The Klingon Bat’leth: Practical or Awkward? Smart or Stupid?

From Skallagrim Nilsson:

Ah yes, good old Viking Space Orks… Although they have disruptors for ranged combat too, you have to be quite an edgelord to insist on using melee weapons in the Star Trek universe. Is this blade as self-defeating as it may seem at first glance, or does it have merit in this particular sci-fi setting?

Let’s put on the over-thinking cap and delve into it. Rather than just ramble about hypotheticals I’ve had a real one made to handle and try cutting with. It has been quite an interesting experience.