The official Transmission of the Klingon Imperial Weapons Guild.
9804.15____________________________________________Vol.2/No.4 Part One
Birth of a Blade
Before a weapon is
the soul of a warrior,
it is first
the heart of the craftsman.
Forged with the heat
blood tainted sweat,
Shaped with a
vision of perfection,
as the master wields the hammer.
I welcome all of you who appreciate the seductive curves and
radiant warmth of steel fashioned into the perfect Klingon blade - the 'etlh
vaQqu' !! Whether you are fortunate enough to create your own custom weapons,
aspire to learn the art or just want to associate with blade-smiths, *The Guild*
is here to serve you and the Empire.
This month we continue the
construction of the Sword of Kahless and the standard bat'leth. This month we
will be dealing with cleaning up the cut-out , grinding the bevels and putting
the final polish on the blades.
This month will also have an *Editorial*.
Many of you have written with questions concerning *sales pitches* encountered
while trying to buy Klingon weapons and I'd like to give you as much help as
possible in sifting through what is important and what is not.
SIMPLICITY, POWER and DANGER
I hope you enjoy it. As always your comments
and input are welcome.
mupwI' yI'uchtaH !! (Keep holding the hammer !
K'Daq son of Toragh
Master of the Heart of Kri'stak
In recent weeks several members of the *Guild* have
expressed confusion over terminology used by various producers of Klingon edged
weaponry. Although there are several different phrases used , I am going to
concentrate on three of them - 1. The *best* metal, 2. *Real weapon* and
3.*Fully Functional weapon.
We'll touch on the metal issue first because
I've gone over this before and this is a common area of confusion. In
knifemakeing there are a number of suitable metals for making blades. These all
have the common factor of being heat treatable to a hard edge (in order to
sharpen to and hold a razor edge). The debate over which material is the *best*
has been going since they first started making blades. There is no *best*. Each
metal has its own good points and bad points. Spring steel, tool steel, high
carbon steel, stainless steel - they all produce similar edges (when properly
What I think is more important is : Do you need a razor edge on
a weapon the size of a bat'leth? The answer is no. Historically weapons of this
mass were not sharpened to a razor edge. Their mass provided sufficient force to
allow them to sever limbs and crush skulls........in fact, having a soft steel
actually made the weapon more able to withstand the great forces of combat. So
if you don't *need* a razor edge you now have available to you a greater number
of products, including titanium.
Lets move right
into this topic because it ties directly into the *best* metal one. What is a
*real* Klingon weapon ? Nobody knows. This is a race taken from a Science
Fiction Saga. Granted, it is a glorious race but it has technology that we can't
even begin to understand. The Empire has warp drive, matter transporters and
cloaking devices..........don't you think they have improved on their metallurgy
? I wouldn't attempt to guess the exact make-up of their blade metals. So with
this is mind we can only use our human knowledge to create a suitable
alternative. To me *real* means the weapon follows standard construction
techniques used in current weaponry. Pick up a book on the subject of
knifemaking(or hang around the Guild) and study how modern blades are put
together - you'll notice differences immediately between the *props* of
Hollywood and proper knife construction. However, we aren't discussing *props*.
The artists involved in the production of major sci-fi films do wonderful work
on tight budgets and the product they create does it's job superbly. As
fans.......and as *suppliers* to fans we have to create a product that functions
within the realm of reality. Therefore a *real* weapon should be made with
proper design techniques, proper surface dimensions and comfortably
strong/durable handles. It does you no good to have a Damascus Sword of Kahless
if it is 1/16th of an inch thick and wrapped in naughahyde if you seek *reality*
*Fully Functional Weapon*
This one makes me laugh.
What the heck is a fully functional weapon ? If you break into my house and I
pick up a dining room chair and break your head with it - then it's a FULLY
FUNCTIONAL WEAPON ! I cut my finger off with my bandsaw - thats a FULLY
FUNCTIONAL WEAPON ! I can cut out a full sized pattern of a standard Klingon
bat'leth from 1/16th brass plate and I promise it can be sharpened enough to cut
your head off - that must make it a fully functional weapon as well. Not to
belabor the point but when coming home from Toronto Trek in 1996 I was stopped
at the airport and told I would have to surrender my *weapon* - they were
pointing to my cane!
