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A mek'leth

A mek'leth was a traditional Klingon bladed weapon. While Klingons often carried disruptors, they prefered to use bladed weapons in combat, with the two most common ones being the mek'leth and the bat'leth. (ENT: "Marauders")

Design Edit

The mek'leth was described as "a two-pronged dagger" that was "typically used to slash the throat or disembowel." (ENT: "Marauders")

T'Kuvma used a mek'leth to battle Captain Philippa Georgiou aboard the starship Sarcophagus in 2256, eventually stabbing her to death with it. (DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars")

Captain Gabriel Lorca owned several Klingon blades, including a mek'leth. Ellen Landry wanted to use it to cut off the claws of "Ripper", but she was killed by the creature. (DIS: "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry")

When Michael Burnham challenged Kol to a duel in order to buy time for the USS Discovery to complete its readings of the Sarcophagus cloaking device, he tossed her a mek'leth. (DIS: "Into the Forest I Go")

Worf occasionally favored the smaller (and easily concealable) mek'leth instead of the larger, bulkier bat'leth. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior") Worf often used his mek'leth to fight the Jem'Hadar, such as those on Vandros IV and on Soukara. (DS9: "To the Death", "Change of Heart") He also concealed his mek'leth on his EV suit during a spacewalk on the hull of the USS Enterprise-E, tucked into the suit's belt at the small of his back while in orbit around mid-21st century Earth. He used it to kill one of several Borg drones that had been building an interplexing beacon on the ship's deflector dish. (Star Trek: First Contact) In an alternate timeline on Gaia, Worf's descendent Brota inherited his mek'leth. In this timeline, he had once used it to kill a yar-bear. (DS9: "Children of Time")

Jadzia Dax thought that, although the mek'leth was better in some ways, she still preferred the longer reach of the bat'leth. She later practiced with a mek'leth. (DS9: "Sons of Mogh", "Rules of Engagement", "Bar Association")

The mirror universe Bareil Antos claimed that he had once stolen a mek'leth from a Klingon and had then used it to deactivate the sensor alarm of a cell in which he had been held. (DS9: "Resurrection")

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Background information Edit

Dan Curry created the mek'leth at Michael Dorn's request when he joined Deep Space Nine in 1995. Dorn wanted a weapon that was easier to wield. The final design was based on a Himalayan blade, a Northern Tibetan cavalry sword. However, the ergonomics of the weapon were specifically designed for Dorn's mass and hand size. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion; A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager)

The mek'leth from Star Trek: Discovery was created in Toronto, Canada. It was made from hand sculpted high-density foam. That sculpt was subsequently converted into a 3D model and milled out of aluminum. The blade's elaborately detailed surface was hand carved from a poured resin. The weapon's handle was also hand carved from foam and then cast in resin. ("Star Trek Exhibition" at DIS: "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" screening, Millbank Tower, London, UK, 5 November 2017) One of these mek'leth props was featured at Star Trek: The Exhibition in Blackpool, UK, and is now on a world tour.

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