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







 
June 2018

The beautiful month of June is already upon us and I often feel that I am never ready for the fact that the light will once again begin to diminish later this month as we celebrate the sun being at the height of his power. 
The Summer Solstice falls on the 21st this year at 12.07 and just two days later we celebrate Mid-summer's Eve (don't forget to leave out milk and cake for the fae). This is a magickal time, one of three occasions when the veil is thin and the portal to otherworlds often lie open...
The June new Moon is born on the 13th and is known as the Blessing, Mead or Honey Moon.The full Moon meanwhile falls on the 28th June and is the most southerly Moon of the year.
Jupiter and Venus are both visible in the evening this month, whilst the planets of Mars and Saturn are visible in the morning sky, just before dawn.
May the magick of Mid-summer be yours.