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Weapon Madness – Round Two – Melee Weapon Contest: Hammer vs Pitchfork Revisited

Weapon Madness – Round Two – Melee Weapon Contest: Hammer vs PitchforkThe other night, I was thinking about getting an old fashioned zombie movie bracket going again, when I realized that I never finished the weapon madness bracket. In fact, when we last left off – oh, I don’t know – two years ago, we were pitting the hammer versus a pitchfork. I have no idea about the results of that trial, so here it is again.

The Bracket so far

Which one would you take in a zombie apocalypse?

Hammer

Pros: can use as a makeshift crowbar, could break bone, light on the arms
Cons: hammering nails could raise attention, damage pending on arm strength, useless against multiple zombies

Pitchfork

Pros: can pin a zombie to a wall, could be used push back multiple zombies, long swing radius
Cons: could get stuck in a zombie, could be cumbersome going through doors, breakable handle

Just a reminder about the judging. These are Romero type zombies. They are slow and sluggish. Headshots or decapitations will kill them. Bites will lead to probable infection, then death. You should judge a weapon based on its effectiveness against one zombie to an entire horde. A weapon does not need to be lethal to be effective. If it buys you some time to escape, then it should be looked on with favor.

So which do you think will make for a better zombie killing weapon?

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5 Responses to "Weapon Madness – Round Two – Melee Weapon Contest: Hammer vs Pitchfork Revisited"

  1. Gritz says:

    Hammer much more kill potential

  2. Brian says:

    Agree … and it’s pretty essential for keeping the undead out

  3. Zombie Forum says:

    Excellent post and I’m glad you raised this. I was thinking about CQC weapons when I watched the recent episode of the Walking Dead and Rick doing the killing with a machete. I would ideally want something that is really good for really close quarters. The only thing that would fit the bill would be the hammer. The back of it with a modest amount of force can crack skulls and break into the brain. The pitch fork needs a bit more range and would be useless if a zombie got in too close.

  4. Tim M says:

    I’d go with the hammer. If you only get one weapon, a pitchfork is too big for many situations.

  5. Ween says:

    You TWD fanboys don’t know anything. The pitch fork is a brutal weapon which has the most important thing: Range.

    You may think you can go all Rambo and cave heads in with a hammer, but the reality is when you are faced with a creature that can infect you with one bite, the last thing you want to be doing is getting in close range.

    Also, a hammer can get stuck in a skull just as easy as a pitch fork would get stuck in a zombie if you struck the torso.

    I’m no expert but I’ve killed a Raccoon infected by rabies in my barn about 2 years ago using a pitch fork.

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