Blacksmithing a Klingon Bat'leth
Star Trek Into Darkness is out today, so AweMe's resident swordsmith Tony Swatton recreates Worf's Klingon Bat'leth from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Swatton had previously made Klingon weapons for Star Trek productions, but never a Bat'leth. Here, he plasma cuts the shape out of a sheet of solid steel, and then refines its edges with a belt grinder. Klingons played a small role in J.J. Abram's first Star Trek movie (the Klingon prison scene was cut out of the theatrical release), and publicity photos have indicated that Klingons may play some part in the new movie. But do Bat'leth's make an appearance?