B’rel Nach – Bird Saber Inspired by the Klingon Bird of Prey

nuqneH! Hello Everybody….as you might have guessed from my little bit of Klingon we are headed back to Federation Space today for another Star Trek saber. To be specific we are headed to the planet Genesis where we find Captain Kirk attempting to recover the “body” of his friend Mr Spock in the hope of restoring the Vulcan to life. This is the plot of Star Trek III – The Search For Spock and as you can imagine things don’t go smoothly for our Fed heroes. The Federation are surveying the newly regenerated planet Genesis and a survey team beam down to the surface when they discover signs of life on their scanners. Whilst the scientists (including Kirk’s son David Marcus) investigate some unwelcome visitors stealthily arrive to try and obtain the Genesis data and equipment to use as a weapon -The Klingons led by Commander Kruge!

So Kirk, you are going to try time travelling? I did that once in the future..or was it the past?

This is Commander Kruge, a very harsh, imposing and not to mention ruthless Klingon (played by Doc Brown actor Christopher Lloyd!). Kruge killed his own crewman gunner when the gunner “misplaced” a disruptor beam and destroyed a ship….oh and Kruge killed his girlfriend too when she revealed she’d seen the Genesis data! Now Kruge and the Klingons arrived in their ship and as I mentioned attacked (and destroyed) a ship which was the USS Grissom the Fed science research vessel resulting in Kruge having to also beam to the planet surface to try and capture the “away team” of Lt Saavik and Dr Marcus. All this happens just as Kirk, McCoy, Sulu and Scotty arrive in a newly stolen Enterprise. But how did the Klingons arrive and remain undetected?

Well they were flying in a B’rel class starship more commonly known as a Bird of Prey! This ship had a very distinct appearance and a very special feature. So today I present my B’rel Nach or Bird Saber….

Yes, I have immortalised the Bird of Prey in lightsaber form and it is a sort of crossguard hilt. I tried to replicate the basic outline of a Bird of Prey by giving this saber a pair of “wings” either side of the emitter. In the tips of these wings are small lights which represent the BoP’s Disruptor cannons and look closely and you can see hull plating to replicate the “feathery” details the real ship has on it’s wings. The BoP is very special as some people don’t know it is actually a Romulan design! Back in the 60’s series of Star Trek one episode named “Balance of Terror” established that ships painted with bird designs were Romulan. One small line of dialogue in the movie though explains the Klingons stole this Bird of Prey! Back to the saber and the emitter represents the bridge module of the ship with windows to allow blade shine through, but look on top and you can see I modelled a basic “bridge cupola” and that has tiny windows circling it! The emitter mouth is the launch tube for the Photon Torpedoes which are replaced by the saber blade. Here is Gallery Two …

In these pics you can see the “Photon Torpedo Saber Blade” and the raised bridge cupola atop the emitter. You can also see that this saber has a lot of grime and streaks of rust on it’s surface. The tail or aft section features the leather handgrip from my “Quartermaster” hilt (https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2021/07/24/the-quartermaster-saber-inspired-by-the-mandalorians-the-armourer/) and is adorned with a Klingon Kahless Empire logo. The last two pictures show the saber back on Kronos (the Klingon home planet) and at rest on it’s display stand – this time borrowed from my “Chang” saber. (https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2021/08/21/chang-saber-a-weapon-for-a-klingon-general/) However this time I modified the stand so I could place the hilt at an angle to show off it’s lines. You will also notice the wings have folded downward into their rest position.

Now I mentioned a special feature of this ship and it explains how this ship approached and destroyed the Grissom without being detected…the answer is the BoP has a “Cloaking Device” making it virtually invisible. The BoP has to deactivate this shield in order to fire it’s weapons and it was this small disadvantage that allowed Kirk and the Enterprise to survive an attack (at least for a little while). Kirk realising the situation sets a trap for the Klingons and he and the crew beam to Genesis…where Kirk comes face to face with Kruge, and a young Vulcan. I won’t spoil the final scenes of the film just in case some of you still haven’t seen the movie….so this would be a good place to bring this post to an end but as always my usual thanks and messages before I go where no-one has gone before….

