I have to respect the creativity, production values, gore factor (gallons and counting) and just plain fun of Zombie-based marketing campaigns like this. I’m obviously not a Zombie hater, but I’m not a Walking Dead fanatic and the whole Zombie-based marketing gimmick has been pretty tiresome since the 2012 SHOT Show.
When you think about it, the whole Zombie knife fantasy falls apart even before your willing suspension of disbelief does. If the world really was being overrun by highly-infections cannibalistic crazies (dead or alive; doesn’t matter) isn’t a spitting-distance slicing weapon the last thing you’d reach for? I mean, don’t you need head-shots?
Ka-Bar dove into the Zombie-Knife market pretty deep. Maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised that one of the top knife makers has gone all undead on us, since some of the top brands in the firearms industry like Leupold, Hornady and Eotech all did the same thing at some point. They all slapped biohazard trefoils and florescent-green paint on their otherwise well-made gear, and most of it was just plain silly.
But maybe this is where some of these ugly green-handled knives are actually more useful as survival tools (in the real world, not the fantasy world) than their firearms-accessory counterparts are.
Eotech’s XPS2-Z reflex sight used this cluttered and useless reticule, and some ‘Zombie Blaster’ ammo didn’t even have a projectile in it. Try killing Zeke with one of those! But Ka-Bar’s big green choppers like the ‘Zomstro’ shown above are well-made and (mostly) useful survival knives in their own right. In a real-world survival situation, a conspicuous green handle is a useful survival feature because that knife will be really hard to lose. A $500 Zombie Eotech with a useless reticule is more like the optical equivalent of that drunken tattoo you wish you never got.
Gerber gets this too, as their Bear Grylls Paracord Fixed Blade survival knife demonstrates. I agree with them that survival-suit orange is probably better than bright green, but whatever; when it comes to desert-island survival, conspicuity is king.
And where does this leave the Zombie-themed knife? Hopefully dead. Not undead, just dead.