Zombie Samurai Sword

Zombie weapon Samurai swordThe katana is a traditional Japanese samurai sword weapon. It’s origins are debated, but generally it is considered to have originated in China and been brought to Japan. It has taken on various forms throughout history in regards to length, crafting, and purpose. By today’s standards it’s generally considered to be a curved singled-edged blade usually possessing some form of hand guard. It’s design makes it incredibly efficient at close ranged combat against opponents who have limbs you’d like to remove.

In a conflict with the undead glancing blows don’t really count for much. You need your attacks to immobilize, decapitate, or ideally just crush the head. A katana’s size and weight make it perfect for the first two. Crushing isn’t its specialty, but it more than compensates for that fact.

Samurai Sword vs Zombie

The average katana weighs 3-5 pounds and can be wielded in one or two hands. This makes it a versatile choice for many different engagement scenarios. The weight,sharp edge, and curve allow the blade to pass through both bone and tissue while maintaining speed and control. This of course assumes proficiency with a sword. If you aren’t proficient and you are planing on keeping a sword on hand then make sure you take some classes. There are many different types of sword schools around. Choose one that focuses on practical combat with a sword and has cutting practice(usually with tatami mats) as part of it’s fundamental style. Also never discount the act of stabbing. It requires considerably less skill than cutting and can have just as detrimental of an effect on the undead.

There are naysayers who claim the katana is a poor choice of zombie weapon. They usually cite the time it takes to master the weapon and/or finding an appropriate bladeZombie samurai sword that will actually hold up in real combat. Like any weapon the katana does take time to grow comfortable with. However the expectation of mastery is far too high. The idea is just to get good enough to cut the zombie and not yourself (or any other human around you).

Also thanks to the beauty of the internet, purchasing a sword that will hold up in combat no longer involves having to trek up a mountain, wait for a full moon on a magic day of the month, and hope the swordsmith is in the mood. Companies now readily manufacture weapons for purchase made from modern alloys that resist rust, corrosion, wear, chipping, and sorts of other problems that plague ancient blades.

That’s not to imply that there isn’t maintenance required with a sword. The blade will need cleaning regularly (blood oxidizes after all) and like all melee weapons you have to make sure you’re able to keep swinging it zombie after zombie. But with proper training and in the hands of a physically fit person the katana makes an ideal weapon to use in battle with the undead.

Here are some of our top picks for affordable samurai swords, with links to more information, ratings and reviews…

SAMURAI IMAGESSPECS OVERVIEWPRICERATING
Fully Hand Forged Thor Japanese Samurai Katana SwordFully Hand Forged Thor Japanese Samurai Katana Sword

Build: Carbon Steel
Length: 28.5 inches
Weight: 2.27 pounds

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$5
Handmade Functional Practical Samurai Katana SwordHandmade Functional Practical Samurai Katana Sword

Build: Carbon Steel
Length: 40.3 inches
Weight: 5 pounds

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$5
Cold Steel O Katana RayCold Steel O Katana Ray

Build: Carbon Steel
Length: 49 inches
Weight: 5.5 pounds

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$$$5
Cold Steel Nodachi Japanese Warrior SwordCold Steel Nodachi Japanese Warrior Sword

Build: Carbon Steel
Length: 57 inches
Weight: 6 pounds

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$$$$5
Spring Steel Japanese Samurai KatanaSpring Steel Japanese Samurai Katana

Build: Carbon Steel
Length: 28 inches
Weight: 3 pounds

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$$$$5
Hanwei Practical Elite Katana SwordHanwei Practical Elite Katana Sword

Build: High Carbon Blade
Length: 27 inches
Weight: 2 lbs., 7 oz

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$$4.8
Cold Steel Wakazashi HandleCold Steel Wakazashi Handle

Build: Carbon Steel
Length: 29.50 inches
Weight: 2.6 lbs.

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$$$4.4
Cold Steel Dragonfly Series Double Edged Samurai SwordCold Steel Dragonfly Series Double Edged Samurai Sword

Build: Carbon Steel
Length: 41.50 inches
Weight: 3.6 lbs.

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$$$$$4.4
Shintogo Handmade 9260 Spring Steel Musashi Koshirae Sharp SwordShintogo Handmade 9260 Spring Steel Musashi Koshirae Sharp Sword

Build: Carbon Steel
Length: 28.5 inches
Weight: 2.75 lbs.

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CAS Hanwei Bushido WakizashiCAS Hanwei Bushido Wakizashi

Build: Carbon Steel
Length: 32.5 inches
Weight: 3.5 lbs.

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