This first series of knives was originally issued under the Franklin Mint name but was later changed to its subsidiary name Knightstone Collectibles. The knives were about 4" (10cm) long when closed and had a panel on one side showing the relevant artwork which was, with one exception, specially painted. When looking at the artwork, the blade opened to the left. The body of the knife was in the shape of a dragon. They came with a leather case and a Certificate of Authenticity.
I have been unable to find consistent, good quality images of these knives so have decided to show the artwork instead. Apart from the artwork the knives differed from each other as follows:
When first issued my (and Hercules') understanding was that there would be 12 knives in the set and to support this the optional display case has space for 12 items. Perhaps that was their original intention but they decided to increase the number at a later date.
I know of no definitive list of the knives so the following table is simply arranged in alphabetic order. For the same reason, I would not be surprised to learn that the list is incomplete.
|The Diva of the Dawn||The Empress of Desire||The Empress of the Night|
|The Enchantress of the Forest||The Goddess of Temptation||The Goddess of the Moon
|The Goddess of the Sun||The Maiden of the Snow||The Mistress of Fire|
|The Mistress of Rain v1||The Princess of Ice||The Siren of Rapture|
|The Siren of the Sands||The Sorceress of Passion||The Sorceress of the Universe|
|The Sorceress of the Waves||The Spirit of Ecstasy||The Spirit of the Storm|
This set of knives differs from the previous one in that it used existing artwork from both Boris and Julie. This is a set of twelve, one for each month of the year adorned by a simulated birthstone for that month. There are two patterns, either silver, with the birthstone at the top, or gold with the birthstone at the bottom, that were used alternately. Since the artists were also used alternately it means that all the silver knives carry Boris artwork whilst Julie's artwork appears on the gold ones. The blades have the relevant month etched thereon but are otherwise identical on all knives.
|January||February (J)||March||April (J)|
|May||June (J)||July||August (J)|
|September||October (J)||November||December (J)|