ATHAMES The athame is a double-edged knife – double-edged like a dagger, rather than single-edged like your favourite kitchen paring knife. The Athame, is the Knife used to cut the necessary things for the circle such as the pentagrams in the quarters and the circle. It should be mentioned that the Athame, does not really need to be a black handled knife. It’s a common opinion that the Athame, should suit the person who uses it. One of its uses is to invoke things that are wanted, and banish things that are unwanted or un-needed in the circle. The Athame, is considered to be an extension of the users "self". This includes will, spirit, thought, emotion and manifestation as well. If you see an Athame that speaks to you then that is the one for you! The use of this blade for physical self defense will make it null and void for any magickal use again.