Dk tahg, The way of the warrior

A d'k tahg bearing Kaybok's family crest

Kling D'K Tagh

A d'k tahg with secondary blades closed (top) and open (bottom)

The d'k tahg (or Daqtagh) was the traditional Klingon warrior's knife. It consisted of a single, straight-edged primary blade and two curved secondary blades, which could be either fixed or hinged. It was commonly used in hand-to-hand combat, and had great ceremonial value in Klingon culture. The handle featured a rounded, spiked pommel and sometimes bore an emblem representing the members of its owner's house near the hilt of the blade. (TNG: "Firstborn")

David Marcus was killed on the Genesis Planet by a Klingon with a d'k tahg in 2285. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

A d'k tahg was part of a Klingon ritual that Worf performed after Marla Aster's death. The ritual included extinguishing a candle with the knife in 2366. (TNG: "The Bonding")

Captain Jean-Luc Picard kept a sheathed d'k tahg in his quarters aboard the USS Enterprise-D. Jono used this dagger to wound the captain in 2367. (TNG: "Suddenly Human")

A d'k tahg was one of the objects that Berlinghoff Rasmussen tried to steal from the crew of the Enterprise-D when he was visiting the ship in 2368. (TNG: "A Matter of Time")

Kang killed the Albino in battle with a d'k tahg on Secarus IV in 2370. (DS9: "Blood Oath")

Stealing a warrior's d'k tahg was considered a grave insult to his honor. Worf took Drex's in 2372 to attract his father Martok's attention. Previously, Martok had brought Kaybok's d'k tahg into Sisko's office. Jadzia Dax explained that Kaybok was killed because of his disobedience. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

Major Kira Nerys was stabbed in her side with a d'k tahg by a Klingon warrior during the battle on board Deep Space 9. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

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According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 175), "The Klingon knife, first used to kill David Marcus in Star Trek III, was designed by Phil Norwood. It was also seen in "The Bonding" (TNG) and several later episodes. It was given a name in "Birthright, Part II" (TNG). When it was used for the The Next Generation, the original prop was not available, so Rick Sternbach duplicated the design for the show's prop makers, using a Star Trek trading card for reference."

It was known unofficially, especially among fans of FASA's Star Trek: The Role Playing Game in the 1980s, as the "honor blade."

According to the script for "Birthright, Part II", its name was pronounced as "dock-TAWG". [1]

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