Sunday, October 13, 2013

Zombie, Inc. - How To Profit From The Zombie Craze

Crazy Startup Of The Day -

Call it an artisanal arsenal. In Montana, a crew of 10 blacksmiths are forging handmade edged weapons to fight the walking dead.

The folks at Zombie Tools offer a selection of customized blades, including the Traumahawk for $235, and the Mack Daddy-O (a word play on the dan dao, a Chinese broad sword), which goes for $450. They make about 150 swords a month, many of which are exported to Europe and Asia.

"There are a lot of underemployed guys in the service industry who hate what they do and dream of making something with their hands," says Zombie Tools co-founder Chris Lombardi. "We're the guys who made that dream real."

Ammunition maker Hornady conveniently has a Zombie Max brand of ammo that's "specifically designed to vaporize zombie varmints," according to its website. There's even a Zombie brand ammo box.

Hornady's website boasts that Zombie Max "makes dead permanent," but it also features lots of warnings that this is live ammo. To wit: "Zombie Max ammunition is not a toy, but is intended only to be used on zombies, also known as the living dead, undead etc."

"Be ready when the Zombies arrive!" So says the ad for the bright green Zombie Apocalypse sling shot from Montie Gear, an online retailer in Morrisville, N.C.

Montie Roland, president of Montie Gear, says he sold 600 of the $135 slingshots last year. He admits that the Y-Shot isn't really for killing zombies, but he does contend that it's "also a great way to run off those pesky deer that are eating your suburban garden or shrubs."

Everybody needs a bug-out bag for the next big disaster, whether it's a hurricane or a zombie apocalypse. A company in Somerville, Mass., called Zombie SAK, which stands for Survival Assistance Kit, sells a variety of go-bags tailored for surviving the undead anarchy, containing multi-purpose tools, water bottles, medical kits and hatchets.

"It actually started as an idea as a wedding gift for my sister and her husband, because they both really like zombie stuff," said founder Ben Lewis.

Deluxe kits also feature extra zombie-chopping options like machetes and Gurkha-style kukri knives, but Lewis advised against wielding them "until the government tells us that there actually are zombies."

And of course there's world famouse The Zombie Survival Guide

[Via - CNNMoney]

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