Monday, July 25, 2011

Of Bat'leths, Scimitars and General Information

bat'leth
It was a nice quiet Monday morning. The hubby had gone off to work and I was sitting as I usually do at my computer tweeting, and perusing my favorite bloggers. CM1 was up having breakfast and watching a rerun of The Big Bang Theory. Now apparently the characters on the show were discussing Klingon weaponry. He seemed confused and called me over to discuss a perplexing issue.

"Why is the bat'leth so dangerous?" he asked. "It doesn't' seem so to me."

scimitar
sabre
I mentioned to him that it has to do with the curvature of the blade. Like the scimitar of the Islamic middle ages, the rounded edge actually makes it a wonderful slashing weapon. In fact, as I pointed out, if he had paid attention during his fencing lessons, he would have found, like a "sabre," which is also slightly rounded, the bat'leth makes for a good weapon in battle. This is different than the European sword used during the middle ages which was primarily a stabbing instrument, but of course they used it for slashing as well, it just wasn't as effective. The sabre is also different than the "epee" which is the sword the boys learned to fence on. This is a slender straight blade with a slightly different hilt than the sabre, think The Three Musketeers. I then proceeded to demonstrate how the bat'leth would have been used and how it would effect the human or Klingon body. One more point, the sabre was primarily a Calvary weapon. It worked perfect for someone on horseback.


"Oh, now I understand," he said. Then he continued on with the rerun, laughing and eating and preparing to greet the midterm exam waiting for him at college.

So you never know when some little bit of information that you garnered at some point in your life will come back to help you with your children. I found myself being very glad this morning that  I myself am a trekkie, understand fencing and the differences in swordplay, plus have an odd affinity for ancient and medieval battle tactics and weaponry.

Of course it doesn't hurt my obsession that this is how Hollywood portrays the ancient warrior:

Achilles
Spartans

Gladiator
RobinHood



Samurai
Knight


Hector



Now for the modern warrior- May God Bless and Keep Them:






Until next time,



Elise