effective a given production sword would be, and how long it would last, if pitted against a charging, zombie horde...

Naturally enough, as we specialize in reviewing and discussing functional swords here on SBG, it could be argued that ANY of the swords we have previously reviewed and tested would make a mighty fine zombie slayer.

But some swords are perhaps better suited to the purpose than others.

And there is no doubt that the sword market in general has, in recent years, embraced promoting specialized zombie swords with a vengeance.

But the true zombie hunter knows that most of the so called zombie swords are for amateurs. Because the big secret is, the best blades for dealing with zombies are rarely labelled as "zombie swords" at all..

Zombie Swords

These days, most of the cheap so called 'zombie swords' can trace their heritage to early 'tactical Ninja' style blades, replacing one craze with another - but in most cases doing nothing but changing the color from black to biohazard green..

Ninja Sword 2005
Zombie Sword...

The problem is, these cheapies are usually quite useless..

VIDEO: Proto-Zombie/Ninja Sword Testing

These kind of swords are back, but now labelled under the zombie swords franchise

The majority of the overly fancy $10-$25 zombie swords are less effective than a machete simply because they are all style and no substance. The blade geometry is wrong, they are made from fragile stainless steel and in truth - if ever there was a need for real zombie swords, these would have to be at the bottom of the list..

You see, the big secret is, the simple machete is actually the true zombie hunters weapon of choice - at least according to the zombie research society who recommend it because it is utilitarian, multipurpose, more or less unbreakable and extremely low maintenance!

Not to mention, they are also EXTREMELY affordable, allowing even the most impoverished would be zombie survivalist to amass a small arsenal of highly effective zombie stoppers!


Safety First

Due to the lack of a hand guard, Machetes should be handled with the utmost of care. Carelessness when using them can easily result in the loss of fingers or worse, so even though they are fun, you should treat them with respect.

Zombies aside for a moment (but only a moment, you just never know when they will rudely claw their way into a discussion) I should probably take a moment to mention that technically, a Machete is not technically a sword.

But the fun part is, the machete's we will be taking a look at are actually very affordable sword/machete hybrids - the best of breed machete swords that take it to a new level - tough bladed, tactical style blades that you would DEFINITELY want to include in your basic 'zombie bug out' kit.

"Katana machete"

Cold Steel

Price Range: $43-55

OVERVIEW: When is a Katana not a Katana? When it is a Katana Machete! It's actually a pretty cool, tactical design - not so sharp or effective out of the box, but once sharpened rather frightening considering the cost..

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"Kopis & Seax Machetes"

Cold Steel

Price Range: $28-49

OVERVIEW: These short blades are modern, updated tactical versions of two ancient, battle tested designs, bringing them screaming into the 21st century and able to bite DEEP into a wooden shield. Not that zombies use wooden shields. But if they started using them, at least this one can cut into them. Again, and again, and again..

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"Latin & 2 Handed"

Cold Steel

Price Range: $14-39

OVERVIEW: Great brush cutters with seriously durable blades, in this review two of Cold Steels most versatile cutters are pitted against a merciless zombified, poisonous, 2 inch long spike bearing mesquite trees..

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Click on the image for the Archived Review

'The Black Wind Katana'. This was the original Tactical 'Ninja' sword that set the standard, an oft copied design whose cheap knockoffs could not hold a candle to the real thing. A legendary blade and a BIG part of tactical sword history.

South East Asian Sword Reviews

Of course, another type of sword that is especially useful against zombies is a good, modern made tactical sword - in other words a blade made from modern steel that uses contemporary fittings made from kraton, paracord, etc with a modern military feel.

Let's take a look at a real classic that was well ahead of it's time, the classic 'Bashee' by Hanwei - and the more traditional, but equally if not more effective Filipino Panabas blade..


Hanwei Forge

Price Range: $182-305

OVERVIEW: This is a modern take on the ancient Burmese Dha, but more than that the Banshee may have been the first tactical sword ever and was actually way ahead of it's time. It can literally split bullets in half! But is that really amazing as it seems? A very interesting and very educational review by 'Shooter' Mike Harris.

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"Panabas Sword"

Blade Culture International

Price Range: $294

OVERVIEW: A unique an incredibly versatile sword with a short blade and long handle - the Panabas is almost perfect for handling a zombie horde. Fast, lightweight, strong and able to be used at long and short range - if you are into exotic blades, this is one you cannot pass by..

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The Ultimate Zombie Swords...

While all of the tactical and zombie swords we have looked at so far are good, we always found them to be lacking in one area or another.

So here we will look at the best zombie swords - including two that we designed ourselves..

The first is a true tactical, ultra durable sword designed by SBG and made in the USA by Chris Palmer from Scorpion Swords and Knives. The second, which was a limited edition design and no longer available to purchase (only 20pcs were and ever will be made) is perhaps the ultimate - the blade that all others would be measured by..

Furia, Sword of the Apocalypse, by John Lundemo..

"Tactical Ko Katana"

Scorpion Swords and Knives

Price Range: $284.99

An SBG exclusive design, the Scorpion Swords Tactical Ko Katana is hand made in the USA by Chris Palmer and, for the price, is incredibly good value for money. Easily one of the toughest, meanest swords we have EVER tested - while demand exceeds supply, if you can get your hands on it - it is well worth the modest investment..

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Longship Armoury

Price Range: $1,949.99

OVERVIEW: The King of the Zombie Swords, Furia is hand made in the USA by John Lundemo of Odinblades fame, and one of the best handling, toughest swords I have ever had the pleasure of testing. Rare and exclusive, this is easily what every zombie sword should aspire to be..

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