Zombie vs Machete

How to Incorporate a Machete Into a Survival Kit

As more time passes after a large scale zombie infection, consumables like gasoline and ammunition will become increasingly scarce and valuable. With enough time, even the most prepared survivors with the largest stockpiles of ammunition will eventually run dry. For the majority of survivors without the luxury of such stockpiles, conserving precious ammunition is even more critical to long-term survival.

The ability to outrun the majority of imminent threats is one of the most important survival skills to learn, and conditioning should be a constant priority for everyone that wants to avoid joining the undead hordes on their ravenous rampage. However, there will inevitably be situations where simply outrunning the undead will not be possible. It will be times like these where a sturdy hand-to-hand weapon will be invaluable.

The Simple but Versatile Machete

There are several options to choose from when choosing a hand-to-hand weapon. Personal preference, cost, and ability to train are all factors when making the choice. One of the best all-around hand-to-hand weapons is a simple machete. Machetes are cheap, reliable, and relatively easy to wield with some practice. Despite what some might think, you don’t have to go to Mexico to find one either. Machetes are available in most of the larger sporting goods stores, usually around the camping section.

The most obvious use for a machete is as a zombie decapitator; the blade of a machete is sharp enough to slice through the throat of an undead aggressor with ease. Remember that a decapitated zombie head still poses a threat unless a follow up blow is dealt directly to the brain. Far too many have learned the hard way what an overlooked zombie head can do to an unfortunate ankle. If there’s time, save yourself -and any potential survivors that might cross the zombie head’s path- trouble by putting the despicable creature completely out of its misery with a clean slice through the brain.

Although it is typically ideal to destroy the zombie’s brain, there will be situations in which it will be impractical or impossible to do so. Remember that any reduction in a zombie’s ability to walk, grab, or eat survivors can be useful. Well timed slices to the arms or legs can provide enough of an opening to either escape or follow up with a blow to the head. Do not, under any circumstances, try to jab the machete into a zombie’s gut. Not only will this do absolutely zero damage, but will also require dangerously close proximity to the zombie’s arms and mouth to recover the machete, and there’s a chance the weapon will be lost altogether.

Machete is a Prime Survival Tool

The usefulness of the machete goes beyond combat applications. There will be times when a tool will be needed to cut through rope or firewood, as well as countless other potential scenarios where a large sharp blade will be useful. If at all possible, keep the machete blade sharp with a sharpening stone. If none are available, a regular rock or other hard surface can work as well. However it is done, keeping the machete blade sharp at all times is critical. The last thing any survivor needs is to only make it halfway through a zombie’s neck.

It should go without saying that studying the proper technique for using a machete is absolutely essential. Like every weapon and piece of gear, an improperly used machete will cause more problems than it solves, the least of which will be accidentally cutting off your own limb instead of the limb of a hungry zombie. Avoid being the undead’s good fortune by becoming a limping snack. Study hard and train extensively!

Here are our top pick machetes with links to more information, ratings and reviews…

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Condor Warlock MacheteCondor Warlock Machete

Build: High Carbon Steel Blade
Length: 19 3/8 inches
Weight: 2.5 pounds

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$$$5
Woodmans Pal Machete Nostalgia CollectionWoodmans Pal Machete Nostalgia Collection

Build: High Carbon Steel Blade
Length: 16 1/2 inches
Weight: 3 pounds

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$$$$5
Ontario SP8 Machete (Black)Ontario SP8 Machete (Black)

Build: High Carbon Steel Blade
Length: 15 inches
Weight: 1.4 pounds

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$4.7
RAMBO IV MC-RB4 MacheteRAMBO IV MC-RB4 Machete

Build: High Carbon Steel Blade
Length: 18 inches
Weight: 2.8 pounds

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$$4.5
Guide-Master Outback 22in. MacheteGuide-Master Outback 22in. Machete

Build: Stainless Steel
Length: 22 inches
Weight: 1 pound

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$$$$$4
Cold Steel San Mai Gurkha KukriCold Steel San Mai Gurkha Kukri

Build: VG-1 San MAI III Steel
Length: 17 inches
Weight: 2.6 pounds

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$$$$$2.8
Ka-Bar 1249 Kukri MacheteKa-Bar 1249 Kukri Machete

Build: High Carbon Steel
Length: 18 inches
Weight: 2.4 pounds

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Gerber Blades Gator Machete ProGerber Blades Gator Machete Pro

Build: Carbon Steel Blade
Length: 16 1/2 inches
Weight: 1.1 pounds

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Woodmans Pal Classic MacheteWoodmans Pal Classic Machete

Build: Carbon Steel Blade
Length: 16 1/2 inches
Weight: 1.5 pounds

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Woodmans Pal Premium MacheteWoodmans Pal Premium Machete

Build: Carbon Steel Blade
Length: 16 1/2 inches
Weight: 1.5 pounds

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