The Katana is one of the most deadly and finely crafted swords in history. Originating in Feudal Japan, these were the primary weapons of the Samurai warrior class. They were known for their legendary blades that have the ability to slice through a person in one swing. The high strength and razor sharp blade is why we are recommending the katana as the #1 Zombie Sword.
The Katana was built using a blade, pegs, handle, blade collar, spacers, and guard. The blade is approximately 23.6-28.7″ long and single edged. The pegs go through the handle and the blade to hold the assembly together. The handle is constructed of wood and is long enough for two hands. The blade collar fits at the end of the handle against two notches on the blade. Spacers are basically washers used in the handle assembly construction. The guard protects the hand and is usually very ornate.
The blade of the katana is a perfect slicing machine. The Samurai used to grade a new katana based on how many people it could slice through in a single blow. They would test this on captured criminals. There are reports that in a single swing, a samurai was able to slice through four people. You will not find that kind of ability in a machete.
These blades were built with extreme attention to detail by master sword smiths. The katana was built over many days by heating and folding steel. Carbon was added during the process to provide additional strength. The gentle backward slope along with a diamond hard, razor sharp edge makes this blade perfect for decapitating zombies.
The handle of the katana is built using wood, bamboo and metal. This is then wrapped in a decorative yet functional manner. The length of the handle allows for the use of both hands. This lets the user apply more force and precision in each strike.
The katana weighs about 3 lbs, depending on the length. This weight should be very balanced instead of blade heavy like the machete. Heavy weight is not necessary because the katana. This is due to its use of slicing instead of chopping like less refined weapons.
It should be noted that the Katana is a weapon that requires special care and training. If the blade is not well maintained, it will quickly rust and become dull. There are also special techniques used to attack with this weapon. These methods must be followed or the blade can be permanently damaged. Should you choose this weapon, you will want to look into this further.
So basically, the katana (if used correctly) can be an extremely deadly weapon for slayin’ zombies. Although you will have to train a lot to become proficient, but you should want to do this with any weapon you own. We do not believe you can but a better single purpose zombie slaying weapon. However, you should also look into melee weapons that have dual purposes as well.