Greetings all! Shinsei here, and at the behest of another LZ member I offer you this tiny tidbit of information in the hopes that you can choose the best sword to defend yourself and loved ones against the upcoming Zombie threat.
First off, unlike guns, swords are always loaded. Of course they are by default a close range weapon so swords should only be used as a last resort to long range gunfire.
Contrary to popular belief, most swords aren't that heavy. The average katana weighs in at a little over 2 lbs and the average European sword at 3 lbs. Of course there are times when things will be different, either heavier or lighter, but for the most part this is the rule. We will be talking about the advantages of the most popular swords.
Katana- Seemingly the most popular sword out there, the katana has been the choice of most melee fighters for a while. While primarily a slashing weapon, the katana is light and swift, and with modern times producing some of the best performing katana out there, now is the best time to get your hands on one. And with some coming in at under $300, you can get a decent katana in your hands without breaking the budget. One of the only disadvantages I can think of is that a katana is only single bladed. So it's great for cutting off a head, but you'd have to shift your hand quickly to bring it back and make another cut. But again, it's a popular and deadly sword.
The Bastard Sword (Two Handed European Style)- It's heavier than it's Japanese counterpart, by 1-2 lbs, and it's double bladed. It can sever limbs and go through heads in one shot. With proper technique, sometimes you can go through more than one Z at a time. Also being produced in record number and quality, a bastard sword will serve you well in battle. With it's wide cross guard, it can be used to stop a forward moving Z if you happen to accidentally run it through. A major advantage over a katana. Also in a pinch, the pommel and guard can be used as a blunt instrument also.
Remember, swords aren't machetes and shouldn't be used as one. This will maintain the blade and keep it working well for a while.
Any questions feel free to ask, or if you think I'm full of it when it comes to something, please point it out to me.
We will continue this discussion after these important messages. (I'm going to sleep.)
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