The straight blade is actually my Beloved's, made from spring steel by her brother. That thing could cut an engine block. My preference is the cold steel scimitar (okay, it's actually more of a Turkish kilij). That thing sings death with every swing. They are both long and heavy weapons, and will do a dramatic zombie kill in nothing flat (with much blood spatter, I believe.)
But most Montana folk aren't nearly so prepared as I. They need to find a local source of defense. From Jay Stevens, I give you this light. A Missoula company will supply with the best zombie slaying gear. Zombietools.net, accessories for the apocalypse. Seriously, these toys are awesome.
My first thought: These guys have got to be SCAers, or at least former such.
My second thought: My brother has *got* to talk to these boys.
My third and strongest thought: I have got to get me one of these!
So check it out. The website is hella fun. I especially appreciate "Zombies and the Girls Who Kill Them".