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What’s Next for Magpul Knives?

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Back in April, Magpul released its first knife, the Rigger. There were only 200 limited edition Magpul Rigger knives up for grabs. To say they went fast would be an understatement.

A massive influx of traffic and attempted orders shut down the website. “Yes, the response to the Rigger release was certainly stronger than we’d anticipated, and we’re still sorting out the details of what happened, because it seemed that half of the entire internet came to our site and tried to buy at once,” said Scott Creed, Magpul director of marketing. “We had added a lot of capability to handle the load, and we did a lot of stress testing and verification to avoid any problems. However, the site and our server capacity was still completely overwhelmed, crushing even the redundant capacity we’d added in anticipation of the traffic around this release.”

Creed said the last Rigger was sold about an hour and a half after the knives went live on the site. But once the website was back up and running, customers were still trying to add the knife to their cart, even though the Riggers were essentially sold out within minutes.

“We’re doing a lot to change our site capabilities,” said Creed, “so the next time we do this, it’ll perform a lot better.”

That brings us to the next chapter in Magpul’s knife venture. At NRAAM, we caught up with one of the Rigger’s designers. We were told that the very next version will be stone washed, while additional iterations will be black, brown, and olive drab. Future Rigger scales will be made from lightweight titanium or Micarta.

Upcoming Riggers will be similar to the first edition, with a double-locking titanium frame, a blade forged from CPM S35VN steel, and secondary locking feature (SLF). The SLF is similar to the feel of a 1911 safety that’s easily flicked on or off and it prevents accidental blade closure.

Other features include:

• Blade Design: Modified Wharncliffe with Tapered Dual Bevel Grind
• Secondary Locking Feature
• Blade Material: CPM S35VN
• Titanium Frame: 6Al4V
• Limited Edition: Individually Serialized
• Custom high strength, injection-molded, soft foam lined, weather resistant case.
• Titanium Pocket Clip: 6Al4V
• Lanyard Hole
• Primary Frame Lock
• Jimping along blade spine and the flipper for increased grip during use


• Blade Length: 3.4” (from center of pivot)
• Blade Thickness: 11/64”
• Open Length: 7.59”
• Closed Length: 4.52”
• Handle Thickness: 7/16”
• Mechanism: Manual Opening w/ Flipper
• Flipper Jimping Length: .235”
• Blade Spine Jimping Length: .65”
• Hardware Material: Stainless Steel
• Pocket Clip Position: Reversible Tip-Up
• Bearing Type: Caged Ceramic Bearings

The first run of limited edition Riggers was priced at $425 each. MSRP of the next Magpul Rigger knives will vary.

While handling the Rigger at NRAAM, it felt balanced and opened swiftly and easily. We’ll be looking forward to the next batch of Riggers… hopefully, we’ll be able to scoop one up.

In the original press release about the Rigger, Magpul said:

The Rigger is a limited edition, precision-engineered cutting tool constructed of premium materials and featuring signature Magpul form and function. This first-ever Limited Edition Frame Lock was designed by the team at Magpul and is an expression of Magpul’s design ethos and commitment to quality and innovation. The modified Wharncliffe blade is forged from Crucible Particle Metallurgy (CPM) S35VN stainless steel, considered to be 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.

The jimped blade flipper deploys and locks the modified Wharncliffe blade open with an audible click. An innovative secondary locking feature (SLF) in the Rigger’s precision-machined frame lock can also be engaged, preventing accidental blade closure, even in the harshest of environments and during demanding use. 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. The primary grind / bevel decreases weight while maintaining blade strength and rigidity. The straight unsharpened back curves slightly and has 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’s an ideal size for everyday carry, yet large enough to handle demanding field tasks. The Rigger also comes with a custom high strength, injection-molded, weather-resistant polymer case that’s internally lined with soft foam.


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