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Bat'leth - Traditional crescent-shaped combat sword used by an alien race called the Klingons that made its debut on the science fiction series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94.


Composed of Baakonite, the bat'leth resembles a double-ended scimitar [a large letter "C] with three handholds built into the spine. The weapon is usually held along the inside of the arm.

According to Klingon history the first bat'leth blade was created by the Kahless the Unforgettable, a great warrior who united the war-like Klingons after killing the evil tyrant Molor some i500 years earlier.

Kahless allegedly forged the first bat'leth by dropping a lock of his hair into lava of the Kri'stak volcano and then plunging the burning lock into the lake of Lursor. Out of the lock he formed a blade which he called "bat'leth", or the "Sword of Honor."

Klingons with Bat'leth - STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
Veteran Klingon Warriors with Bat'leth

The Sword of Kahless was for many centuries one of the Klingons most important relics, but it was stolen about 1,000 years ago by the Hur'q invaders. Many have since searched for the Sword of Kahless either to return it to its home world and or use the blade as a rallying point for their own personal glory.

Lt. Worf used his bat'leth to kill Duras after he had murdered Worf's wife, K'Ehleyr (Suzie Plakson) on episode No. 81 "Reunion."

According to Klingon legend a sacred artifact known as "The Knife of Kirom" was stained with the blood of Kahless. (Episode No. 149 "Rightful Heir").

Klingon dktagh knife - STAR TREK
d'k tahg battle blade

TRIVIA NOTE: An additional Klingon weapon is the d'k tahg, a warrior's knife commonly used in hand to hand combat. The d'k tahg has three blades protruding from the hilt (one central blade flanked by two smaller ones). To a Klingon warrior the d'k tahg is a representation of his or her personal honor. To take the knife from a warrior is to steal their honor.

In February 2009, a white Colorado Springs man on his 20s wearing a black mask, black jacket, and blue jeans robbed two 7-Eleven stores. The surveillance picture of the robbery at 145 N. Spruce Street revealed the robber's weapon resembled a small Klingon bat'leth sword. See also DEATH - MISCELLANEOUS: "Klingons" 

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