This is one of my favorite methods for taking out a zombie. The ax is such an amazing tool. If you have a good one, a light one with an ergonomic handle it’s even better. Most axes can be used as cutting or smashing weapons which makes them ideal for going up against the undead. Just swing that thing at the zombie and virtually any place it comes in contact with them is going to receive some serious damage. Of course you have to take out the brain anyway so go for the that. But let’s say for example that the brain or the head isn’t accessible. What if you’re dealing with arms reaching in through boarded up windows? The ax is great for that too. In fact in some cases if you can take out the zombies arms when they are reaching in through a window, it might make them a little easier to deal with once you go outside.
Of course nothing is perfect though and the ax does have its downsides. First of all it takes a lot of physical strength in order to swing that thing. If you’ve ever tried to remove a tree stump, cut down a tree, or just cut up some tree limbs you know that swinging an ax can really take it out of you. Added to that you have the psychological and physiological stress of trying to defend yourself against things that are trying to rip you to shreds and it’s understandable that your energy levels can plummet pretty quickly. It would also be pretty terrible if you ended up losing the ax by getting it stuck in your attacker’s head. There is also the question of room. You might be better off trying to use the ax in a space with some room to pull back and really swing. Otherwise you’re likely to get it hung up in the things around you, or even hit, hurt, or maim the other survivors around you. Use caution and remember to do that upper body exercise so you have a good swing and follow through.
Oh! And keep the ax sharp too. Otherwise you just have a big pointy hammer, but that’s not so bad either.