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Last update 4/16/2010

Michigan Witches Ball 2010

I am very excited to be a sponsor for this great event! To find out more about one of Michigan's best parties, click the link above.

All sales are now being handled through my Etsy shop: www.splendidfish.etsy.com
Click on the link above to see what is currently available.
Don't worry, friends, it's still me behind the scenes!

I've added a new section called

Gods, Heroes, and a Couple of Regular Guys:
Corbin's Tall Tales

When I create a new piece
of design work, it often happens that they come, much like a baby with a silver spoon in it's mouth, bearing a story. Unfortunately, when I sell a piece, the story is sometimes lost with it. I've decided to collect these stories into a section all
their own, for your enjoyment.

Enjoy them!

Don't forget to click on the BLUE WORDS anywhere on this site to enter
new worlds of mythic imagination.

A while back I made one as a gift for a friend. Apparently she liked it, because I suddenly had people asking me to make them similar gifts. That’s a bit awkward because, ideally, I would like to make one for everyone who wants one, and give them away for free because, as I have said elsewhere, I have a certain bias toward this spiritual belief.

Obviously, however, I can’t do that. It takes me about fourty hours of solid work to make one of these. If I made one for everybody who wanted one, I’d never have time to do anything else, and Bill doesn’t like being a machine.

What I do instead is make them and offer them to you at an extremely good price (if I sell one for $250, and you subtract $30 for materials, you’ll see that I only make about $5.55 an hour. I oughtta work at McDonald’s so I can get rich faster. Interestingly enough, I only charge $200, because I like being really, really poor). I only make about four to six a year, depending on how many good bones I find (and how many bleeding blisters I can endure).

These are quality tools intended for people who are serious about their work. If you want a cheap, mass produced stainless steel fantasy dagger that will look good with your Hogwarts costume, there are plenty of people who will sell them to you far cheaper than the daggers I make (by the way, I love Harry Potter. That wasn't intended as a slur against the books or movies, It's just that i want to make it clear that there is a difference between fantasy and reality). Check out the price for comparable high quality (though mass produced) daggers from a company like Museum Replicas Ltd. (www.museumreplicas.com) and you’ll see that my prices are extremely reasonable, especially for hand work, made right here in the U.S.A., by somebody who cares.

I don’t make the blades (I haven’t got a forge yet. You need to buy some stuff from me so I can buy a forge and anvil. My blades are made by the same company that makes Museum Replica’s blades), but they are quality high carbon steel. I don’t send them sharp – for this purpose, sharp isn’t necessary – but if you want to sharpen one, it will take and hold a good edge. These are the real deal.

I do all the other work. The guards are cut, filed and carved out of solid brass barstock (if you ever meet me, ask to see my blisters). The deer bone handles are made from bones I scavenge in the woods every spring. I clean them, polish them and do whatever shaping is needed by hand. I then fit everything together, and carve a wooden scabbard to fit each dagger.

For those of you city people who have a strange aversion to dead animals, I would like to point out that when I pick up the bones, the deer is no longer in need of them. I don’t hunt myself, but, if you know only one thing about nature, you should know this: nature is life and death bound up in an eternal loving embrace. Everything that lives also dies, and, when it does, what is left is used by the living. That’s why the living get to go on living. Don’t be afraid of bones. They’re no more morbid or satanic than sticks or autumn leaves.

And while we’re on the subject, let me say this – No, I don’t and won’t use human bones. I’ve never yet found a dead human in the woods (unless I put them there), and if I did (unless I put them there), I’d tell the police and they’d take the body away.

These athames don’t have any mystical symbols on them. I recommend that you personalize them yourself. The bone handles are a wonderful base for scrimshaw work (draw your design in pencil on the bone. Take a sharp nail or awl and carefully follow the pencil lines. While you do it, pretend you are Ishmael aboard the Pequad, killing time till Mody Dick shows up. When done, rub colored oil paint into the lines and rub off the extra. If you make a mistake, use the edge of a piece of broken glass to shave down the surface, sand it smooth, and try again).

To see the individual athames up close and personal, click here.

I am currently selling only through my Etsy shop. Please follow this link to check availablitlity: www.splendidfish.etsy.com


Athames in scabards

The athame is a ritual dagger used primarily by Wiccans, but other pagans use it as well. Contrary to what you may have heard, or been told, the athame is not used to murder goats or virgins. Both goats and virgins are lovely creatures worthy of preservation.

No, the athame is a tool used to symbolically direct the will toward a specific goal. To understand the symbolism I use when I create one, click here.

For some interesting and informative information about the best ways to get an athame, click here.

Here is the group I currently have available, naked.
Here is the group I currently have available, clothed.