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June 30, 2013
3:52 pm
Charm
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Ok so this may or may not start a huge fight in regards of religion but I figured this would be a good group to ask.
I've been mulling over the idea of making a Athame of my own. But to back step and fill in the story some my form of religion is more that of the power of thought and belief that to a degree even our thoughts cause actions. Think negative and that is all you will have, think positive and you will be happy in life, even on the worst day.
So though I doubt I could be considered a true wiccan or pagan that would have full use for a Athame I like the symbolism in making something that to me is a representation of who I am and further more what I always strive to be. So while I do want it for more symbolic reasons its still somewhat spiritual.
That said any ideas on construction. I was thinking more of getting a forged Damascus blade and making the handle myself, leave a chain of gemstone beads off the tail end of it. Maybe some abalone inlay and carving the wood some. Wood to use Willow Acacia because its pretty and durable.
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"There is nothing quite so thrilling as treading in the darkness on a step that isn't there"
July 5, 2013
9:22 am
Oakbear
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An athame is a tool, and it is up to you what you do with it. Sure some 'purist' Wiccan might get their knickers in a twist, but that's nothing to sweat about in my mind.
You clearly have pure motives, so it sounds a lovely idea.

While i already have an athame, i have thought about making my own knives too. There are some wonderful kits available now.
If you want to use it spritually/symbolically, have you considered picking a wood said to have certain properties? Likewise with the gems.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
July 13, 2013
5:58 pm
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Well I would not be going for a kit so much. I really would rather to make my own blade but right now i don't have the skill for that however I do have a blacksmith friend so eventually I could learn.
So for now the blade would be pre-forged But I intended to pick up the Willow Acacia and shape the handle myself. I chose it because its a sub species of the general Willow family and the Willow by more Pagan routes would be my birth tree.
As with the Gems{in bead form from Firemountain most likely} I was going to go with the Red Coral Abalone Jet Turquoise which is more after the Native Americans. And then some of the ones related to my birth month and some serpentine more for looks.
I could make it Beltane{My Birthday} themed but I think I will save that version for if I ever forge a blade myself.

This will also be probably a long project as its final project will probably be quite costly but I think in the end worth it.

"There is nothing quite so thrilling as treading in the darkness on a step that isn't there"
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