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ZombieTools Deuce-II/Blackhawk Gideon
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Two new acquisitions this past week. A reasonably sized fixed blade knife: the Blackhawk! Gideon Tanto. An all out SHTF multi-role chopper: the ZombieTools Deuce-II.

Let's start with the Gideon. This is a very stout blade. Here's a link to the specs ( http://www.blackhawk.com/product/Gideon-...817,35.htm ). This blade is seriously heavy-duty. It is very comfortable in fore or reverse grip. When I pick up this blade, I feel a sense of confidence. No, not that the blade is making up for any lack thereof, but that this is a knife that is ready and willing to go beat something up... and knows it can do it. Priced at about $100, this is a piece of steel that does not feel at all like a safe queen or curio. I am anxious to take this blade out and beat on it... but more on that later. Comes with a molded, locking sheath, and multiple attachment options.

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Now... on to the Deuce-II. ZombieTools is a Montana based blade smith turning out far more than functional 5160 Carbon Spring Steel blades. there website is at http://zombietools.net/tools/ . If you have no experience in 5160 steel, let me just tell you that this stuff is super tough. It is extremely resilient... you can bend the blade to 90 degrees (albeit with a considerable effort) and it will snap back to true. You can make bad cuts, and the edge will laugh off damage. You can abuse this steel in stupidly cruel ways, and it will cut your fingertip off if you err in your handling for even a microsecond. (see video below: "Destroying the Deuce")



I purchased this blade because I was seeking a really tough all purpose survival chopper. This is a blade you can split logs, clear brush, and separate heads from torsos with... without bothering to sharpen in between. The ZT blades come pre-distressed, or aged... they look like they've been sitting lodged in a stump, just waiting for you to come along and free them... so they might continue a life of service and mayhem.

The handle length on this blade, particularly, allows for a tremendous amount of force to be applied with a wrist-snapping motion, giving it the cutting power of much longer (but much riskier in extreme use) blades. The handles are made of aluminum, and they blend so seamlessly with the full tang blade, the whole sword feels like one solid piece. The leather wrap is simple and grippy... no need to worry about this thing flying across the yard. Balance is slightly forward, as it should be in a chop-oriented piece. This blade would be equally at home on a wall display, or a genuine zombie apocalypse. The double walled heavy duty cardboard box this blade was shipped in lasted only moments after unboxing. Free standing, the 6X6" board made for an impromptu tameshigiri test, and with a draw cut, was cleanly cleaved several times... no binds, no pulls, and no hangers. In the case of use against an attacking zombie, you needn't be bothered if you miss the neck. This piece will easily cut through the tops of the shoulders, clavicles, and spine of a shambler.


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A few things I am considering: These blades require a bit of maintenance. A light oiling or some "black rust" oxide should do the trick. Also, though the Deuce is already extremely sharp, I am sending it to Tom Veff to have the edge re-profiled (along with several other blades) in order to have the absolute sharpest, strongest blade this side of the Mississippi. I am also having Veff serrations installed on the Gideon, as well as the Veff sharpening. http://veffsharpening.com/
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That sword is probably the biggest waste of money I've ever seen....


I must have one. Big Grin
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Beautiful! I've been waiting to hear from you before I pulled the trigger on an Apokatana. I have absolutely no idea what I'd do with it..., but sometimes that isn't the point. Big Grin

Justin
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I also have my eye on the bone machete..., because I think it would be more useful for what I actually need one for..., but I did just get the Tops. Who cares? Just another prep. Smile

Justin
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So I'm pretty sure I need one of the duece 2's, one felon, and two vakra's. I mean, I want all of them but let's be practical here.
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JustinHEMI;119262 Wrote:I also have my eye on the bone machete..., because I think it would be more useful for what I actually need one for..., but I did just get the Tops. Who cares? Just another prep. Smile

Justin

Dual wielding!
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I really dig 5160. Looks like a good piece of cutlery. How well does it chop broccoli?
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spblademaker;119298 Wrote:I really dig 5160. Looks like a good piece of cutlery. How well does it chop broccoli?

Well, you can rock the blade for chopping veg, but that would depend more on skill than equipment. I estimate you could probably chop through every last piece of broccoli in Pennsylvania, and behead a cow, several deer, about 940 chickens, and wipe the blade off to do it all over again tomorrow.

I have been practicing my cuts to get used to the weight and reach. This style of blade is very different from a katana or a broadsword. Like the Cheness Oniyuri, this is very much a CQB weapon... definitely giving an advantage in tight spaces.
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I wish I had a deer carcass lying around for you to chop thru!! Big Grin
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