Hatchets are powerful weapons and tools, they are incredibly useful for survival and facing any kind of apocalypse. Unfortunately hatchets excel more as a strictly survival tool than as a zombie weapon. When using a hatchet or a tomahawk as a weapon against zombies you are faced with many problems the most important of which are:
1. Your range is very short, most hatchets are 15 – 20 inches long ( that’s around 40 – 50 centimeters ). This is ok 1 on 1 but when faced with several zombies, you risk immediate exposure if you miss.
2. There is a chance you will loose your hatchet as they can get stuck rather easily. Again, this is ok 1 on 1, but imagine getting your weapon stuck while faced with two or three more opponents… not cool
Because of the second problem combat manuals in the past suggested using the flat side of an axe in combat in order to prevent loosing your weapon. This is possible with an axe since they are heavier and longer than your average axe and can be used to deliver huge amounts of bludgeoning damage; which a hatchet can not due to the lack of weight and reach.
Because of this, if you are keen on using a hatchet as a weapon during the impeding zombie apocalypse it is better to use trench hatchets which have a spike. It is a lot easier to safely remove the weapon and you will not need to use a lot of power to take down a zed. Your strikes should be at a 45-degree angles so youu do not hurt yourself or open yourself for a counter attack if you miss and spin around.
The kind of combat hatchets you’re looking for are these two beauties.
The full name of this item is the Smith and Wesson SW671 Extraction and Evasion Tomahawk Hatchet. It is 15,9 inches long ( roughly 40 cm ) and weighs 2 lbs ( almost a kg ).
The extra weight will make it easier for you to use it in 1 on 1 encounters and doing various survival tasks like building a shelter or cracking doors open.
The Cold Steel Trench Hawk Axe seems quite similar to the Smith and Wesson hatchet but it is a completely different weapon due to the difference in weight. This tomahawk trench axe weighs only 24 ounces ( 680 grams ), which is a third of the S&W hatchet.
It is also slightly longer, 19 inches ( 48 cm )to be specific. These differences are due to Cold Steel weapons being made from Polypropylene, a highly resistant lightweight material.
Enough about combat oriented hatchets.
A good survival hatchet will get you places and help you considerably during any kind of predicament.
1. Build other weapons, like the spear.
2. Prepare and make zombie traps.
3. Open various containers and boxes.
4. Construct makeshift barricades or even cut down smaller trees for the same or other purpose like building campsite. 5. It can be used as a hammer.
If you look at the hatchet from the perspective of searching for a good, multi – purpose survival tool. If you’re looking for a simple yet effective tool and are on a budget, the Coleman Camp Axe is your ultimate best axe to buy. If you’re not on a budget, one of the best out there is definitely the Gerber Gator Axe Saw Combo, an awesome tool which can be used as an axe, as a hammer and comes with a saw.
If you have any advice or suggestions, please comment below as no advice is too small and every criticism is useful.