I don’t know if we have yet reached peak zombie, but if not, we are probably close. Although I never went crazy about all the zombie themed gear that has risen up to capitalize on the trend, I’ve long enjoyed some good z-themed-fiction, and that includes The Walking Dead which airs its mid-season finale next Sunday.
Much in the way I think science-fiction is at its best when used as a form of social commentary, good zombie fiction uses the zedheads as a stand in to explore the breakdown of modern civilization.
Much like one of my favorite quotes from Horace Kephart, – “It isn’t the fellow who’s catching lots of fish and shooting plenty of game that’s having the good time; it’s the chap who’s getting ready to do it.” – I get a certain amount of satisfaction from planning gear lists, bug out bags, travel vectors, etc., and The Zombie Survival Guide is a fun diversion into the subject. It is hardly wasted time, as the same mental energy can be applied to potential real-world SHTF situations, such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
So with that in mind, I’ve been asking myself this season what knife I would want on my side if I were a character on The Walking Dead.
For me, I would want something built hell-for-stout that could function well in a combat role, but also accomplish woodcraft and utility tasks.
My current vote goes to the Becker BK7. I recently picked one up used that already had some pre-post-apocalyptic mods, with stippling on the scales and rubber tubing haphazardly wrapped around the handle.
Even in my untrained hands, it feels controllable and not at all cumbersome. Any larger or heavier and I feel like I would not be able to defend myself as effectively. Batoning and slicing ability is good and whittling is doable, but I may add a finger choil to make detail work easier.
Off to you dear readers! What knife would you like to have if you found yourself in the midst of a zombie outbreak?