*Reality Check*. We aren't likely to join a Klingon
battle line and lop off Cardassian's heads. These weapons are never going to get
the test of the true Klingon warrior. The important thing is that your
dream....whatever it is......is enhanced by the product you buy or create. No
one can tell you what YOU want and nobody can know what is important to you
except YOU. That includes me.
What kind of finish do you think is correct for a Meq'leth? I tried
a matte finish but I couldn't get it even across the whole surface , I've done
it on knives and it looks good .
Even the mirror polish is "cloudy" looking
in certain spots , and even the buffing compound is leaving "scratches" on the
surface. Could this be caused by somthing I've done , or is this inherant in the
softer stainless steels?
I prefer the matte finish on my blades as well. I think it has been
pointed out in many instances that a shiny blade can easily give a warrior's
I think the *cloudy* problem is due to an irregular steel.
Its probably been subjected to a variety of heats in cutting and grinding (and
maybe even just while laying around) and this is going to make each area polish
The scratches sound more like either a contaminated buffing
wheel or possibly left over scratch marks from the last belts used. Ideally you
should have a different wheel for each type of compound (but who has that kind
of set-up or time). I have three different wheels, but I only use one . My
buffing station is close to my bench grinder and the titanium throws a bunch of
debris around. I have found that it gets all over the wheel and subsequently
*screws* up any compounds I use on it. Try running the wheel against a blank of
scrap before loading it up with compound - that might help keep stray particles
out of the *mix*.
batlh nuqneH K'Daq,
Here is the web address for anyone who wants to see
pictures of the HammerHead Armory Bat'telhs:
Also, I found the name
of the people here in Alabama who makes Exotic Weapons. The name of the company
is Skippy's Toys and the owner is a woman. I have left a message on her machine
to give me a call back. Will let you know how it
Thanks for the info.
Hmmmmm somehow *Skippy's Toys* doesn't strike up images of glorious
battles.......but ya never know. Good luck.
batlh nuqneH K'Daq,
Well, I have just purchased my first (Did I say
FIRST?)BatleH. I went a head & got the one Dean Bradshaw (HovLoD) was
working on for me. I really couldn't pass up on a Stainless, 3/16'of an inch
thick, polished sword for $193.00 bucks !!! Well when I get the sword I'll send
you my impressions of the piece. I won't be doing a lot of Tournements with this
one, but I will take if down from time to time, and make up my own qlorious
tales of the other warriors (klingons and non-klingons) who have fallen victom
to my "Blade". Sounds like Ive had to much Bloodwine, huh? Well I am excited and
I can't wait to get my little Klingon paws on it !!! Do you know if K'Beck is
making weapons for procurement as well? Anyway, thanx for letting a me bend your
Klingon ear (or should I say eyes) for a few minutes. Chat with you
Excellent ! The Prophet is armed.
I'm sure you will be suitable impressed with your first blade. I am
happy that HovLod could help you out. I'm not sure what K'Beck's status is. I'm
sure he could answer you better than I. I know he is busily making weapons for
his shipmates. Perhaps that will eventually lead into weapons for others. I just
batlh nuqneH K'Daq,
I have two questions for you and they both deal with
the Daqtagh or if you prefer Federation Standard Klingon, the d'k tahg. So here
are my questions:
1. You have a picture of the Daqtagh on your website
that favors the ones we see on tv. Who made the handle for you? And how do I get
my hands on one just like it? I want an authentic looking Daqtagh and not one of
those Phoenix knives I see in the knife magazines or mail order
2. Can you tell me about Mold Forging? I have a friend who just
bought one of the Phoenix knives, and they could see where the mold for the
blade didn't break clean from it. Said they would have to do some cleaning on
the blade to get that stuff off. What are the PROS & CONS of MOLD FORGING?
As always, thank you for your time, and I await your
An excellent Klingon name.
