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Re: Zombietools.net

Post by Brendan Sullivan » Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:22 pm

It's hard to argue the utility, chopping ability, and in-hand feel of a kukri and I sort of see those stylings in the Femme Fatale and Zack Ax. They're like the Mad Max of the kukri design. So is the ZA the production version of the Fatale, as in the knife-y version will not see the light of day? I sort of liked the prototype pointy shape more, but as said above, I'd really want to get either one in hand and see how it does chopping in various media. It looks awesome, like something I'd hang up and show off, but also take camping if I were running low on style points. I'd definitely pick one up (months from now when I have disposable income that doesn't go into gun stuff :lol: ) if I knew it held up to a Gerber/Estwing/Cold Steel on mundane jungle tasks.

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Re: Zombietools.net

Post by MarkTBSc » Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:33 pm

The Zombietools guys have announced two new pieces of kit. There's the Harvester - their version of a Samurai Sword (and unfortunately verboten on my side of the pond) and the beautiful, beautiful Para Bellum which appears to be their version of the Kukri. It's got a wonderfully compelling shape to it and I know I desire one. Better still, the length and hand-guard make it UK legal.

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Post by zombietools » Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:44 pm

Yep, Mark, the Parabellum was specifically designed to get into the UK. As I said in the ZT blog comments: I even pondered naming her The Parliament Solution, but changed it as to not encourage the hacking up of legislative bodies. Too bad those silly rules prevent UK folks from owning a Harvester.

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Post by iMack » Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:46 pm

I like the style. I am digging these blades, but they are out of my price range. I understand wanting a quality blade, but I'd rather have five shitty ones at a fraction of the cost. (which is actually what I already have) If I was loaded I would get one of these if only because they would look sweet mounted on my wall, but as it stands these would not be practical for me. :(

I do think they are really cool and with some videos of how they are in action, I think these could be quite an awesome tool to have at your side.

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Re: Zombietools.net

Post by Jellis359 » Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:53 pm

i really think you guys need to make some blunt weapons
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Post by trevor3433 » Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:45 am

Jellis359 wrote:i really think you guys need to make some blunt weapons
Such as.....?
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Post by the_black_smudge » Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:48 am

I'd imagine Zombietools could come up with a wicked warhammer or mace
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Post by MarkTBSc » Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:55 am

I'd imagine making something a bit more blunt, or at least less sword-like, would be a major project for the ZT guys. It'd probably require different tooling to their standard setup so they probably wouldn't make many until they were assured of demand. I'd imagine something like their own version of a combat crowbar would need a completely different steel.

I suppose the logical departure from traditional blades for ZT would be some kind of pole-arm. The blades would use similar techniques to their current work and then it'd just be mounted to a stout wooden shaft.

Shipping on something like that would probably be through the roof!
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Post by Alaskanon » Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:56 pm

Something that would be pretty cool is a black ABS Zombie armor! Something along the lines of full riot gear. Also ABS is strong enough to withstand attacks from the undead, and if made well enough melee attacks.
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Re: Zombietools.net

Post by MarkTBSc » Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:48 pm

My Para Bellum showed up. There's a picture on the knife-porn thread (Not here, because you all know what they look like if you know the ZT website!) and I have to say it feels lovely in the hand. I certainly prefer the grip to the one on the UMB and the sheath is very nice. Solid and the thigh/belt attachments seem solid and definitely suitable for emergency situations. The Para Bellum just assumed its place as my primary Melee weapon in the PAW. I will need to read up on the care and feeding of this particular brand of spring steel however. I don't handle my blades, which should reduce corrosion and the finish is pretty good for either keeping rust down or just making it look good, but in a disaster I don't want such an asset to rust away due to my own ignorance.

Maybe I'll lube up the blade with Vaseline or something like I do with my Khukri.

I originally wanted two of these puppies but with the current financial situation and the fact that I'd probably look like a Tit wielding two at once (and I'd probably injure myself) I decided to stick to one for the time-being. I will point out, however, that ZT will do you a pair with inverted sheathes for less than the cost of two singles. Well worth it.
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Post by KentsOkay » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:11 am

Yeah this thread is two years old, sorry for the bump, but JEEZE GOLLY, how well are these things working out for everyone? I am seriously considering buying one, but I really gotta justify the spending of my funds subjectively. If I where not a Jedi Master I'd have broken down and bought one the first time I saw the ZT website...


I got a T-shirt instead

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Re: Zombietools.net

Post by Jeriah » Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:48 pm

MarkTBSc wrote:I suppose the logical departure from traditional blades for ZT would be some kind of pole-arm. The blades would use similar techniques to their current work and then it'd just be mounted to a stout wooden shaft.
They've got the "Reaper," which is 4' overall, with a fairly small steel blade and a long-ass aluminum handle.

