I personally use the word fetish to refer to something that has purposely been made into a "house" for a specific spirit, power, virtue. It is no longer merely a mundane object but actually houses part of that spirit/virtue in that it is a direct connection to it. An unawakened blade is a blade one can use to direct energy or cut, etc., but a blade that is a fetish houses and carries not only the power of the witch but the power of whatever spirit familiar she has directed to it and when used it taps directly into the power and makes the witch "one" with it through her use of the object. An object used this way must be deliberately made into a fetish although I have come across an item once that was not a fetish but had a strong attachment to an "entity" so it only made sense to keep that connection. Basically, due to what is housed in and through them, the tools become "alive" and can actually be treated as the spirit or power itself.
Thanks Michelle. This is a bit different then what I do. Sounds fascinating and very potent