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.

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

Thank you.


 
These are examples of past commissions.
Please contact us using the contact form to discuss your requirements.
Thank you.


 


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





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



Polished steel blade, spelted beech handles, black pins





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





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







 
January 2019

With the festive season past, our thoughts turn to the new year, healthy pursuits and the awakening of nature from her winter slumber. This is what the custom of January Wassailing is all about. The word means 'good health' or 'be whole' and this is what we wish for ourselves and each other. In addition this is the time when we sally forth into our orchards to awaken the apple trees, to chase away the dark spirits of winter and to bless them as the year opens up. If you don't have access to an orchard, place an apple somewhere you can dance around it, make lots of noise, have a drink of apple juice or cider and enjoy.
On the 4th in the heavens, the Quadrantids meteor shower becomes visible, whilst on the 6th we welcome in the new Wolf Moon along with a partial solar eclipse. This Moon waxes full on the 21st where we will also be able to witness from the UK a total lunar eclipse between 2.37GMT and 7.48GMT. Worth setting your alarm around 5am to see it in its totality. It is also a supermoon, so definitely a sight not to be missed.
Planets visible this month include Mars in the evening sky and Venus, Jupiter and Saturn in the morning sky from mid month.
May the increasing light bring you many blessings and Wassail.