Here's yet another essential to add to your zombiepocalypse toolbox. The Gerber Gator Machete Pro ($55) was designed with zombie killin' in mind — you can see it in use on The Walking Dead — and as such features a multi-purpose blade that can be used as an axe, machete, or knife, a grippy rubberized handle, a military nylon sheath, and an included sharpening stone to keep it ready for action when you're on the move. Oh, and you can also use it for clearing brush, chopping through branches, and other more mundane tasks.
It's not exactly a switchblade, but it's as close as you're going to get while staying on the right side of the law. The Benchmade 581 Barrage Knife ($220-$235) offers an AXIS Assist locking mechanism that helps you get the blade out in a hurry when it's needed — such as when fighting off
rival gang members angry flocks of chickens — and a reversible pocket clip to keep it handy. Available with a plain, ComboEdge, or black-coated blade.
Inspired by professional mountaineer Ueli Steck, these new Wenger Titanium Knives ($140-$200) promise maximum utility in a lightweight package. The blade on all three knives is 50 percent thicker than standard blades and offers six functions, while — depending on the model — you'll also get extra appendages like a wood saw, bottle opener, file, wire stripper, can opener, and key ring.
We're big fans of minimalistic wallets, but we're not sure we've ever seen one that doubles as a knife. Designed by John Kubasek, the Creditor Carbon Fiber Money Clip Knife ($200) is a cunning combination of materials and functionality, featuring a carbon fiber and titanium body that folds to become credit card size — hence the name — while a clip holds your cash and cards, but press down on the side of the handle and it unlocks to become a handy six-inch blade. It can even fit into another wallet with the clip removed. Just be careful not to inadvertently cut your money in half — nothing says "shady" like paying for your Starbucks with a taped-together twenty.
Our armed forces may finally be getting equipped for the next threat to humankind. Longtime military supplier Ka-Bar just announced a new collection of weapons made specifically for fighting off the zombie hordes. The line is made up of the Ka-Bar ZK-War Sword ($70), Ka-Bar ZK-Death Dagger ($70), Ka-Bar ZK-Pestilence Chopper ($48), Ka-Bar ZK-Acheron Skeleton ($13), and Ka-Bar ZK-Famine Tanto ($48). The tactical knives sport toxic green handles (so you can spot them quickly in the event of a sudden outbreak), but also come with black replacement handles for those who like to sneak up on their undead prey. [Thanks, Todd]
Made by hand in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Case SlimLock Knives ($190-$250) feature a contemporary yet timeless design that's perfect to carry in your pocket for a few decades. First shown to us by Mr. Billy Reid, the SlimLock sports a one-hand opening drop point blade and comes in seven handle choices, including bone, ivory, mother-of-pearl, abalone, and our favorite, walnut.
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Ever wish you could roll-your-own Swiss Army knife, carrying just what you need when you need it? Meet the Switch Modular Pocket Knife ($80). Born from the hivemind of quirky, the Switch includes two exterior body covers, two slotted caps to hold everything together, three interior axles that range from small (2-6 tools) to large (7-13 tools), and 18 tool attachments, including screwdrivers, a bottle opener, a saw, various blades, a flashlight, and even a 1GB USB memory stick — making it one of the most versatile and most geeky multi-tools you can buy. Snap out of the standard pocket tool fare.
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Clean design isn't an attribute you'd normally associate with multi-tools, but then again, you've never seen one quite like the Gerber Fit ($50). Hidden within its smooth, compact body is a 25 lumen LED flashlight, a large locking main screwdriver with interchangeable bit, additional micro flathead and cross drivers for small electronics, a partially serrated blade, scissors, and a bottle opener — everything the modern man might need in one stylish package.
Want to carry a knife but don't feel like adding any extra bulk to your already crowded pockets? Check out the CardSharp (£15; roughly $23). Thanks to its ingenious folding design, the CardSharp is the same size as a credit card, yet offers a 65mm stainless steel blade, and folds up securely for travel. A bit of advice: make sure it's not in your wallet the next time you're heading into the TSA line.
Who said you had to be at home to enjoy the precision of a Shun blade? The Shun Higo Nokami Gentleman's Knife ($100) lets you bust out your culinary cutting skills wherever the need arises, with a locking foldout six-inch blade made from high-carbon stain-resistant VG-10 steel, a resin-infused PakkaWood handle with an inlaid silver and brass samurai family crest emblem, and an included black lacquer box with leather sheath. Good for cutting everything from steak to sushi.
If you asked what we would want to take with us in a stranded situation, we'd probably say a filled iPod, food, or perhaps a back catalog of Playboy (for the articles, of course). A more practical choice, however, would be the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Knife ($60). Designed by Gerber and the Grylled one himself, this unique wilderness tool features a half-serrated high carbon blade, a stainless steel pommel at the base of the handle, an emergency whistle in the lanyard cord, and a host of goodies in the included sheath, like a fire starter, diamond sharpener, and Bear's Priorities of Survival pocket guide for those times when you need some Yoda-like wisdom. [Thanks, Andrew]
Get maximum utility with a minimal imprint on the environment with Wenger EvoWood Knives ($65-$130). Just like regular Swiss Army Knives, these feature a variety of tools, from seven implements in the EvoWood 11 to a full eleven — including pliers with a wire crimper and cutter — on the EvoWood S557, but more importantly feature the company's new concave/convex Evolution handle design, created from sustainable top-quality Swiss Walnut that would other wise be waste material, making these some of the world's greenest multi-tools.