A cleansed and consecrated ritual blade. It is double edged, and black handled. A knife used by Witches during rituals do direct energy in magick and is never used to cut or kill anything on the physical plane.
An Athame or Athamé (m, eɪ or iː) is a ceremonial dagger, with a double-edged blade and usually a black handle. It is the main ritual implement or magical tool among several used in the religion of Wicca, and is also used in various other neopagan witchcraft traditions. A black-handled knife called an arthame appears in certain versions of the ...Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athame
Ritual dagger. One of nine Working Tools. The term, so far as can be determined, was created by Gerald Gardner, although it may have been based on a similar, obscure word. Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20074
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