All of my weapons are
custom made here at Kri'stak. With the exception of the steel used in the
blades, all of the parts are made here from a variety of materials. The hanlde
of the d'k tahg was carved from a block of synthetic called *mycarta*. You'll be
seeing the material again in the *yan* and the *Movak*. Whenever I come across a
Klingon knife with that particular *futuristic* type handle material, I use
mycarta. I'd be happy to share the plans for the knife itself, but I won't be
making any of them unless my arthritis clears up (which isn't likely) - too many
As for question number two, the marks you can see on the
*Phoenix* aren't mold marks, they're marks from the grinding wheels. You'll see
this type of thing on mass produced blades that are run through a series of
machines in their production. Thats why they cost $39.00. As far as I know there
is no practical way to *mold* cast a steel blade. In ancient times iron might
have been refined and then *cast* - hence *cast iron* but steel is a different
*beast* all together. You have to remember that steel is actually a complex
mixture of carbon and iron along with a variety of trace elements to produce
desired characteristics. Knife quality steel is produced by mills under
controlled environments and then sometimes altered by the smith at a forge, but
as for casting a steel blade --- I've never heard of that done.
I have located a page that has people listed that produce
various type of Klingon merchandise. I have not attempted to look up all of the
sites but I did notice that they listed two companies who have run into problems
with our friends<> at Paramount. Pacific Warriors and Golden Age
Products. Golden Age makes swords and I ran upon a guy who has pictures of a
Bat'leth & Sword of Kahless that he got from this company. They are awsome
pieces and its a shame that Paramont is shutting these people down, instead of
licensing them and taking a percentage. Anyway, there is an web address for this
page at the bottom of this mail, and you can post it with a disclaimer on your
site. Or just send it out to all the other guild members. They might find a use
for it. Well its after 6pm in Birmingham, and I need to be at home packing. Im
moving on Friday. But don't worry about the blueprints you are snail mailing me.
The address you have is the place am going to be moving to. Gonna go and take
care of my Grandpa for a while. Talk with you
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Metal Things is a one man foundry and so can only make so many things and those
that areappropriate to the art of casting. I offer this listing of places that
resin pins, weapons and other accessories can be obtained. Tell 'em Kordite sent
you. You won't get a discount but it will improve my reputation.
list is not necessarily an endorsement of the following dealers but if I really
had something against any one of these guys, I wouldn't list
Klingon weapons in aircraft grade aluminum,
Acid etching, anodizing and custom orders.
Kenneth L. Hasty, 513-258-9067
CO of the IKV Kuhtun, Tosach produces wooden
betleHmey and really cool betleH-shaped uniform hangers.
The Klingon Assault Group Official betleH Training Video
Presents a weapon kata repeatedly and from many different angles. VHS video
is $23. betleH patterns are available for $5 to easily make practice weapons
from 1/2 inch plywood.
David Hess, Box 57076 Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44222.
Pacific Warriors, Inc.
Publishers of "Secret Fighting Arts of the
Warrior Race," a manual for the betleH weapon form. Far more intensive and
step-by-step than the KAG Official Video. The book is $16+$3 S&H. Very fine
production value. Three additional books were to be in the works, including
meq'etlh, open-hand techniques and pairs practice
P.O. Box 1410, Boulder Creek, CA
UPDATE: By order of Paramount/Viacom, all copies in stock of this
book were destroyed as Paramount claims exclusive use of the Klingon Language
for all but private purposes. Too bad they're acting like such jerks. There may
be a few copies still floating around out there, snatch them up if your see them
before Paramount's Copyright Gestapo find out.
Golden Age Productions
Unfortunately, GAP's 'alien' line of weapons has been shut down by
Viacom/Paramount's campaign against copyright infringement, trademark violations
and their general attitude towards internet
Klingon weapons in steel and
P.O. Box 49592,
Atlanta, GA 30359 770-498-3667
Klingon weapons in 1/2
http://members.aol.com/mike3142/products.htm (not on the
The Next Frontier Warrior's Outfitters
Uniforms and resin cast
pins and medals. Their resin-work is of very fine quality with clean edges, no
bubbles and smooth finish. Highly
Potomac, Abilene, TX 79605 800-633-4314
qeylIn's: Uniforms for the
Empire and Beyond. and The Imperial Headsman Custom tailored uniforms, cloaks,
sashes and bracers.
