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Cold Steel’s two-handed Katana Machete: a good tool for clearing brush or legions of the undead from your property. Staff Photo/Lee Williams (Click on photo to enlarge)

 Cold Steel’s two-handed Katana Machete

 Cold Steel is one of those rare companies that has found a way to remove cash from my wallet for things I don’t really need, but gotta have.

Their Assegai? I’ve got two, enough for a frontal assault on Rorke’s Drift.

Their Spetsnaz shovel? Of course.

When I heard the buzz coming from the knife community about Cold Steel’s two-handed Katana Machete, I had to get one.

Zombie-philes will love it.

As billed, it’s a blend of a Japanese Katana and a machete. The 19-inch blade is deeper than the traditional two-handed sword, like a machete, yet it retains a bit of the Katana’s lines. The 16.5-inch polypropylene handle is easy to grip, rough enough so it won’t slip, and firmly fixed to the razor-sharp blade with two stainless-steel rivets.

In essence, what you get is a short, working Katana priced like a high-end machete.

Get ready for a big surprise once you pick one up. As soon as you heft the weapon, you realize that the long handle gives the operator a tremendous amount of torque. It’s like a razor-sharp ball bat.

As a tool, the Katana machete will clear anything but the thickest trees.

As a defensive weapon, whoa! Few edged weapons could beat it, other than a real Katana, which you won’t find even close to the $43.74 MSRP Cold Steel has placed on the Katana Machete. Note: online retailers offer it for much less.

The sheath is functional but a tad cheap and made to be worn on the back, of course. I like that.

To sum: I didn’t need it, but I’m glad I bought it.

I’m off to find some saplings or Zombies to chop.

 

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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