Dawn of the Zombie Economy

The zombie apocalypse might be fiction, but the zombie economy is real - fueled by preppers buying all kinds of zombie paraphernalia.

Zombie sword

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A Zombie Tools blacksmith forges a sword.

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."

- Last updated October 15 2013 02:09 PM ET
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