They also do custom headpieces.
1830 Salem Ave. Dayton, OH 45406 937-277-1635
Artifacts by q'IDar
Custom crafted uniforms, jewelry and
accessories. Her pins and medals have a rough but very attractive, handmade
1040 N. Third Ave. St. Charles, IL 60174 708-513-1636
This KAG ship produces Worf-type sash kits. For $25 you can
do it yourself (it took me about three days) or for $50 they'll assemble it.
When done it weighs just under 5 pounds. Impressive. They also have uniform and
command cloak patterns.
Once again, thanks for your
excellent detective work. As always the Guild does not endorse anyone's
production site, but these certainly give the membership plenty of possible
artists to examine themselves.
batlh nuqneH K'Daq
Okay, I got one more to add to the Weapons Directory.
It is Wing Lam Enterprises Inc. They are located in California. This is the guy
who made the betleH for HetaQ (aka - Secret Fighting Arts of the Warrior Race).
Well, he use to do Custom betleH, but now they only offer the betleH in
aluminium (What is up with the Coke can swords?)and in only one configuration
(talked to the Customer Service Dept on the phone today). They cost $160.00, and
if they are look like the ones in the book, it is a nice design. They have a
website & that address is:
They can also
be reached at 1-800-700-3698. People can call for more info & get added to
the mailing list to get the lates catalog, which has the betleH listed in it.
Now its question time. Besides being a cheap way to produce swords (that are
basiclly non-functional) why are betleH makers creating them in aluminium? I
guess the only way I'm gonna get a *Functional* betleH is to pay a lot of money
(which I don't have) and get a reputable craftsmen to make one for me. Well, Im
through gripping now. Look forward to hearing from you
Prophet. It is unfortunate that Master Lam can no longer make the custom blades.
He has the advantage of knowing the needs of the warrior from his first hand
experience in the martial arts.
Now I can expound on the editorial posted
at the beginning of this month's *mupwI'*.
There are a variety of
reasons that fans desire a bat'leth. Some are collectors of fine knives and
demand technical excellence. Some visit a lot of conventions and desire to
complete their *look* with a class weapon. If you have ever gone to a weekend
convention and tried to lug a quarter inch steel sword around with you, you'll
know how quickly your fun turns into a *nightmare*. The main reason aluminum
swords are made is weight. It's a metal sword but it's light. Yes it does look
like aluminum but to most it looks better than plywood and its more durable. The
important aspect of being a Klingon is to *enjoy* being a Klingon ! Klingons
live life to the fullest. We do not like to be bothered with trivial aspects of
*real* life. In order to portray an imaginary race created in a science fiction
saga one must be prepared to make *allowances*.
Lose my url's? :) Or just to busy screen capturing that pretty blade to add me
in? ROFL here's the url again in case it didn't take the other
I'm getting some
links up and an explanation page up now, I hope to get the pictures of the
Forge's Banner that I designed and the Love of my Life sewed for me developed
and scanned onto the site by next week. I picked up some leaf spring steel to
play with this week :) hope to be making lots of noise and mess here
may'qel AKA Dennis
Wellllll Ok you caught me.
I will always choose the blade when it is dangled in front of me.
Naaaaah. I'm just a *dummard*. Been breathing too many fumes from the
volcano. I lost your URL along with a few others. I hope this will complete the
list of *lost* members.
As you and the members probably know, I've gotten
your banner up on the site. It is nice to have a true love to do the sewing .
I look forward to seeing your project as it progresses. It will be a glorious
addition to the Guild site. I wish you Qapla' on your efforts.
Just wanted to let everyone know that I now updated my web page with some new
pictures from Stellar Con . Feel free to send comments , critics , heckles , or
K'beck tai DevnoH
Shhhhhhhhhh. Its tax time........don't mention
I finally borrowed a friend's jigsaw, and fitted it with a metal cutting blade.