I'd like to see something like a Dacian falx: three feet of haft, three feet of blade, with a forward curve to the blade like a brush hook or scythe blade.
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Post by MarkTBSc » Sun Jul 18, 2010 1:05 pm

Jeriah wrote:They've got the "Reaper," which is 4' overall, with a fairly small steel blade and a long-ass aluminum handle.
The Reaper certainly looks awesome, but it's a bit short. I was thinking more along the lines of a Halberd, Glaive, Bill or Bardiche. Maybe even a Partisan. Something with a reach exceeding two meters. Not so good for close quarters but awesome in open field and it serves as a walking stick in rough country.
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Post by KentsOkay » Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:51 am

Pole arms would be awesome. To cut the corners on shipping and production costs, I think it would be reasonable to just sell the heavy-metal-business portion, with opaque instructions for mounting on the pole of your choice...
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Post by 12_Gauge_Chimp » Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:42 pm

KentsOkay wrote:Pole arms would be awesome. To cut the corners on shipping and production costs, I think it would be reasonable to just sell the heavy-metal-business portion, with opaque instructions for mounting on the pole of your choice...
That sounds like a good idea and maybe they could expand on that and sell kit versions of their machetes as well.

The kit would contain a finished blade, a sheath and some kind of handle material along with mounting pins.
You could either choose to use the supplied handle material or use something else.

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Post by Jeriah » Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:44 pm

I like the spearhead (to be mounted on a shaft of your choosing) idea. They'd be affordable, too, if spearheads by other companies are any indication. I'd like to see Zombietools' version of a Cold Steel Bushman, but scaled up so it's more like a machete in the hand and a glaive on the pole.
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Post by 12_Gauge_Chimp » Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:48 pm

That would be interesting to see.

I'd like to see some smaller blades, something in the 7 inch and smaller range.

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Post by KentsOkay » Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:06 pm

I emailed them a concept drawing of a trench knife a week or two ago (before I found this forum thread), with the specific intent for a small, lethal backup blade.

Shall I draw up some spear heads to bug them with?
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Post by Storm Crow » Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:49 pm

Jeriah wrote:I like the spearhead (to be mounted on a shaft of your choosing) idea. They'd be affordable, too, if spearheads by other companies are any indication. I'd like to see Zombietools' version of a Cold Steel Bushman, but scaled up so it's more like a machete in the hand and a glaive on the pole.
Hmmm, seems like I've seen someone recently that does machete-sized blades with socket handles... Man, why is it slipping my mind who it is? :mrgreen:
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Post by KentsOkay » Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:03 pm

that is seriously cool! Just produce for yourself or...?
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Post by Jeriah » Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:50 pm

Storm Crow wrote:
Jeriah wrote:I like the spearhead (to be mounted on a shaft of your choosing) idea. They'd be affordable, too, if spearheads by other companies are any indication. I'd like to see Zombietools' version of a Cold Steel Bushman, but scaled up so it's more like a machete in the hand and a glaive on the pole.
Hmmm, seems like I've seen someone recently that does machete-sized blades with socket handles... Man, why is it slipping my mind who it is? :mrgreen:
:lol: Those are awesome. For something to use as a polearm, I think you'd want the socket parallel to the blade, though, to make a stabbier spear. (Not to disparage the chopping advantages of the angled grip.)
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Post by Storm Crow » Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:28 pm

Jeriah wrote:
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Jeriah wrote:I like the spearhead (to be mounted on a shaft of your choosing) idea. They'd be affordable, too, if spearheads by other companies are any indication. I'd like to see Zombietools' version of a Cold Steel Bushman, but scaled up so it's more like a machete in the hand and a glaive on the pole.
Hmmm, seems like I've seen someone recently that does machete-sized blades with socket handles... Man, why is it slipping my mind who it is? :mrgreen:
:lol: Those are awesome. For something to use as a polearm, I think you'd want the socket parallel to the blade, though, to make a stabbier spear. (Not to disparage the chopping advantages of the angled grip.)
True. That's why if I were making a socket-handled blade that was intended for double duty as a pole arm, I'd probably align the end of the socket with the tip of the blade. :D The socket-handled blades I've done so far have been socket-handled for strength, comfort, and niftiness, not for use as pole arms. I'd adjust as necessary for a double duty blade.

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Post by ArmchairWarrior » Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:27 am

These are some sexy blades.

Can the scales on the hilts be removed? It would be cool if someday you sold interchangeable scales made of G10, micarta, or maybe some hardwoods like cocobolo or something. I love the finish, looks very 'rough from the forge'! If I weren't facing starvation come this semester, I'd totally look into getting one of your swords! :D

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Re: Zombietools.net

Post by TafkanX » Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:26 pm

Seriously, this thread still lives? This thing was started before I took my extended leave of absence from the forums. Craziness. For the sake of relevance, everything still looks awesome (if way out of my price range) and I like the new products. One of these days I'll manage to sneak something into the budget under the radar. I do like that Para Bellum quite a bit. *sigh*
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