Melee Weapon Review: The ShovelJanuary 20th, 2012 |
Lets face it, in the final days, fighting zombies is going to be inevitable. And sometimes you want to take them out, all quiet like. My first rule when it comes to choosing weapons is to remember that blades never need reloading.
But sometimes you don’t have a sword at your disposal and you have to improvise a little bit. That’s why I’m doing a segment on melee weapons. Sometimes it will be about conventional weapons like swords or machetes, and sometimes it will be about improvised weapons, like that 2×4 that just happened to be laying around. Today I want to talk about the shovel.
Yes that’s right the shovel. This multi purpose tool can not only help you with your future gardening projects at your safe house, but can be an effective zombie killing machine. If used correctly.
As there are many diffrent kinds of shovels out there, so let me clarify as to which ones could help you. You want a spade shovel. The kind with the pointy scoop. The flat scoop is great for doggy duty, or shoveling snow, but we are talking about taking zombie heads off here people. The spade is designed to effectively dig through the earth and even chop up roots. This leads to it being better able to sever a spinal cord, or ramming it through a zed’s cranial cavity. As opposed to a flat shovel who’s only use would be to slam a zombie in the face, the spade can effectively be used to inflict more damage to your opponent.
As far as the spade goes, lets discuss two types you want to look into.
The second type of spade I wanted to discuss was actually designed for combat. Entrenching shovels have been around since the Roman Legion and Julius Cesar. The Romans would dig a trench around their sleeping area each night, if there was no established camp, to build a rampart and protect them from would be attackers. This would also be a good strategy to use if you have to camp in the open during the zombie attacks.Since then, these shovels have undergone many design changes. The US Army uses a collapsible shovel for it’s entrenching needs. But our needs are more for the killing kind and not so much the digging kind. So I suggest something like the Special Forces Shovel offered by Cold Steal. This implement can dig and be used for gardening, trenching, and burying just like a normal shovel (abet with a tad more difficulty due to shortness of the handle), but is far more superior for attacking with. Imagine the maneuverability and lightness of a combat knife, but with more power behind it and more killing potential.
There are several things that make this weapon a weapon of choice. First, the edges of the shovel are sharpened down like axes or knives. This way it can be swung like an ax. You can chop wood with this baby, or a zed’s head, depending on the task at hand. Second the short handle allows premium maneuverability. It also allows the flexibility to be used in tight spaces (just grip closer to the head), or out in the open where it’s full potential can be released. Third it’s devastating if thrown. With some training this weapon can be thrown like a knife with double the effectiveness (see the video below). Finally it is portable. Unlike it’s long handled cousin, this shovel can be attached to your belt or backpack using a specially designed sheath. I defiantly would recommend the sheath as otherwise the potential for self injury is increased.
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