The bat is a metal version of what was almost certainly the first weapon ever used by man… the club. That's why it's so great. It's so easy a geico caveman could use it.
I will concede that some edged weapons would be better than a bat.
But I think you're mistaken about swords, katanas in particular. A katana isn't going to yield the results you see in movies or even those you see authentic weilders getting. Because a sword - katana - is a weapon that is effective only when used with proper technique. Sure, I can pick up any sword and swing and kill a person. But I'm definitly not going to be able to lop off heads of zombies without an awesome swing.
And you'll most probably never get an “awesome swing” by just picking it up and practicing with it.
But I digress.
I would still love to fight with you though. I can appreciate anyone that thinks things through and that'd be the type of person I'd want to roll with. And with your mad head lopping abilities and my… um, sissy red wiffle bat, we'd be unstoppable.
A Greataxe… now there's a weapon I'd be all for. I'm built for weilding a greataxe. And tall and big… I just didn't include it on my list because I don't have one.
And there's also the practicality of sharpening, oiling/cleaning to prevent rust, having a blade around during the not zombie times and potentially hurting someone or yourself… etc etc. And for me, put up against a bat. Meh.
The simplest solution is usually the best.
But the club wasn't too effective, was it? That's why they invented the sword. ^.^
I think you're missing what I'm saying. I didn't say that I could pick up a katana and be infused with the mastery of it. I'm not saying that I'm uber cool and going to slice and dice zombies with the skill of a ninja. But come on…when pressed, human adaption can be quite impressive. It wouldn't take too long to figure the most effective way for me swing my sword to hit a zombie the right way. It doesn't mean that I would be using the sword the right way, but an effective way for myself. It's like having the sight off on your bow. You adjust yourself to the way you fire it, aiming to the left or whatever of your target. Or maybe you're bow is too heavy, you can only pull forty pounds but you ended up with a sixty pound draw bow. so you move in closer to your target, and don't pull the bow back all the way. You adapt to the situation, it doesn't matter if you're technique is correct by other people's standards as long as it keeps you alive.
And a great axe would prolly be way to heavy to be of use on the run. If you're going to keep mobile, your weapons should be light, and easy to attack with so you don't wear yourself out. You have to stop and rest, zombies don't. And it's true that with an edged weapon you would have to clean and sharpen it, which would be a drawback, but not a huge one. Those supplies shouldn't be too hard to come by.
Sub:You and I would make a crazy zombie fighting team.