Wastelander Skills #1: What To Do With Your Crappy Decorative Katana

So, you’ve had that $40 flea market katana on your wall (next to your Cowboy Bebop poster) since you were fourteen, and you can’t bear to part with it? Either you haven’t read my machete article, or you’ve watched too much anime (or “Equilibrium”) and still believe you’d be able to Connor MacLeod your way through Humungus’ hordes, deflecting bullets and looking really badass with your long coat and pewter jewelry blowing in the wind – despite your complete lack of training (cue epic Japanese theme song). FEAR NOT my pocky-scented friends, those cheap pieces of stamped steel shit aren’t completely worthless! Continue reading

Tools of the Trade #1: The Machete

The machete is the quiet, country-born cousin of the knife and sword. It is largely employed in agricultural tasks, though has been the favored weapon in South American countries for ages. The machete is a descendant of the short sword, but is designed to be cheaply and easily made in large quantities, durable, and easy repaired or replaced. This is what makes it an ideal weapon for the majority of you to acquire and practice using. Continue reading