Athames
 

A bespoke hand made athame is both a pleasure to hold and use during ritual.
Here at Arcanus, Willie makes each athame to order, according to the  requirements of each client.



" I have just received the athame I ordered, and am SO VERY PLEASED with it!
It’s a work of beauty, and the craftsmanship is amazing. Please tell Will that I am thrilled with his work— and I look forward with pleasure to using the tool he crafted. "

Gail - USA

 
The choices you have when asking us to your athame, fall into four main categories -
 
Blade shape and finish
Handle material
Tang decoration
Fixing pins style
 
1. Blade Shape and Finish: 

The initial consideration is the basic shape of the athame. 

Your choices in this respect are endless. If you email a photograph of your ideas, we will draft it out, and send it to you for your approval.

The second aspect is the finish.


Hot rolled steel has a black oxidised layer called 'mill scale' which can be left intact and false edges polished as in the top athame.

The second has more scale removed leaving a 'satin' finish with polished edge.

The third has all scale removed and the blade polished.






You may also choose to have a damascus steel blade for your athame, which provides a totally unique pattern on each piece.




2. Handle material.


The 'default' handle material is aged and ebonised oak.  (Think of the wooden panelling in an old country house and you will be close to imagining the finish.)

Whether you have a particular wood in mind, or horn, or antler, the choice is entirely yours.


3. Tang decoration.

If we are using a full tang blade, there are three basic choices as to the tang decoration; polished, file work or an Ogham inscription.



This tang has an ivy filework pattern, which gives an air of movement and a hint of nature to the handle.







Whilst this example of an Ogham inscription says 'an harm none'






4. Fixing pins

Fixing Pins are necessary for the structural integrity of the athame and can be black carbon, polished silver steel, polished brass, or a mosaic pin.


 
Ordering and Designing Your Athame

 
The choices may seem bewildering at this stage, but only when we have considered the four aspects outlined above will we agree a price, and the work will begin. We are more than happy to lead you through each stage of the athame design to ensure that you are completely satisfied before we begin the production process.

The cost: Bespoke Athames start at £195.00

The cost will only increase if there are specific aspects of the design i.e. exotic wood, damascus steel, stag antler, buffalo horn handles, which are more expensive to source, but the overall cost will not exceed £250.00.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements in the first instance using the contact form.

Thank you.


 
We currently have the following athames available from stock at £160 each, including UK postage, package and insurance.
Please email us using the contact form with regards to which athame you are interested in and we will send you further photographs and advise on payment.
Thank you.


 

Athame 1
Damascus steel blade, Wenge hard wood handles,tang ivy decoration, mosaic pins




Athame 2
Damascus steel blade, buffalo collar, deer antler handle, pentagram pommel
 


Athame 3
Polished steel blade, spelted beech handles, black pins




Athame 4
Steel blade with polished edges, ebony handle, ivy decorated tang




Athame 5
Damascus steel blade, buffalo collar, deer antler handle, buffalo horn pommel







 
JANUARY  2018

January 2nd brings us the first and largest Supermoon of the year as the Moon is in Perigee (closest approach to the earth). This Oak Moon completed the lunar cycle for the Celts and honoured the triumph of the Oak King over the Holly King at the Winter Solstice.
On the 4th, the Quandrantids meteor shower graces our night skies, although you may see its effects up until the 6th at around 80 meteors per hour.
Both Mars and Jupiter are visible in the early morning sky around 3.30am from the 7th to around mid month.
The 17th brings us the new Wolf Moon, a time of abstinence and suspension after the dark time, for the ancestors knew that the worst of the winter was yet to come.
Finally we have that rare event of what many people refer to as 'The Blue Moon', albeit this term does have many meanings. Whichever ,meaning you may attribute to it however, the 31st January does bring us the second full moon of this calendar month as well as a total lunar eclipse. The eclipse will not be visible from the UK , although its effects will still be felt energetically. It is a time of co-operation, of finding a way to work together, rather than tearing each other apart.
These are interesting times - journey well and make your time upon this earth count.