Edged Weapon is a type of Melee Weapons in State of Decay. Weapons of this type are either blades or other miscellaneous sharp objects.
Before BD, there were no durability 5 edged weapons in SoD and the swords were the most sought-after blades. The Cutting Machine Blade added by BD is the only durability 5 edged weapon available as random loot and the Tactical Tomahawk, the other durability 5 edged weapon added by BD, is only found as default equipment on a single survivor.
Edged weapons have the fastest swing speed and lowest stamina cost of any melee weapon type. They can swing fast enough to even interrupt zombie attacks.
Edged weapons lack the ability to knock over a zombie for a ground execution. This requires either a decapitation on a standing target or another melee attack, such as a drop kick, to knock down then finish a target in order to achieve a kill.
Edged weapons have the slowest execution animations of any melee weapon; a decapitation, especially for a high-level edged weapon specialist, can often be faster than a ground execution. The only execution that can be performed at the same speed is from behind on a crouched target where the character leaps and uses both feet to smash the zombie's head into the ground.
The lower general durability of edged weapons is further hindered by the lack of knockdown power; without a ground execution, a kill for a standard survivor can requires upwards of 6 or more swings which can make edged weapons seem as if they require more frequent maintenance.
Survivors with reflexes can use their spin kick or sweep kick move to more effectively counter groups while their faster stamina regeneration combined with the lower stamina cost of edged weapons makes them excellent for hit-and-run style tactics when taking on larger groups.
Powerhouse survivors have numerous benefits that make them excellent edged weapon specialists: their increased maximum stamina along with the lower stamina cost of egded weapons allows them to stay in combat for extended periods of time, powerhouse and edged weapon specialty both increase the chances of an instant kill to make a character that can kill nearly every walker they encounter with a single strike, the incredibly high amount of instant kills can offset the lower durability of edged weapons, and the incredibly high speed at which instant kills are achieved can negate the disadvantage of the slower execution animations.