Athames
 

A bespoke hand made athame is both a pleasure to hold and use during ritual.
Here at Arcanus, William Wilson 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.


 
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JUNE 2017

The lovely month of June brings us the Summer Solstice on the 21st, where we experience the longest day and celebrate the Sun standing at the height of His power in the Northern Hemisphere. Light a fire or even a candle to mark this powerful occasion.
Just two days later on the 23rd is Mid-Summer's Eve, when the portals to Otherworlds lie open - time to leave out a little milk and cake for the fae before retiring.

The new Blessing, Mead or Honey Moon falls on the 24th, which is also Mid-Summer's Day and this new Lady will hopefully bring a gentler energy to our world.
May the Blessings of the Celtic Summer be yours.