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Kell's silver dagger is a knife in which the initials "K.L." are engraved. It is silver from tip to hilt and finely made.[2]


When Kell, then still Kastion Laros, was five years old, his parents brought him to the Ferase Stras to sell. Before they parted, his mother took the knife out of her pocket and gave it to him as a farewell gift.[1]

The knife is the only item Kell Maresh owns from the time before his memories were sealed and he was adopted by Maxim and Emira Maresh. Kell also got his current name from the initials engraved into the knife—K.L.[3]

After his adoption, Kell always kept the dagger close to him. He uses it to cut himself and draw blood in order to use blood magic.


  • Maris Patrol incorrectly stated that the dagger used to belong to Kell's father.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Conjuring of Light, Bonus short story: "A Life Erased"
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic, I: The Traveler, I
  3. A Darker Shade of Magic, II: Red Royal, III
  4. A Conjuring of Light, X: Blood and Binding, III