Question of the Day: What Knife for the Zombie Apocalypse?

daryl-dixon-the-walking-dead-busse-team-geminiI 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.

J.L. Bourne’s Day By Day Armageddon series comes to mind. Those books and Max Brooks‘ The Zombie Survival Guide appeal to my inner prepper.

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.

Looking to the show, crossbow-toting curmedugeon Daryl Dixon is known for wielding a Busse Team Gemini. You also see a lot of Gerber and Cold Steel products in the hands of other characters.

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?


  1. cmeat says:

    so you outbid me!
    that thing lets scratchy fingernails get too close.
    sweet becker , though.
    go bigger. bk21 heh, heh.

    1. Wasn’t me! I bought it from a bookface group 🙂

      The 21 intimidates me… already got four stitches from mine! Oops…

  2. Spencer says:

    Portland, Oregon–where I live–may have reached “peak zombie.” If you visit expect to be manhandled by snot/feces/vomit-covered homeless zombies trying to extort money, booze and drugs from you. And be sure to thank Portland Mayor Charlie Hales for this example of cultural enrichment.

    1. dph says:

      Seems like most of the homeless zombies in Portland are also heroin/meth addicts, “keeping Portland weird” indeed. On the plus side (I guess), Portland has more strip clubs per capita than any other place I’ve heard of. That said my Zombie choice.

      1. Anchampion03 says:

        A classic for a reason, great choice

  3. sagebrushracer says:

    Classic Ka-Bar for me please.

  4. Primative J says:

    Cold Steel Bushman Bowie. Can be a knife, spear, be thrown, and super durable. Forged from a single sheet of high carbon steel, and has a fire starter.

  5. Jay Heathman says:

    You are on the right track but the BK 9 is the king. Just as fast in the hand as the 7, more reach, reasonable price, lifetime guarantee, and will do anything you ask of it. From splitting Zak skulls to splitting firewood, cutting meat and veggies for food to making feather sticks, this will. do it all.

  6. Dan says:

    I was thinking a WW1 Mark 1 trench knife, the Cold Steel Chaos would be equivalent.

    Shows like The Walking Dead obviously are going with cool flashy stuff. But based on their portrayal of zombies it seems like a dagger style blade and a spear/sharp stick are the most tactically sound choices.

  7. stuartb says:

    The zombie does not relish the Kukri

      1. cmeat says:

        the reinhardt is twenty dollars less, from tomar’s, and made in n.y. state.

  8. ebd10 says:

    ESEE 5 for me; heavy duty and hella tough!

  9. VaqueroJustice says:

    For bushcraft and general chores, Mora, and a leatherman wave.
    For killing zombies, medieval rondell. Nothing better for piercing skulls.
    One can be made quite easily from an sks spike bayonet.

  10. bastiches says:

    A spear.

  11. Bob G. says:

    My choice would be an Estwing spike tomahawk. I’d probably use the spike for “z” elimination. More leverage with the haft, but that Estwing ‘hawk is surprisingly light and quick in the hands.

    Want a knife? I choose the Imacasa 2-handed machete (a giant cane knife). On mine, I’d want to epoxy the tang and bolts with plenty of JB Weld to seal everything well and to allow gripping higher on the handle if need be. The Imacasa’s great with two hands — lots of power — but can be used with one hand. The hook on the spine is useful as well.

    1. Bob G. says:

      Forgot to mention cutting off the excess parts of the bolts and recessing the heads. Makes it much handier.

      Bob G

  12. sam says:

    CRKT FE9. Mall ninja-y, not seriousely practical, low utility for the weight and bulk. But credible for both hacking and thrusting.

  13. Retep Grover says:

    Cold Steel Trail Master.

    You want the brass hilt, to keep your hand from falling forward when stabbing. The Becker falls short in this respect. Otherwise they are awesome.

    Admittedly though, the handle needs a more secure grip scale like the Beckers. The rubber is really only held on my by the lanyard hole after the adhesive gets old.

    Make darn sure you have a lanyard through the hole, and wrap the lanyard around your wrist during use!

    1. The Artful Vagabond says:

      @Retep Grover – I wouldn’t want to be tied to my knife in case it got stuck in a Z’s head & I had to leave it to take care of some others right quick.

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