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.