Dagger Canoe began in 1989 by four men who all had years of experience in the canoe and kayak business: Roy Guinn with Blue Hole Canoe Company of Sunbright, Tennessee, Peter Jett with Hydra Kayaks of Tennessee, Steve Scarbrough with Dagger Paddle Company, and Joe Pulliam with Perception Kayaks. Bob Taylor, owner and founder of Appomattox River Company, had been paddling buddies and a business associate of all of them. Steve called Bob in late 1988 and explained their plan to form Dagger Canoe Company. Steve's ideas on the 16ft Legend canoe sounded like the ideal open canoe for the Southeast, and Bob placed an order for 60 as soon as they started production. Dagger designed 5 canoe models initially, then after Joe's non-compete clause with Perception expired they started making whitewater kayaks. The Response, Crossfire and RPM were some of the best selling kayaks ever made.
Those that know kayaking know Dagger. Their goal is to represent everything that's great about getting on the water, from the technical aspects of rec and touring to the pure rush of whitewater. This is evident in the variety of people that are proud to call Dagger home and their wide-ranging product line. From the mountains to the sea, you'll see Dagger boats, always pushing to master moving water better than the day before.
Dagger provides great quality at great prices. Their products are put through the ultimate test approval by Team Dagger, who boasts of well known names such as Tao Berman, Brad Ludden and Andrew Holcombe. Dagger owners know that their kayak didn't go into production until it met the standards of Dagger's amazing design team and took the beating of a lifetime their our team paddlers.