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Weapons of the Klingon Empire – Short CQC Swords!

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Welcome to the latest installment of Phyreblades treatise on Klingon melee weapons. If you’ve been following the blog for any amount of time you’ll know I am a fairly big Star Trek fan. Not as fanatical, perhaps, as most, but I certainly do love Star Trek, and everything it has brought for the Sci-Fi genre, not to mention it’s innumerable cultural contributions. But I digress. We are here today to talk about weapons. 🙂

In previous posts I’ve talked a little about Klingon battle axes, such as the ‘aqleH and the oh so popular Klingon knife, the D’k Tahg. And who can forget the ubiquitous Bet’leH? I doubt anyone can think of a Klingon without thinking of a Bet’leH. But today, I’m going to talk about a somewhat less popular, and certainly not as well known Klingon weapon, and some of the other designs it has spawned. I speak of none other but the deadly MeqleH!

MeqleH - The Klingon Short Sword

MeqleH - The Klingon Short Sword

Now Klingon legend has it that the MeqleH was a weapon borne of necessity. While the Klingons were still planet bound, the Bet’leH was a perfectly fine battle weapon, and they rarely used any other. However, once they became a space faring race, things changed a little. Instead of the open battlefields and large arenas they were used to, they were stuck in closed, cramped space ship quarters.

This changed the face of battle for them, as the venerable Bet’leH, while still a potent weapon, was rather large, and somewhat more difficult to bring to bear in the tight confines of a Klingon Bird of Prey. The first space faring Klingons, ever the resourceful warriors, took to  fashioning shorter, faster weapons from one thing they apparently had lots of. Bulkhead supports.

It is said that this is where the unique shape of the MeqleH came from, as they were initially designed to fit against the curved interior bulkheads of the early Klingon space ships, as well as provide support for various conduits and pipes. They simply cut them to size, and sharpened all the available edges. And thus, a new Klingon Battle weapon was born. The MeqLeH!

Or so I am told.

Truth is, regardless of it’s heritage, it is just a really cool design. But it does have some weaknesses. Like little to no thrusting ability. However the design that has spawned a few new but similarly themed designs, none of which have that particular problem to the same degree:

Volkoth Simikath - Klingon Derived Melee Sword

Volkoth Simikath - Klingon Derived Melee Sword

This, is one of them. The Volkoth Simikath. As you can see, the Volkoth Simikath is significantly different from the MeqLeh in design, however it does borrow much from the design of the Klingon Axe, especially the ‘alngegh. I could totally see a Klingon weapon master deciding to use a scaled down axe design as the basis for a melee combat weapon, and this would fit the bill perfectly.

Volkoth Simikath - Klingon Derived CQC Sword

Volkoth Simikath - Klingon Derived CQC Sword

Here’s another etched version, with a leather wrapped grip, a look much more befitting of it’s style. At least in my opinion. The Volkoth Simikath sports a double edged head, much like an axe, except with a much deeper void between the edges, presumably for capturing an enemy blade during a close quarters battle. It certainly doesn’t help it’s strength any, that’s for sure.

And there is yet one more:

Volkoth Simkar - Klingon Derived CQC Sword

Volkoth Simikar - Klingon Derived CQC Sword

The Volkoth Simikar. This is my favorite variation on the hybrid MeqLeH design. This one hearkens a bit farther back towards the original MeqLeH design, with the secondary, rearward facing  blade reduced to little more than a short talon. However, there are talons and claws everywhere on this weapon. Besides the one  up top, you have one downwards facing little blade at the pommel, with a smaller protrusion facing forward.

This time, both voids are very small, but just large enough to catch a blade either with the pommel or the head, *but* with the added bonus of the main blade extending down a full 3/4 of the way back down the blade to provide additional cutting surface, and hand protection, much like the original meqLeH. It is probably a weaker design than either of the others, however it should be a little faster.

Either way, it is just an absolutely dark, malevolent weapon whose lines I just love to death. What else can I say?

Anyway, I think that is enough weapon ogling for me, I must take my leave of you to clean up the drool from my keyboard, and plan my next post. Until next time.

QAPLA’ My friends. May you bring eternal honor to your house! The Crest of the Klingon Empire

MeqLeH – [By the Sword]
Volkoth Simikath – [By the Sword]
Volkoth Simikath – [Strange Steel]
Volkoth Simikar – [Strange Steel]

Weapons of The Klingon Empire – Knives.

Friday, December 7th, 2007

In a recent post I introduced you to the glorious Klingon Empire, and their illustrious weapons. Today I thought I’d share a few of the funky looking Klingon hand weapons which I thought were cool, courtesy of Kri’stak forge, of the Klingon Imperial Weapons guild (Yes, they’ve had a guild for years… Get with the program. Sheesh.):

The D’k Tahg (or Dktahg)

the D'kTahg

I introduced you to this weapon in a previous post about a similar blade called Kold Fuzhion. It is one of the most popular combat knives of the Klingon empire. It’s wasp like shape, large slotted ricasso and folding twin guard blades are distinctive features that sets it apart from every other Klingon blade. This is one of my favorite Klingon knife designs, even though I consider the folding guard blades a rather frivolous design feature. Nonetheless I like it’s single mindedness of form. You can tell this is intended to be a thrusting weapon, and not much else.

The Qis

Qis

The Qis is, in my humble opinion, the most practical Klingon combat knife designs. Unlike the previous blade, this knife could be effectively used for both cutting and thrusting, which to me at least, would make it a much superior weapon in combat. And added plus would be that it carries several trademark Hibben design cues, sporting graceful curves, as well as the ever ominous reverse teeth along it’s spine. This blade certainly looked and acted the part of a Klingon combat knife, and is my other favorite Klingon blade. Which is not surprising, I guess, because I already am a big fan of Gil Hibbens’ blade work.

