Wicca & Witchcraft - Sword
The sword is not so common a ritual tool, but it can be used in place of the athame. The sword symbolizes authority and can be used to mark cut out sacred or ritual space.
Again, like the athame, the sword should never be used to cut anything in the physical plane. Obviously it must never under any circumstances be used to draw blood - even accidentally. If it is, its power will be gone and the tool should be destroyed so that it can never be used again.
Also, like the athame, it can be used to deal with unseen entities and forces. In other words it holds negative spirits at bay and prevents interference with spell casting. At the same time the sword attracts positive energies and spirits which can be extremely beneficial to the work in hand.
The sword doesn't have to be extremely fancy, or elegant. It is a working tool and a plain sword will work just as well. It's really a matter of personal preference. Some Witch's prefer ornate ritual tools, others prefer plain. Whichever you prefer, or whether you even have a preference or not, it will serve you well.
Although it can take the place of the athame, many Witches have both within their collection of ritual tools. They will use whichever seems more appropriate for their purpose.
Color: Blue - Green - Yellow.