When you run out of ammo what melee weapon would you use to fight zombies?
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A blunt weapon that's strong. A bladed weapon would get stuck in zombie flesh. Maybe a cricket bat or something. It's wide and strong so would probably knock a zombie over when a baseball bat might not. When the zombies on the floor you can run / curbstomp its head.
Fire axe or large hammer. Katana's are all well and good in the short term or small scale but unfortunately they require a lot of sharpening often, you can only cut off 5 or 6 heads before its too blunt to be practical, which is why samurai's where also trained to be such good hand to hand fighters as well.
Cutting edge weapons would likely deteriorate over time, due to all the zombie gore.
" Well, a katana would be the perfect zombie killing weapon. But here in Norway I would be much luckier finding one of those tridents that farmers use to lift hay. I think they would be rather effective. "
Machete is a bad weapon imho.
The fact that it is light is debatable, try swinging that thing for a while.
When a Machete gets stuck in a tree it's a fuckin bitch to get out due to it's shape. Same would be for bone I imagine.
I had to work with a machete more then once, if you are an average build person (not muscled) you will not last.
Sure you can swing it around well and it chops up rain forest vegetation pretty easily, but anything with substance and it's not so good. That's why they exist predominantly in places with low amounts of hardwood vegetation, like the tropics or Africa.
Don't even get me started on sledge hammers, it's all fantasy bullshit we like to see in video games and movies. Sledgehammers are too godamn heavy! Good for a few swings but hen you're fubared.