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







 
April  2018

April dawns as the Easter weekend is being celebrated and the full Seed Moon has just passed. The energies of this Moon however still remain strong and point to both change and new chapters over the coming two weeks.
Venus is visible as the evening star and the Virginids meteor shower comes into view on the 12th. These meteors may be few and far between, but they can be quite beautiful.
The 16th sees the birth of the new  Hare Moon, a Moon of fertility. The ancients believed that as the Earth warms, so too do animal and human passions.
The 23rd marks the beginning of the Lyrids meteor shower, which provides a show of approximately 10 per hour and is best viewed after midnight in the east.
On the 30th we have the full Hare Moon, which rises along with Jupiter and they remain companions until dawn.
May the blessings of Spring be yours.