SO, the zombie blades made me re-evaluate my own blade design. I had originally thought that a wakizashi would be the 'perfect blade'. While it is probably the best defensive blade in the world, and excellent as a machete for light brush, it is too fragile for chopping wood. What's just as important is that the overall design isn't conducive to my idea of carbide or tungsten plating the blade to make it 'forever sharp. SO, I started from scratch to create a blade that I could forge at home (yes, I'm going to build a forge), that would maximize the benefit from the harder plating, be sturdy enough to chop wood, weildy enough to cut vines or quarter game, and long enough to defend me from snakes (both the 2 legged and 0 legged variety!). This is the result: (click to enlarge) I knew that if it was not a katana style then I wanted a blade heavily weighted toward the end to give me powerful chops. The lines are such that all points should be strong enough for chopping, but smooth enough for slicing, and strong enough to take abuse without chipping, and still the point should be good enough for stabbing. I went with a totally straight back to make the bulky blade easier to draw and allow for functional saw. This blade will be all one piece of steel, about 3/16" thick, handle and all, no additional grip will be necessary, but one may be added by bradding to the holes shown, or wrapping with leather or tape. The two holes in the handle are 1/4" which is perfect for making a para-cord tether, loop, or knuckle guard, or lashing the blade to a pole to be used like a spear or staff-blade. The underside of the belly (towards the handle) is actually barely concave, making it easer to use the knife to carve or whittle, and also easier to chop small branches and such. I know I can hammer out the basic shape of this blade and use a grinder to smooth out the lines, and shape the handle. After forming the blade I will have it plated with a harder steel or tungsten, then chrome plated. This will ensure that the blade long outlives me. I haven't built my forge yet, and may not be able to (finances) this year, but I WILL have a forge, and I'm pretty sure that this will be my first blade. It's too perfect for the tasks I want a utilitarian blade to perform. I hope to make several of these blade for my like-minded friends. I know my best friends won't let me rest until they have one. Later blades will be katana styled of various length, fighting knives, gladius styles, and a full length Lamentation: Poor picture, but I've always loved that blades form, and the consequent function. EDIT: The large belly should be almost the ideal weight and curve to function identically to woodsman's ax, supported by other cutting surfaces. My very first iteration may be cut from plate steel, to save time and effort, before I construct a forge.