The current athame I have is this one, and it's served me well for many years. However, since I'm seeking to walk a Traditional path of Wicca (Gardnerianism, specifically), I'd need one with a black handle, but still just as plain (and my personal aesthetics would prefer silver tones to the gold/brass :P). They're damn impossible to find without spending an arm and a leg, so I was wondering if anyone had any experience with removing/replacing the wooden handle with something that's naturally dark (e.g., ebony, etc.). I realize I could just repaint/restain it, but that would feel temporary to me, whereas a whole new handle would seem more permanent (and yes, I know that's just me).
I've also considered sanding some of the etching off of this one as an alternative as well, though.
Any thoughts/suggestions would be much appreciated.