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I am currently reading a book which is telling me that I should make my own athame or at least alter a bought one. However due to my lack of skills and the appropriate tools, I cannot make my own. Neither can I alter it, because I can make a mistake and spoil the whole knife as I already did with another one. So is it ok to buy an athame and just use it as it is?

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I would take anything you read in a book with a HUGE grain of salt. IMO...nothing is a MUST, there are alternate options for everything. I made one out of wood using a dremel. It was fun, and I did it, but being a perfectionist, I wasn't attached to it. I obtained a black ceramic blade that I now use as my athame. I know plenty of people who have bought their athame. Not everyone is skilled in blacksmithing or altering pre-made blades, nor are they adept to use dremmels or have carving skills, so sometimes the only resort some have is to buy their tools.

I think it's the height of redundancy to scold someone for buying something they couldn't otherwise be given or made. So to answer your question...yes, it's ok to buy one. :) :)

Thank you so much. The book DOES scold someone for buying the athame. (Quote) This is your personal tool - a magical tool -  and as such is something very special. It will not do, then, to simply go to a store and buy a ready-made knife. I find that is very arrogant.

So, you can absolutely buy a knife, yes. What makes it an athame is when you consecrate it to that task. Whether you make a knife or buy it, that consecration will make it an athame. Is it a good thing to put some effort into the creation of your tools? Sure. Is it 100% necessary? Nope. I bought mine. It sure as heck does what it's supposed to do, after being consecrated for use as an athame.

What book? That actually sounds familiar (and never believed that for a second for ANY tool)


Yaroslav Davletshin said:

Thank you so much. The book DOES scold someone for buying the athame. (Quote) This is your personal tool - a magical tool -  and as such is something very special. It will not do, then, to simply go to a store and buy a ready-made knife. I find that is very arrogant.

If you want to modify the blade do a google search for how to etch a knife blade. Salt water and a 9V battery and either nail polish or wax and you can decorate the blade to your heart's content.
Remember when you have consecrated the blade as an athame it is no longer to be used as a regular knife.
Can an athame be bought?

Most people do.

That is Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft. I find he has SOME useful information but he is quite arrogant and full of ego.

Dakota said:

What book? That actually sounds familiar (and never believed that for a second for ANY tool)


Yaroslav Davletshin said:

Thank you so much. The book DOES scold someone for buying the athame. (Quote) This is your personal tool - a magical tool -  and as such is something very special. It will not do, then, to simply go to a store and buy a ready-made knife. I find that is very arrogant.

I thought that sounded familiar. I have this book and haven't been able to get past the third chapter, no matter how many times I try lol.

In the instance of having to buy something instead of making it yourself you can always decorate with paint, use heated pieces of whatever scrap metal you have around to score and burn the wooden handle you can also make a beaded string to wrap around the handle you can find many patterns online. This way you add your own personal touch to whatever tool you have to buy! (Most general store sell cheap wooden handled knives in the kitchen areas)

Of course ritual objects can be bought, even the bronze and iron age there was skill specialisation, why would our age be any different?

I knew as soon as I saw this post that you read that from Buckland's Big Blue! What he says about using the heating elements on your stove to forge metal?  Don't do it!  You can end up ruining them. 

I purchased mine from an online vendor many moons ago and consecrated it as an athame.  It works just fine. 

You can always engrave the handle or etch the blade if you want to make the knife personalized and unique to you.  I know a witch who decorated the leather sheath that came with her store-bought athame.  It turned out elegantly. 

They mean for you to make it your own, so that you have a connection to it as with something that has been passed down to you and has a history of rituals. In lieu of artistic embellishment perhaps you could make its' consecration ritual a bit more involved (e.g., when you magnetise it, or bury it for the waxing moon), you can always elaborate a ritual. It is more important that it be personal than perfect.

I doubt the book's author mined the ore and forged the metal for their athame themselves.

I've had three since I was a kid. The first had engraving and painting, while my current one, I've had for almost ten years, has little decoration. Good luck. )o(

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