A lot of things come to mind when you hear Magpul: Stocks, chassis, clothing, gloves and, oh yeah, the Magpul PMAG. Well, now you can add knives to that list as the manufacturer just unveiled the Magpul Rigger.
A knife was a long-time coming for Magpul. But why did the manufacturer finally decide to make a blade? “… Sometimes we just want to make something we know we will use ourselves,” the manufacturer said in a statement. “At Magpul we’re knife people, we use knives, we carry knives, and we talk about knives. That said, this project is a new endeavor for Magpul, and we are proud to have taken this from a dream to reality.”
Magpul Rigger Features
For starters, the Magpul Rigger is a limited-edition knife. The first-ever “Limited Edition Frame Lock” features a modified Wharncliffe blade, forged from Crucible Particle Metallurgy (CPM) S35VN stainless steel. CPM S35VN is considered one of the finest blade steels in the world, and one of the first designed specifically for knife blades. This CPM stainless steel construction provides improved strength and wear resistance, which means the blade holds its edge longer than lesser steels, reducing the need for frequent sharpening.
A jimped blade flipper deploys and locks the modified Wharncliffe blade with an audible click. A secondary locking feature (SLF) in the Rigger’s precision-machined frame lock can also be engaged, preventing accidental blade closure. A flick of the thumb disengages the SLF, allowing quick, controlled blade closure, with or without gloves.
The modified Wharncliffe blade edge has a distinct distal taper and slight belly that enhance ease of sharpening, maintenance and overall utility. Meanwhile, the primary grind / bevel decreases weight while maintaining blade strength and rigidity. The straight dull back curves slightly with an abrupt downward edge near the tip, creating an aggressive point for piercing and detailed work. The titanium pocket clip features a hollow pocket clip screw for lanyards and can be removed or reversed with a slotted screwdriver for easy disassembly and cleaning.
At 7.59 inches open and 4.52 inches closed, it is an ideal size for everyday carry; it’s also large enough to handle field tasks. The Rigger also comes with a custom high strength, injection-molded, weather-resistant case internally lined with soft foam.
Magpul is offering Limited Edition Frame Lock in a series of short, serialized production runs. Availability of the first of these runs will be announced in spring 2019. Magpul hasn’t listed an MSRP, but early reports listed that it might be around the $500 mark. Noting the limited production, that may be true. Regardless, we’re looking at a quality knife entry here.
Watch the video below to learn more about the Magpul Rigger. For more information, please visit Magpul.com.
Magpul Rigger Specs
- Blade Length: 3.4 inches (from center of pivot)
- Blade Thickness: 11/64 inches
- Open Length: 7.59 inches
- Closed Length: 4.52 inches
- Handle Thickness: 7/16 inches
- Weight: 4 ounces
- Mechanism: Manual Opening w/ Flipper
- Flipper Jimping Length: .235 inches
- Blade Spine Jimping Length: .65 inches
- Hardware Fasteners: Stainless Steel
- Titanium Pocket Clip Position: Reversible Tip-Up
- Bearing Type: Caged Ceramic Bearings