A ceremonial knife used to redirect energy
To kill and vanquish magical beings and steal their powers via Power-Sucking Athame's.
An Athame is a double edged ceremonial knife that Witches often use to direct energies in their daily practices and rituals.
Warlocks generally use athames in their ambitions to kill witches in order to obtain their powers. Though, demons like Belthazor also enjoyed killing witches with athames, he had several in his altar, and was also able to conjure them. Bianca, a Phoenix, could conjure athames as well.
There's a unique type of athame, which serves to strip someone of their powers when killing the person, it is called Power-Sucking Athame. Also there is a spell created by Gideon, that grants power to an athame, although it's unknown if he did this only to break Wyatt Halliwell's force field.
The Athame as Weapon
Athames are shown to be a powerful weapon to kill and wound strong Demons. In one instance, Piper used Belthazor's own athame to stab and remove some of his flesh for a vanquishing potion ("Power Outage"). A year later, this event was mirrored with Paige as well as Belthazor using his athame to vanquish Sykes ("Black as Cole"). Another death by athame instance being when Piper destroyed the Devil guardian of the Hollow ("Charmed and Dangerous").
Athames in Conjunction With Scrying
Athames can also be used when scrying, once again hinting at their ability to channel and direct energies. If demon blood or any other liquid is smeared on the athame then one may hang the crystal's chain to the blade and one can scry to find the being.
Something Wicca This Way Comes
In "Something Wicca This Way Comes", Jeremy killed a witch, Serena Fredrick, with the power of pyrokinesis, using the athame and therefore obtained her power. Later, when he had cornered Piper he showed her he could light the ends of his finger tips with this power as the witch used to. Near the end of the episode Jeremy used the Athame to shoot a Fireball at the sisters through the athame, which he then turned into a circle of fire and then in a tornado surrounding the sisters.
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