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Klingon Bat’leth- The weapon from Star Trek
The bat’leh, also known as the ‘Sword of honor’ was a traditional Klingon blade weapon. The Klingon Bat’leh is a well-known two-handed melee weapon of the Klingon Empire. It is widely considered as the most famous weapon among Klingon warriors. This weapon was mostly preferred by Klingon warriors who were skillful in the martial arts.
A bat’leh is an edged weapon having a curved blade, handholds on the back and four points. This weapon was created and designed by Dan Curry, who was the visual effect producer of the movie ‘Star Trek: The next generation’. It was mostly used by the Klingons within canon. The visual effects producer said that the bat’leths were the most iconic images related to the show. There is a smaller version of this weapon too, which is known as the ‘mek’leth’. This weapon has appeared in a several TV shows outside of the Star Trek franchise. The bat’leh is so popular that there are Replica’s available for collection plus they are also used in costuming. They have been used in crimes several times; the legality of the weapon varies from country to country.
Bat’leths are the weapons used in brawls or fights. They have a variation when it comes to strikes used in a combination series. This weapon can easily go through the personal shields directly causing 80% damage to the target’s weapon.
The Klingon weapon is almost a meter long and resembles a crescent shape with four points. The Bat’leh was exercised using three handholds along the blades outside edge and is carried along the inside of the arm. The modern bat’leth typically weighs 5.3 kilograms and is 116 centimeters long. It comprises of baakonite metal and has an exterior hand grip diameter, which is five centimeters long.
According to Klingon mythology, in the 9th century, Kahless the Unforgettable forged the first bat’leth. The story is that Kahless dropped a lock of his hair into the lava of the Kri’stak volcano after cutting it off. He twisted the lock into a blade after plunging the burning lock into the Lake of Lusar. After the weapon was forged, he used it to fight the tyrant Molar, thus the weapon was names after it. As a test of Kahless’ return, Klingon clerics passed down this story verbally rather than getting it recorded in public texts. Following Kahless’ death, the Klingons preserved the Sword of Kahless, until the Hur’q stole it.
Although this weapon is known as bat’leth, it was first called as bat’telh. According to the pronunciation guide from the draft script for TNG: Reunion, it should be pronounced as ‘BAT’telth’.
Star Trek and Klingon Bet’leth:
In 1990 the bat’leth was created by Dan Curry for Worf, a character in Star Trek, The Next Generation, after getting an approval from the producer. He based this weapon on the ‘Chinese fighting crescent’ since he was a martial artist himself. He developed a smaller version of the bat’leth back in 1995 which was called the ‘mek’leth’. This weapon is based on a sword from the Northern Tibetan cavalry. This weapon was designed by him for Dorn so that he can use it when Worf joined the crew of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Mek’leths are shaped like a scimitar and are intended for one-handed use. It is half the length of a full-size bat’leth.
This weapon was introduced in ‘Reunion’ and was inspired by Michael Dorn, the Worf actor. He wanted the fighting style of the character to be inclined towards martial arts rather than barbarian. This idea synced quite well with the thinking of the writer-Ronald D. Moore- of the Klingons as akin to samurai. The remarks of Dorn lead Ronald to think up bat’leth, which he later said ‘it is a more stylized and distinct weapon’. After considering such a prop, Moore checked with Dan Curry for his advice on martial arts. Since Curry is a martial arts expert, he not only designed the Klingon bat’leth but also helped in developing the complex moved that were performed during its use. He said that the script for ‘Reunion’ called for some special kind of bladed weapon.
Copies of the bat’leth have been made many times by using metal, and they are quite dangerous. A spokesman from the British Police said that a steel bat’leth has the power to literally take off someone’s head. Media reports related to the replica bat’leths used in crimes refer this weapon as a Klingon crescent-shaped sword with double points, ‘Star Trek Klingon weapon’ or sometimes as a ‘double pointed scimitar’.
If we look aside from the crimes and the movies, the Klingon bat’leth is a great addition to your collection, especially if you are a history enthusiast or just like collecting rare and special items.
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