One must always take time to prepare for the future and the unexpected whether that means planning for retirement, purchasing insurance for possible future issues, or structuring a will for the inevitable. It’s is important to plan to ensure that we maintain our standard of living despite what life may through at us. In the case of a friend of mine he is in the planning phase of preparing for a zombie apocalypse. It’s something that weighs heavy on his mind and he decided it was time to make a proactive movement towards making sure he can get them before they can get him.

I have to admit that I would be a noon time snack for a Zombie since I have done nothing to educate, or prepare, myself for their coming. However my friend has a vast amount of knowledge on the subject and therefore has provided me with some direction. It turns out that in order to protect oneself from a Zombie you need to sever the Zombie’s brain from the body. Apparently you don’t want to miss with the attempt as things apparently get real ugly. It appears that a shotgun serves this purpose very well however certain situations sometimes dictate the need for a different method. After some exhaustive research my friend I came up with the Zombie Bat concept. The design is really quite simple and it includes a 20 inch blade mounted to a Louisville Slugger. The idea is that the zombies can be dealt with at close range while the living, which is after the food supply, can be beat away with the other end without causing death. It’s all about safety.

Since this is a relatively new and revolutionary step in weapons design we felt as though a proto type was in order. After rummaging through his garage my friend emerged with a well used baseball bat. So with the bat in hand, a Sharpie, and a chunk of cardboard the design team went to work carefully calculating out the required specifications. With the raw material collected and the blueprint complete there was nothing left to do but create.

Using the cardboard template as a rough guideline a basic shape was plasma cut from .125” mild low carbon steel (not using blade worthy carbon steel for the prototype) The edges were sanded and a basic form was produced.

 The milling machine was used to notch the bat out to accept the blade. Using a .250” end mill a 1.75” deep hole was milled into the bat in 2 spots. The bat was then cross drilled to accept the hardware for securing the blade. A .750” router bit was used to create a step in the cross drilled holes in order to allow the soon to be machined spacer something to clamp onto.

The spacer’s used to secure the blade were spun from 1” 6061 aluminum. They were stepped in order to allow both the blade and the wood to be clamped down. They were threaded to accept a 6mm socket head bolt and then countersunk to allow for flush mounting of the head.

With the bat assembled some test swinging could be made. Although the blade makes the weapon a little top heavy with a bit of practice, and technique, some good follow through inertia can be had. Although this is only a proto type with the blade left unsharpened this first unit would still buy you a few more survival minutes then if you didn’t have it.

 

 

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  1. Fantastic Gord! I just submitted this to HaD so be prepared.

    On a side note: is a weapon like that legal in Canada? I know it is in Texas :p

    • gordsgarage says:

      Hey Chris, I have prepared myself and will surrender the bat at any sign of trouble. :) I have to admit I working with ignorance here (the kind that could get me into trouble). I am not a weapons guy at all, I know nothing however there are many people out there that will take what I built fairly seriously. I realize that. I do not know what the legalities are in Canada when it comes to home made things like the Zombie Bat. The blade does not have an edge on it however that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t do any damage. Like Ani DiFranco says “Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right”

      Gord

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  3. Looks like I need to make a trip to the salvage yard Saturday to get some 1/8″ mild steel to make one of these.

    Oh, http://hackaday.com/2011/10/31/preparing-for-the-zombie-apocalypse/#comments
    :-)

  4. SomeHoser says:

    Now that just rocks!
    Killer write up, might have to make one myself.
    Thanks

    • gordsgarage says:

      Thanks SomeHoser, the prototype went well. It would be nice to round up some Zombies to give it a go on.

      Gord

      • TheZombieGuy says:

        Use Watermelons, or pumpkins. or if you can get your hands on one, a butchered pig. also, for weight distribution, since the weapon is going to be very top heavy, and only on one side, try adding another blade to the back (i know, making it dangerous to use on the GP, but sacrifices must be made) to help balance out the swing, and so you can get a more accurate contact with potential zombie necks/skulls.

      • gordsgarage says:

        Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll pass all the info onto my R&D department.

        Gord

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  7. joseph says:

    While it’s an impressive prototype, I’d make a few changes in subsequent versions.

    1) Attachment – The blade attachment method just seems a little fragile. Not only in the sense of bolt itself shearing, but also in the wood breaking. Looking at actual axe attachment methods, they all have the wood being surrounded by metal. This will reduce any point-stresses (which propagate very quickly) and protect the wood, should accidental contact with the handle occur.