It did a decent job of cutting the aluminum batleth which is 3/16" thick. Thus
far, this is the most time effcient method of cutting this thickness of
aluminum, when compared against a jeweler's saw, a grinder, a cutoff wheel, and
a plasma cutter.
Only drawback is that one has to control the saw by
hand, and overcome the vibration.
I think I will try to make it to Praxis
- I think i can. Planning for saturday.
Priestess of the
Order of the
I'm happy to hear you're making some progress. Your comments
regarding the different cutting devices are interesting. I think most of us
would prefer the accuracy and clean line of a saw. As for the plasma cutter - I
think it is an advantage when coupled with some type of automated control
device. If it is used freehand, it is no better than a glorified torch (except
it cuts more types of materials). I watched a worker cut 2 inch thick titanium
with an acetylene torch and the lines were incredible. I think time with the
tools has an affect on the results as well.
I'm not even going to tell
you how pitiful my torch cuts look......give me a saw.
I look forward to
seeing you at Praxis. We'll look for you on Saturday.
Hi There, Kdaq! good to have heard something from you..
I do advise you
to be careful not only with piles of titanium dust, but aluminium and iron have
the same firey breath. It is generally used in pyrotechnics, by some persons who
think they can blow up something without killing themselves. I did an extensive
search on that item, when I was a little bit younger (yes, even I am getting
older ). I never got around to make anything worse than a water-gun filled
with fuel, but I learned something, O, yes (more info??? needed on my technics
of how to get myself killed??) Anyway, just be careful, I heard aluminium dust
mixed with iron dust can make quite a mess out of you(r place). I also dropped
by to make sure my design came trough. You might have dropped me a note, but at
the time *they* were busy *fixing* their network.
Anyway, that's all I
can think of, and I'll go and search for a fine piece of steel at the local
little scrapyard, which I bumped into, and I've heard of a public building with
some tools for handling metal quite near me, which I'll try to find in the
coming month. You might think that it's a bit long, but I just got some school
results, and, although I'm in the highest form of high school (I don't know what
it's called in English, but we have a dif- ferent school system anyway), they
were very bad. If I go on like this, I'll have to redo this form, which doesn't
appeal me. (still following it?, I know, My English isn't even near good)
anyway, I just need some time.. That's it for now, Greetings! And since I don't
have the cash for my trip, I won't be joining you on Praxis... I do regret it.
No need to worry, I have some experience
with pyrotechnics as well as knife making. The same friend who taught me
forging, taught me how to make display fireworks. The largest I have made is an
eight inch multi-break shell, but he has gone on to make some very large and
very beautiful displays.
The dangerous aspect of the titanium dust is
that the grinding belts generate enough heat to ignite it. With the other
metals, the material doesn't retain enough heat to smolder and ignite other
dust. At any rate, a clean shop makes for a better work environment.
luck in your metal search. The scrap yard is a terrific source.
sent me a copy of your design ? If you have I have not received it. It would
look nice posted on the Guild site.
I have been a knife maker for many years and a klingon fan
for quite some time.( Actually right now I am watching Worf get married on TV )
Have you any knowledge of throwing weapons for Klingons also is there a page
that I can get from your establishment.
P.S. May your dk'tag
always be used honorably and fly true.
It is always a glorious day when we can welcome another craftsperson
to the Guild. I liked the *wedding episode* but it needed more weapons in it.
I have never actually seen a knife thrown at another warrior but I
have seen numerous instances of knives being thrown into tables etc. as forms of
challenge. The Klingon language does address the process of throwing weapons
(spears specifically), so it isn't a foreign concept to a Klingon, but it might
get too close to that *honor line*. ie Is it honorable to throw a weapon at an
enemy. This is a gray area that usually changes to suit the speaker's own
opinions. It is not honorable to strike an enemy from behind, but it is OK to
fly hidden in a cloaked vessel ? I tend to think each case has to be judged on
it's own merits. If it is OK to shoot an enemy with a disruptor then it would
seem to me that using a knife as a projectile would also be OK. Thats MY
With that out of the way you have to decide which Klingon blade
you're going to throw. For the most part Klingon blades are very asymetric and
not suited to throwing, but a few do exist. The d'k tahg is a very balanced
blade, but my thoughts on that choice are that a warrior is much more lethal
when he retains his grip on a d'k tahg. Kurn and Martok are both seen using
smaller blades that don't fit any known descriptive term and they seem adaptable
to throwing. I am currently finishing one up for the Praxis exhibit and will
have it up on the Guild site in a few weeks. MAybe I'll go out in the back yard
and chunk it a few times so I can report on its value as a *thrower*.
