The knife is an important survival tool for all disaster situations. Knives are very versatile weapons that can be used for a variety of tasks. One of these tasks, if needed, is to kill a zombie at close range. With this particular disaster situation being a zombie outbreak, we cannot use a standard survival knife. You know the ones I’m talking about, the one you purchased at Wal-Mart for $15 with the useless compass and hollow handle to hold your miniature bass fishing kit.
We do not believe that the knife should be your primary melee weapon during a zombie outbreak. In order to kill a zombie with a knife, you must be in extremely close proximity. Putting yourself into a bites range should be avoided as much as possible. Also, a knife stab to the head is not always immediately fatal for humans. This of course depends on what part of the brain has been damages. Now because we are talking about zombies, we want to make sure the brain is destroyed.
One stab, One kill… or Deader than Undead.
This killing blow should be delivered with a single stab. The zombie knife should also be durable enough to survive for extended zombie combat. This is why we strictly prohibit the use of blades with a saw toothed back. The teeth of this will make it extremely hard to pull out of a skull to continue fighting. This knocks half of the standard survival knives off the list.
No Knives with Toothpicks and Magnifying Glass.
Trinkets, is also something that should be avoided on a zombie knife. Some would argue against this as it could be a useful way of shedding your gear count and weight by combing things such as bandaids, compasses, matches and fishing lines. Zombie Informer has also stated that your equipment should serve a dual purpose for these reasons. However, it is more important in this case to have a knife that is built in a solid manner, has proven it’s self over the years and is combat ready.
A proper compass is something that should be purchased for sure. This should be a military issue compass built to be water proof with an aluminum frame and use Tritium for night land navigation.
This also goes the same for bandaids. You want to have a first aid kit that can handle more than scrapes and bruises. A few bandaids will not take you very far in a post-apocalyptic scenario. It is extremely important to avoid having your wounds become infected. Without proper medical care, you must do everything in your power to take care of yourself.
KISS- Keep It Simple Stupid.
So Yeah… back on subject. The simpler you zombie knives are, the better. You do not want to use a Gerber multi-tool to take this weapons place. However, a Gerber is something useful to carry, just not for it’s blade. This extends to butterfly knives, switch blades and folding knives. This now narrows our search for a suitable zombie knife even further.
Two Conclusions for Zombie Knives/Bayonets
At this point you must make some decisions about your gear. If you are using a weapon equipped with a bayonet lug and feel comfortable using your rifle for melee, you will want to go with a military issue bayonet. If you do not want to have a bayonet or your weapon does not have a bayonet lug, we recommend going with what is called at “trench knife.”
Recommended Zombie Bayonet: Current issue bayonet for the M16. This is an extremely rugged bayonet that has proven itself through deployments to all corners of the world.
Recommended Zombie Knife: World War One style trench knife. You want to make sure you are not buying a cheap replica. You want an original in excellent condition or a reproduction to original specifications. These make extremely useful zombie knives. They are a proven combat design, they are made for killing, the knuckle guards will protect your hand and can be used to knock a zombie off balance.