    2) Blade design – I’m not really sure what you guys are going for, whether it’s a Slashing weapon or a Chopping weapon. Because of the weight, I’d opt for a chopping weapon with a puncture hammer/spike on the non-bladed side.

    3) Pointy bits – The top point just negates any non-lethal intent for using the blunt edge, and the bottom point will catch and snag on the first thing you run by. Just a redesign, but no idea how to.

    In any case, great build!

  8. T-Reba says:

    Oh Mighty Weaponsmith Gord. Let me know when we are going to start on the second prototype. I have some deer carcass lined up for testing.

    • gordsgarage says:

      Deer carcass hey? Hmmmm….hope it’s not too fresh. Zombie’s are fairly brittle are they not? Still slicing up some beef sounds like fun. Can we BBQ after?

      Gord

      • T-Reba says:

        Depending on the length of time the victim has been a zombie will determine the state of the flesh and bone decomposition.
        If I performed my calculations correctly two week of infection will wield the zombies flesh and bones to be harder then normal but their motor skils will be equivalent to a 1.5 year old toddler
        After a few months depending on weather conditions and animal activity the zombies flesh and bones will start to break down allowing for greater insertion of the blade allowing for less effort in the kill.
        This may look good for the uninfected but by the time this happends most of your loved ones and those around them will be infected causing large herds of zombies to be traveling together looking for food. From personal experience it is a lot harder to stop the infected in large numbers.

      • T-Reba says:

        So to answer your question, Yes zombies are brittle but there are many other factors to consider….

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  12. David Morin says:

    This is a good idea, but it can be improve easily: change the basseball bat by an ax handle. (Not sure how to say this in english.)

    Why? A basseball bat is built to hit a ball, not a human. It will break pretty soon. (Ask a thug or a policeman in your area, they know.)

    But an ax is exactly built to hit VERY strong ” something “. So, the handle will not break by hitting zombie.

    They sell ax handle pretty much anywhere.

    David Morin

    • gordsgarage says:

      Hi Dave, thanks for the suggestion. I agree an axe handle would lend itself well to the design however the bat was choosen because it carries with it a certain “testosterone” factor. Perhaps I need to consider a second design here. Thanks!

      Gord

  13. Ben Blessing says:

    Gord, I am the Race Director for the Wild Idaho 100 Mile Endurance Run. Always for my races, I have ordered custom-engraved Louisville Sluggers for the finishers (since 100 mile trail runs are worthy of a sweet award). How much could I order a few of these for? I would probably want 4 of them. Let me know by my email. Thanks!

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  15. Michael says:

    Like the prototype.

    You could solve the handle breaking issue by using a Cold Steel Brooklyn Smasher or Crusher. It’s made of solid polypropylene and is nearly unbreakable.

    Also, it’d be fairly easy to make one from circular saw blades. Especially if you could get the large hi-carbon ones from a saw mill when they wear out the teeth.

    • gordsgarage says:

      HI Michael, great idea using the Brooklyn Smasher. I checked out their website and the product looks like it would lend itself well to the project. I like the idea of machining polypropylene instead of wood, would not have to deal with wood splintering. Great idea with the circular saw blade too. I have a worn out 14″ metal cutting carbide blade laying around that would lend itself well to the cause. As you got me thinking I can imagine rigging a 2 stroke weed whacker motor to the handle end and then belt drive the blade with it. Would have to definitely have to outfit the unit with a twist grip throttle. AWESOME!!!!!!!!
      Thanks!
      Gord

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  18. Wintermute says:

    What is that curve guide you used for the plasma cut? I need to get one of those…would make some of my plasma work or even some of my OA cuts alot simpler.

    Thanks,

    –Wintermute

    • gordsgarage says:

      Hey Wintermute, I bought the guide at BusyBee Tools in Canada. They call it a “flexible curve” and it is available in either 67″ or 107″ lengths. I looked at the box it came in and there are no markings indicating who actually makes it. Anyway…you can view it here http://www.busybeetools.com/products/FLEXIBLE-CURVE-ALUMINUM-RULE-67IN..html

      It comes in handy since the bend can be locked down solid. I believe it is intended more for the woodworking crowd however it works good with the plasma. I bought the 107″ length and it is a bit long and cumbersome, if I could do it over I would get the 67″ one.

      Thanks!