Thanks so much for checking this design out, I hope you have been enjoying the change of pace with these Star Trek designs – they have been fun to build. And as always thanks for the continued support you show my site and I hope you will return for more new saber designs. I have Star Wars Sith sabers, a saber inspired by the silver fern and maybe a few modified Quartermaster hilts. Oh and I might even add a few Lego models too. There is still so much more to come in future posts. Till next time…..Qa’Pla!

“B’rel Nach” saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the Klingon “Bird of Prey” ship from the film “Star Trek III – The Search for Spock” The design, model and renders where created by For Tyeth in Blender 3D and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. Star Trek and all names, images, logos and related material are Trademark/ ©Copyright of Paramount Pictures.

11 thoughts on “B’rel Nach – Bird Saber Inspired by the Klingon Bird of Prey”

    1. Hello Nancy and thank you very much. I have been on a bit of a Star Trek streak recently as a movie channel in my cable package has had a Trek season showing. I’ve always liked Trek and have been making hilts based on the franchise since way back in 2017! Though I have to say I have done more than a fair share of Klingon inspired designs. And yes it is a good day to die (if you have Klingon blood!) Thanks again.
      p.s. here is the link to that 2017 hilt in case you missed it (though compared to this it is a bit basic): https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/ncc-1701-l-lightsaber-a-highly-engineered-saber/

  1. YES! I know this and all Star Trek movies!
    I love them!
    I know every episode in the tv series.
    I knew the answer: Cloaking Device.

    AND I designed Christopher’s wardrobe in a comedy: Dinner At Fred’s”.
    The saber is delightful. It’s wings are a nice unique feature.
    This is my fave post to date.
    Fave sabers… I’d have to go back and look. Nonetheless, this one is def in my top 3!

    1. Hi Resa, I suspected you might have known the answer! You did send me that awesome PDF which had a picture of the Romulan version of the Bird of Prey from the episode I mentioned!
      I wish I had met (or at least had some sort of contact with) some of the greats you have, your resume is like a “Who’s Who” of some really iconic people of modern culture. “Jumping GigaWatts!”

      1. Thank you, Tyeth!
        Yes, I was fortunate in my career. I did lots of commercials, rock videos and low budget films, (Rob Lowe did a low budget after the scandal with the video and under aged girl). I designed that. He got famous, again, and his name helped on my early film resume. Showtime discovered me after that. I worked for them for over 10 years. That led to a lot of work in the USA market.
        Things changed. Corporations bought up everything, and the phalanxes of producers became bosses. I was used to working with the Director, 1 Producer, a Production Designer, DOP and the Stars
        I was disenchanted & semi retired before Covid. I was in a position to be choosy. Now, I’m not sure, but I’m open to doing a film, should a good one come my way.
        Did you read my resume on the IMDB?

      2. Hi there, you did mention your inclusion on IMDB a while ago when we discussed Valerie Bertinelli and being inquisitive I did go and have a look (cos I don’t know that many people in the business that I can say I am on speaking terms with!) It was so cool seeing your name there in lights backing up what you had told me. I was impressed when I saw Cagney And Lacey listed cos I loved watching that show – I liked Sharon Gless’ style and outfits.

  2. Hmm not sure I am in the right univese? Lol! Star Trek is great, I love it 🙂 obviously not as much as Star Wars *ahem* but it’s awesome just the same! I like this design for sure – very “Klingony” if that’s even a word!

    1. I think you just invented the word so I’d say it is canon now! Well, at least we know what you mean here at FT Towers! And here is a little tidbit of a fun fact – the saber body of the B’rel Nach is the same one I used for Quartermaster – I just modified the emitter shape and swapped the shrouds for wings. Oh and I think you might like the upcoming silver fern hilt……(walks away quietly whistling 😉)

      1. AHHHHH SILVER FERN HILT????? Let me get your permission to slap that all over social media ahead of time because I am going to promote that as much as I can lol SO AWESOME! Can’t wait to see it FT!! 😀

      2. Hi there, wow I wasn’t expecting a reaction like that…but it is nice to create some excitement! I will jig my schedule and it should be up this weekend. Stay tuned!

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