One question the editor, Mark Lewis put to me and wanted me to discuss, was KíSiaís bullwhip.
So here we go:
The whip is a VERY difficult weapon to master. Unlike a sword, which can at least be stabbed-with or flailed by even a neophyte and still be dangerous to an opponent, a bullwhip or stockwhip is much less forgiving, and will more likely bite its own user before hurting someone else. Thatís why KíSia carries one; itís a sign of a skill level few Klingons possess, a sign of more disciplined training than is usually seen with bladed weapons. Thereís an elegance to it as well, and unlike a sword, batíleth, daq-tag or other bladed weapons, a whip can be used to maim OR to gently touch; it can deliver a powerful supersonic blow and can REMOVE a weapon from an opponentís hand.
The whip seen in KITUMBA was one I had custom-made by a whipmaker in Montana named Jack Perry. Itís one he makes as part of his brand, and is patterned DIRECTLY after the whip used by Vincent Price in DeMilleís TEN COMMANDMENTS.