Swords more than just a cutting utensil.

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by GREGULON, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. GREGULON

    GREGULON New Member

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    So while the gun is certainly the modern sword the fact remains it needs complex ammo which the sword needs sharpening. So as I build a home defense/ post Zombie Apocalypse kit I feel the need for a good sword in there and I mean a real fully battle worthy sword. I don't want to spend over $200. Ideas?
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    check out BudK. they have lots and lots of knives and swords at many different price levels.
     

  3. Dillinger

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    You want a battle ready sword, but don't want to spend over $200? :confused:

    What, pray tell, is your life worth in a Zombie situation? :eek:

    Finding a "battle ready" sword is going to be hard enough. With flimsy, or dodgy, steels being stamped out of who knows what, and half tang handles that are pinned on with whatever fits the cost column I would be hard pressed to offer anything that wasn't a "true" sword from a reputable maker.

    Those makers are few and they charge considerably for their services.

    We have discussed this very application on several occasions and there is always a consensus that most sword offerings wont fit the bill because they are too big, too bulky and a horrible weapon choice in close quarters situations.

    One thing that several of us have agreed upon though is that a heavy, stout blade designed to inflict maximum trauma would fit both the survival and close quarters needs.

    The Kukri fits this need in spades.

    I had some pictures of one I designed, but not on this laptop. I'll see if I can find them and post them up.

    The Kukri House is the company Benning and I went through and they treated us really well. We got custom made blades, to our specs, for about $70-$75 each and that includes the expensive shipping from Nepal to the US.

    More to follow

    JD
     
  4. Dillinger

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    Found them. Here is the kukri I designed and the damage I was able to do with it.

    The wood is about a 6" by 8" cross arm that goes on power poles and us used to hold heavy power lines.
     

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  5. The_Kid

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    I kinda like a machete...

    That way it can still preform mundane jobs in-between slayings. ;)
     
  6. TWMIM

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    He's right.

    This kuk has leveled trees, chipped away an icy sidewalk, there's nothing it can't do.

    Swords, you want carbon steel only, stainless is junk.

    Google Kult of Athena, and seek "Battle Ready".
     
  7. Cattledog

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    cool site TWMIM. Decent prices too. didnt expect to see a battle ready cutlass! Thats what you need gregulon. Then you could be like.., "Eyaaar! avast ye zombie dogs! " then like, hack em up or whatever.

    Completely unrelated side note. Hallucinogens are bad for you, just sayin.
     
  8. RolltideAR

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    Very nice! Did it atleast get to draw blood before you sheathed it again? Don't want bad joo joo. Lol
     
  9. TWMIM

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    I've got swords, collected for some time now, and these guys are the best online. The inspect each piece before it goes out, their ship time is ridiculously fast.
     
  10. Ploofy

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    You may want to look into an ax or halberd instead. To truly use a sword it takes a long time of practice, and the build of the sword decides the style of use. An ax, however, can just be swung and it'll get whatever needs to be done done. A halberd similarly so, but with the addition of being able to stab and having that extra range.
     
  11. reloader97

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    You should look into a machete, Cold steel, SOG and Gerber all make great ones.
     
  12. Dillinger

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    I actually forgot about that right out of the gate, so no it didn't I'm sorry to say. It has had blood in since that day of testing though, so I am hoping to balance the ju ju out over time. :embarrassed:
     
  13. bkt

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    I keep this with my BOB: tactical wakizashi. It's extremely durable, fast, light, very sharp OOTB and a good length (blade 20", overall 31"). Full tang. Can be found for under $200 online.
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    If you want something more versatile go with a good kukri or machete.
     
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  14. bkt

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    In case you haven't already found this link:

    http://www.kultofathena.com/swords-modern.asp

    Battle-ready modern tactical swords. Should have something there that would meet your needs.
     
  15. Cattledog

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    Just on the note of practice with swords, hardwood bokkens are pretty cheap and surprisingly decent cardio and upper body workout. Plus, I dont have to worry about cutting my pups tail off (or anything else) by accident. If you buy a sword, spend the little bit extra for a similar weight/balanced bokken to practice with.
     
  16. cnorman18

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    Onikiri Katana. Handmade Japanese carbon steel, differentially tempered with real hamon line. Blade is HRC 18, shinogi (edge) is HRC 45. You can get 'em lots of places online for well under $100. A little touchup with a ceramic crock stick -- I mean a LITTLE -- and it's scary sharp. Be careful.

    Yeah, I know; too good to be true. What can I tell you? I have one and I love it. Not fancy at all, but it's the real deal.
     
  17. Tiny_MN

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    Wouldn't bother with the halberd. Too clumsy. Just go get a decent axe and be done with it. Multi-purpose and can still use it in day to day life if you want to go camping until Zombie-Day occurs.
     
  18. Ploofy

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    You can also get into Chan Bara. Most Karate dojos teach it now. It was pretty new back in 2005, and I won state and national in it for my age group, not that that's saying too much.