The Ma’veq

The Ma'veq

The Ma’veq is a ceremonial Klingon knife, used in the ceremonial killing of disgraced Klingons by a sibling, in order to bring them honor in the afterlife. This ceremony is called Mauk To’Vor. The logic of this escapes me, but then again I’m not Klingon, so eh. The knife is rather interesting. An elaborate decorated design, this does seem more geared to ceremony than Combat or utility.

The Short TajtIq

Pair of short TajtIq

This dueling knife, is a shortened version of a Klingon sword with the same name. While not the most flashy blade of the Klingon arsenal, it is one of the most sensible, from a utility standpoint. It has a good thrusting point, a deep cutting blade, and integrated cut out guards. It appears to be well designed for dueling. And could conceivably make an excellent all around work knife, if the Klingons had such a thing.

The Qut’luch

The Klingon Qut'Luch - The Assasins Blade

The Qut’luch is one of the more funky blade styles I’ve encountered, and is the only truly weird design I really liked enough to talk about. This is supposedly the traditional blade of a Klingon assasin. You can tell by looking at it, this is is another thrust biased weapon, which kind of makes sense, but then you can also tell it is designed to do more damage coming out than going in.

I suppose that the design of a Qut’luch makes sense from a Klingon perspective, but from this bloggers point of view, it seems like an unnecessary design feature that would simply makes it a bit more difficult to use. But what do i know. I’m not exactly a Klingon assassin…

And that’s it for now. To be sure, there are a few more Klingon knife designs floating about, but these are the only ones I liked enough to blog about. Hopefully that’s good enough for you. Until the next edition of “Weapons of the Klingon Empire”, I say *Qapla’*!! 🙂

Kri’stak Forge – [Klingon Imperial Weapons Guild]

An Introduction to Traditional Klingon Melee Weapons.

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Some of you may have figured out that I am a big Sci-fi and movie buff. So it should come as not surprise that I am also a Star Trek fan. I wouldn’t exactly call myself a Trekkie, but I certainly am a big fan of the various series spin offs and the movies that resulted.

As both a weapons nut and a star trek aficionado, I noticed that one of the characteristic aspects of the Star Trek series was the fact that, no matter which race you ran into, they all seemed to have some sort of laser/phaser/disruptor or other, similar futuristic energy based ray gun technology, that appeared to be the weapon of choice. However there was one quite notable exception to this rule. The Klingons.

The Klingons are a race after my own heart. Why? Because while all of the other civilizations left their “barbaric” knifeworks behind, the Klingons stuck proudly and stubbornly to their traditions in the bladed arts. In fact, much of the Klingon code of honor is based on the legends and history of their greatest historic warriors and the bladed weapons they wielded. Most note worthy is the story of Kahless, and of the genesis of bat’leth.

“Kahless the unforgettable” was a legendary hero of Klingon lore, having been the one to finally unify the Klingon empire, and become it’s first Emperor. His legends were the very history of the Klingon Empire. But more importantly to a bladed weapon fanatic like me, is how he is credited with creating the most iconic weapon of Klingon history. The Bat’leth.

There are actually two stories I know of, that supposedly describes how the Klingon Bat’leth got it’s shape. The first story is that it was shaped after the horned skull of a great sea animal, that Kahless had battled with and slain. Yet another legend claims he forged it in the Kri’stak Volcano, from a lock of his own hair, and quenched it in the Lake of Lusor.

But none of that really matters. What is important is that knife designer Gil Hibben, who designed many of the knives for the contemporary star trek series, is a bona fide genius. And this sword is testament to his blade wrangling mastery. Below, I present to you, in all of it’s Klingon glory, the Sword of Kahless:

The Sword of Kahless
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Isn’t it a beaut? This is just an awesome weapon design. Mr. Hibben somehow managed to combine almost all of the elements I like about blades into a single weapon. Organic curves, sweeping blades, and lots of points. And what I found most interesting is that they opted for a dark, damascus steel type finish on the sword, as opposed to a shiny polished finish. Most definitely my kind of weapon. It’s like he was inside my head.

Here’s a closeup:

The Sword of Kahless
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And a sweet computer rendering of the weapon:

The Sword of Kahless
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Absolutely magnificent. Of course, the Klingons had other cool bladed weapons, but seeing as how this post has gotten really long, I’m going to cut it short here, and show you a few of my other Klingon favorites in future posts. I just had to get this one out there… 🙂

The Elegant Francisca…

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

As I have stated before, I have always been a big fan of throwing axes, especially those of the smaller, more versatile variety. I recently came across one of the more timeless classic throwing axe designs, I thought I’d share.

Antiqued Francisca Axe

Antiqued Francisca Axe

Allow me to introduce the Francisca. The Francisca (sometimes also called the Francesca) throwing axe represents, in my humble opinion, one of the most elegant but functional designs that ever to grace the word of throwing axes.

Notwithstanding it’s visual simplicity, it is a weapon that has been very well engineered. The head of the Francisca has been contoured in such that it is both quite beautiful, but was designed to be an excellent throwing weapon, providing the widest possible sticking/cutting range, especially for a small, single-bladed throwing axe of it’s size. It is also designed to be the perfect weight for speed, and could easily be used as a melee weapon, while still being heavy enough to shatter an opponents wooden shield.

All in all, a very beautiful Frank design. A close look at the aesthetics of the head of a Francisca, reveals that the Francisca axe design incorporates a range of complex curves and contours that I normally see reserved for knives and mid sized swords. Quite impressive. And of course I should mention that this particular reproduction gets brownie points with me for coming in black…

Francisca Throwing Axe – [Reliks]

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