As Michael Vagnino wraps up work on just his seventh Convertible Dagger, he says a production version may be in the cards. This wild design drops jaws, with a mechanism that toggles the knife between a straight back knife and a punching dagger.
With prices that start around $2500, most custom Convertible Dagger owners probably keep the knife on display or in a safe. But if it were taken into the outdoors or used in a tactical role, Vagnino insists that it would be more than a conversation piece. “It’s made well enough that you could use it for those things.” Fans of the design who can’t shell out the big bucks will be happy to know that Vagnino, a frequent collaborator with Kizer, hopes to see them roll out a production version. “This would be a no brainer for them. It might just be something I pitch their way.”
In its standard ‘open’ position, the Convertible Dagger looks like a 3.5-inch bladed lockback folding knife. But instead of folding closed when users disengage the lock, the Dagger moves into a second open position, turning the knife into a punch dagger. This configuration extends the reach of the blade to 4.5-inches overall. Because it doesn’t fold closed, users can carry the Convertible Dagger in a leather sheath made by Paul Long.
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