The boline knife is a magical tool, used for cutting herbs and inscribing candles. Inspired by the white-handled sickle-shaped knife described in the famous ancient grimoire, The Key of Solomon, our interpretation is handcrafted with the modern magical practitioner in mind.
The crescent shaped blade is a nod to the practice of gardening by the moon's phases. Designed for cutting herbs and cords (literal and figurative), this knife is sharp! The handle is carved and shaped from fallen branches from our property, and then wood burned on both sides with the moon's phases.
The astrological glyph for Saturn is burned at the bottom of the handle. Saturn rules over the fate of all created things and the cycles of time--creation, growth, and inevitable passing away. The glyph is created from the sickle, representing the agricultural harvest. The knife was designed and created on the day of and during the hours of Saturn.
The entire piece is an homage to the the natural world and the unseen world, and the magical rituals that connect them. We wanted to create a tool that would be made with intention and be worthy of the tending and harvesting of your beloved plant allies. We sincerely hope these knives will be a special addition to your herbal harvesting rituals, spell work, and altar.
Handcrafted with love in Iowa City, Iowa.