When I first began practicing I didn't know exactly what to think about the blade. I had read numerous books by different authors and all discussed casting Circle with the athame and stressed that the blade was a sacred
My first athame was Egyptian style with the hilt being a female figure holding a crook and flail. It was made of metal with a dull wavy “blade”. My husband and I were looking through a pagan type store in a mall in Rhode Island and I spotted it in a display case and fell in love with it the moment I saw it. I knew it was meant to come home with me so I didn’t hesitate with the purchase. It was the last tool I purchased, but eventually became the one tool I now will never part with. My Egyptian athame served me well over the years, but as with all things in my practice it became something I no longer resonated with and ended up releasing to another who found they resonated with it.
My next athame and most current one that I still use in my practice is the one in the first photo included in this post. I purchased it from a pagan / witchy YouTube creator who was selling many of her personal tools. I was a regular subscriber to her channel so when her athame showed up for sale I felt called to purchase it though I hadn’t been considering buying one (at the time I was still actively using my Egyptian athame). Once I received it and consecrated it I replaced the Egyptian one and used it exclusively never returning to the Egyptian one. It felt as if this athame fit perfectly in my hand energetically and physically. It seemed to "hum" when I sliced through the ether as I cast Circle and vibrate as I evoked the Spirits, Guardians, and Powers during my rituals. I had finally discovered the power the athame held and I was fascinated by the tool.
I believe that my blade is not only a necessary tool, but it is also the one that I feel deeply connected with. I perceive it to be bonded to magickal and physical survival as it has and has had multiple purposes for the Witch over the years. Blades were used to protect, during hunting, harvesting and gathering, for cutting down trees to build shelters, and for skinning animals for clothing. Wielding a weapon was a necessity and an outward sign of power and for me that energy is carried into my practice.