      Gord

      • Wintermute says:

        Thanks Gord :). I’ll have to get one of those. I looked around for it elsewhere and found them available at trick-tools here in the US as well (although they don’t have the 67″ version, so I’ll probably order from busybee). Thanks for the info! :D

        –Wintermute

  19. furture zombie slayer says:

    hey i looks sick but i agree with the other guy about the handle could you replace it with a metal one and is this for sale my email is glencollins73@gmail.com please email me with info or ideas

    • gordsgarage says:

      Hey there future zombie killer, thanks for stopping by and checking out the prototype. In answer to your questions; yes the zombie bat could be made using an aluminum bat however the construction of mounting the blade would be completely different then how the wooden one was built. And no, the bat is not for sale. Not only are there shipping issue with the bat but the time required to build a proper zombie bat would make it so expensive that I suspect there is not a market for it.

      Thanks!
      Gord

  20. Nicely done!!!! made 2 already one variation tho, I used an old giant softball bat my wife found in the garage. Used a lot of extra reinforcement. I call it ” THE EX-WIFE” not original but it reminds me of her LOL

  21. Kevin survivor of the future zombie apocalypse says:

    I think this is great but technically u just made an axe juss sayin but it definitely looks worthy of a zombie apocalypse

  22. It is very much a 2 handed weapon I will upload pics if you want to see them… just need to finish them up tomorrow. I want to put some finishing touches on them. I wish I couldve found some thinner metal or aluminium even… I will weigh them tomorrow also

  23. Randall G says:

    I need to know were I can buy one this is a great idea

  24. Taylor H says:

    Dear Gord,
    Could you please contact me so i can get the exact size and dimensions for this design, i plan to make my own for the same reason you made one haha. I dont want to get it wrong.

    Thank you for your time.

    • gordsgarage says:

      Hi Taylor, so you’re aren’t leaving you safety to chance? Good on ya. What are you questions? I currently do not have the bat in my possession so giving exact dimensions could be difficult. The best place to start is design a blade out of cardboard as a template.

      Thanks!
      Gord

      • Taylor H says:

        I’m making sure there’s no room for error in the zombie department haha. If possible I would like the dimensions of the blade and bat; thickness of blade and bat, exact angle and arch of curves for the blade, etc. I plan to make my own bat out of either hickory or ash wood using a wood lathe so I wont break the bat swinging too hard. Also how exactly did you drill the bat to fit the blade? What size still bit and what machine?
        Thank you!
        Taylor

      • gordsgarage says:

        Hi Taylor, I am not sure how much help I am going to be. The Thoughts For Food blog posting has pictures that can answer a lot of your questions. I do not have the dimensions of the blade handy. When it was designed it was hand sketched onto a cardboard template. As far as the bat dimensions go this is fairly standard stuff, I am sure there are websites that will give you exact dimensions of standard bats. The blade was cut from 1/8″ mild steel. The pictures on the blog show how I slotted the bat to accept the blade using a .250 endmill on a milling machine. It also shows how I cross drilled the bat using a drill press.

        This project is far from an exact science, there is a lot of room to improvise. Like I had suggested earlier the place to start is with a cardboard template and work off of it. If you want something a bit more precise to built a sample from use 1/8″ MDF, the stuff is super easy to work with.

        Thanks!
        Gord

      • Taylor H says:

        Thank you very much Mr. Gord! Over the next couple months I will be making my own. I hope to get into contact with you again so I can show you the end results of my creation

  25. haunton says:

    I would like to purchase 2 of these…ple.ase let me know how much and how you would like to be paid and I will make it happen A.S.A.P. Thank You.

    • gordsgarage says:

      Hi Chris, thank you for your interest in the Zombie bat. It is nice to see that there are people out there, like you, that plan for the future. Unfortunately I have no bats for sale. The prototype that was featured on my blog was a one time deal and was built for a friend of mine.
      Thanks!
      Gord

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  27. Brennan says:

    As a member of the Louisville band, Decapitron, I’m a little upset about the name (partially because we used to be the only thing you found if you Google searched “Louisville Decapitron” and now our first hit isn’t until page 2). Any possibility we might’ve been an inspiration for the name? And can we get a shout-out?

    • gordsgarage says:

      Hey Brennan, thanks for the interesting bit of information. If you take the time to read my post you will notice that no where do I call this contraption a “Louisville Decapitron”. This post was submitted to Hack a Day by one of my blog followers without my knowing. When it got submitted it was then that it somehow took on it’s current name. I can not take credit for calling it a “Louisville Decapitron” not to mention I would never have come up with that name on my own. The best advice I can offer you is to learn the art of SEO.

      Thanks!
      Gord

  28. Luciano says:

    Eu sou do Brasil e estou fazendo uma arma dessa ora eu pendurar na parede do meu quarto!

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