To Create the Blade.
Some traditions call for certain signs to be carved on the handle. Even if your does not, you may wish to add some decoration. I would certainly recommend at least putting your Craft Name or monogram on it.
You might also like to etch something on the blade, this isn't difficult to do. (see below)
If you are a bit more daring and have the ability to access a forge you can try forging your own Knife, (I made my own - see photos - and loved the experience - apart from dropping hot metal onto my foot and giving myself a second degree burn - ah well the knife is well and truely paid for ..lol)
Two words of Warning you need to exercise EXTREME caution when doing this because the metal will become extremely hot (see above) and it is a very time consuming process so make sure you have the time to work on it. Please wear PPE if attempting this (gloves, goggles, closed shoes etc)
Forging the Blade
Making the Handle.
Note: when making a handle for your blade i would recomend finding a small dowel pin and when you have the handle glued and secure find a drill press that can drill your steel and drill through the handle and tang with a bit just big enough for the dowel pin to fit in then cut the pin and sand it down smooth with the handle and finish the hadle. one pin will make the handle secure and not go any where two pins would make sure the handle doesnt come losse and wiggle back and forth on the pin. You should never need more then two pins on a small blade such as an athame.
Etching the Blade.
You can use an engraving gun to inscribe symbols into your blade, but this is the more traditional method.
Please be aware this is DANGEROUS and needs extreme caution, this should only be attempted by an adult!!
Very few people choose to make their own ritual knives, although it is possible to do so. Most practitioners will purchase one and personalize it in some way. This is most commonly done by inscribing symbols or runes upon it. In some traditions specific symbols are required and have been handed down through their lineage. In others and among ecclectic Wicca groups, these can be personal.
Medical Note: If ANY ACID FALLS ON THE SKIN RINSE THOROUGHLY UNDER COLD WATER IMMEDIATELY and if there is a burn of any type, seek immediate medical help. IF it gets in the eyes, again rinse immediately and completely and CALL AN AMBULANCE!. It is best when doing this if you wear either some type of glasses or goggles and rubber gloves. DO NOT INGEST THE ACID OR LEAVE IT WHERE IT COULD BE INGESTED BY A CHILD OR ANIMAL. Also be careful of how you dispose of the rest of it - do so in an environmentally SAFE way.
Discalimer: The Magickal Universe takes no responsability for anyone who causes themself or another harm, injury or death through attempting any of these activities. This information is provided for informational purposes only!