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Patti Wigington

Making an Athame

By May 13, 2013

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The athame is used to direct energy.
Thinking about making your
own athame? Me too!
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Many Pagan traditions use an athame, or ritual knife, during workings. It's typically involved in the directing and guiding of energy, and rarely used for any cutting other than the symbolic. While you can buy an athame at just about any witchy shop, a lot of people like to make their own. My twenty-year-old athame has informed me it's ready to retire, so I'm seriously considering making my own athame as a replacement. However, I have little to no knowledge of metalworking, so it's an experiment in progress. Until I get it right and can post a tutorial, I thought I'd share a few tips I've picked up along the way: Making Your Own Athame.

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