This is the Nerf Zombie Strike Foam Axe, also described as a wrench-axe. Visually, it’s an adjustable pipe wrench that’s clamping down on an axe blade, and with rope, silicone tape, or something similar helping to hold everything together.
Nerf’s Zombie Strike line of foam dart blasters and accessories are actually really creative. There’s a blaster and chainsaw combo, for instance, which has a screwdriver priming pump handle. Other Zombie Strike blasters are built from scrap material, combination wrenches, and other tools and parts, or at least that’s how they’re decorated.
There’s also an extending hole saw attachment that can be added to the front of some dart blasters, and a stock which has a drill bit index for holding replacement darts. Then there’s an under-blaster accessory that comes with two throwable circular saw blades.
But this wrench-axe?
The physics of swinging an axe (or a hammer) says you want a strong and rigid but lightweight handle. A pipe wrench isn’t exactly easily swingable, and might not be the best device for a “zombie strike” device.
But then again, you have a robust handle that’s unlikely to ever break. And in a pinch you can use it for… whatever post-zombie-outbreak tasks might call for a pipe wrench.
Could a pipe wrench clamp onto an axe head with sufficient pressure and stability? I suppose that’s what the tape or rope reinforcement strips are for.
Maybe this could work if it was an aluminum pipe wrench? If you’ve never felt the difference, aluminum pipe wrenches are much lighter than steel ones. I’m sure there’s a downside to it. Strength? Cost won’t mean squat in a post-zombie-outbreak world.
Okay, so it’s not practical, but it sure does look cool. I mean, cool for a foam toy, which as an adult I am not at all interested in, at the least.
The Nerf Zombie Strike line isn’t the least bit realistic, but I find it neat how it incorporates a lot of tools and common hardware into the fantasy designs.