future will bring some original designs that fill this area of need. I look
forward to your input as a new Guild member.
Greetings Honored Guild Master,
Tell me what you think of this. You may
have seen in some mail order knife & sword catalogs a Ninja sword with a
black (parkerized) stainless steel blade. Now, we know that the Sword of Kahless
(as seen on DS9) resembled a blade made from Damascus steel. How hard would it
to be to make a Sword of Kahless & parkerize it. The only reflection on the
blade would be from the shapend edge? Give me your thoughts on this. I always
look forward to your replys.
May your blood scream
Greetings honored one,
think a parkerized finish would look terrific on any large Klingon weapon. I am
not entirely familiar with the process but I think it is just another type of
*annodization*. If thats the case you'd just need a tank large enough to hold
the blade and that shouldn't be too big a problem.
You could also use the
black finish to allow for detailed family emblem inscription. Sort of engrave
your blade without removing a lot of metal. The possibilities are
Greetings honored one!
Here's just a small QUESTION, made by me, and
concerning weapons. I was at school today (nothing new so far), and while I was
snooping around during Handi- craft, I found a big piece of aluminium. The only
drawback was that it's only 1.5 mm thick. I thought maybe it would be better if
I could place two pieces side by side and thereby making it 3.0 mm thick. And
here comes the question: how do I do that. My teacher suggested metal glue, but
I don't think it'll be to steady. By the way, Since I must get on with the
project, (for else my teacher will freak out) I have decided to wait one week
for improvements and then I'll start cutting the original design. So if there
are any ideas.... I beg (read: shout) you to post them quickly.
greetings and good luck with
OK forget metal
glue. As soon as you flexed the blade or applied any heat (either in shaping or
polishing) the glue wood deteriorate.
Hmmmmm 1.5 mm is thin. Well I have
two ideas - but this is really stretching it.
1. Cut out the pattern
(tape both pieces together and cut two profiles at one time ) and then weld
along the edges. This requires that you can weld aluminum - one of the harder
items to weld and along a 1.5mm thickness.........well it'll probably burn a
2. You could use a combination of rivets and welds to hold the two
pieces together. I use rivets to make half inch pommels from quarter inch stuff
all the time. Just use aluminum rivets and they'll grind invisible when you
polish the piece.
Now I'm not talking about raised head or aircraft type
rivets. These are merely lengths of aluminum rod that you peen out in holes
specially prepared for them. Drill a hole the diameter of the rod and then use a
countersink on it (but just barely). This creates a flared opening and when you
hammer the rod end it mushrooms out and grips the pieces together. Then when you
sand it the material literally disappears among the other metal.
placed the rivets right behind the edge where the bevel will start (about half
an inch) you probably won't need to weld anything at all.
couldn't be more optimistic abvout this. Its a tough problem, but its one you'll
run across many times while making knives. We always need something thicker than
we've got. If you can get the *hang* of the last suggestion it will serve you
well in the future.
I am submitting for your approval my forge name:Blue Fire(SuD'QuL). It is an
honor for me to have been awarded the rank of Master in the Guild. I am planning
to start making the Warrior's Style bat'leth with my own little touch in design.
I'll be using aluminum this time. I also went to the Star Trek Experience two
weeks ago. If you ain't been you need to go. There is nothing like it in the
Cosmos. Once again I thank you very much.
There is glory in the Impire.
Excellent naming HovLoD !
warrants your position. I look forward to seeing the *touches* you add to the
mupwI' yI'uchtaH !!
*mupwI'* Volume 2/ Number 4/ Part Two