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The tools we use in our craft are very sacred and are a necessity.

Tools used in magical workings.

The tools we use in our craft are very sacred and are a necessity. Many people buy these things in occult shops while other create them themselves. I will go over on how to create some of these tools.

The Athame:

This is a double-edge blade knife made from steel or iron.

1.Go out an purchase a piece of steel from a local metal working shop. It does not matter how big it is just as long as you are comfortable with the length.

2.Take a torch and heat the steel until it is a dull red. This will soften the steel for easily workings later.

3.Once the steel is red let it cool off naturally. Do not rapid cool it with water, this makes the steel brittle.

4.Take a piece of soapstone or pencil and draw out the design you want for your blade. Making sure you leave a long tang/shaft at the base of the blade to be inserted into a wooden handle.

5.Next take the torch, bandsaw, or grinding wheel and cut out your design.

6.Once again let the steel cool off naturally.

7.Now take the steel you have cut out and use a file or grinding wheel to shape the edges of the blade. This does not have to be razor shape, it will be sharpened latter on after creation.

8.Now your blade needs to be tempered.

9.Heat it up again until it is red hot and plunge it into oil, machining oil works best.

10.Let it cool off and then wipe it off and sand it down with sandpaper to clean it up.

11.Heat it up again and repeat the last steps.

12.Now heat it up one last time and watch carefully the colors of the steel. When it becomes a blueish color immediately plunge it into the oil.

13.Now your steel has been tempered.

14.You can now craft the handle for your knife.

Creating the handle:

1.Take a piece of wood (board) and place the tang of the athame on it.

2.With your pencil trace out the design.

3.Take another piece and do the same. This is the other half of the handle.

4.Take a chisel and chisel out the tang area on both pieces until you have made enough room for the steel to be inserted between the two pieces of wood and they are able to fully touch together.

5.When you have accomplished that take the wood and roughly sand the inside where they will meat together.

6.Now apply a epoxy glue to the wood and insert the tang of the athame between them in the chiseled spot.

7.Using clamps tighten the wood together and let sit to cure.

8.Once the glue has dried/cure you can remove the clamps and begin carving your handle into what you want it to be.

Later you can etch or engrave your covens name onto the blade using a ingraver tool, sulphuric acid, or iodine. If using acid or iodine you need to protect the rest of the blade with melted beeswax and using a sharp nail write the name you want into the wax leaving exposed steel for the acid or iodine to etch.

I will cover wands next

-Shadow Craft-

High Priest Draco

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