The Magpul Knife – Limited Edition Frame Lock - Rigger

Eric B
by Eric B

The mechanical and industrial designers at Magpul must have a great time, designing and Rapid Prototyping all the things the readers of this Blog love to use.

It’s therefore no surprise that Magpul are starting to make knives, but they are not going to lay around in any Outlet shops selling for a fraction of the list price.

The Price is “To Be Announced“. Great idea. Just like Porsche, make one less than the crowed is willing to buy and the price will go up. Except I think, in this case, Magpul are planning on making a few thousand less than the market wants.

Below you can read Magpul’s description of their new knife, and enjoy the pictures. I think it looks like a lovely knife (I collect knives), but unfortunately I won’t stand a chance of getting one.

However I am going to throw in some criticism, to give you something to think about before you read Magpul’s description.

The list of knife makers that have a secondary lock is already long, so it’s not a unique thing. For instance Extrema Ratio (Italy), Real Steel and Acufors (formerly Ruike).

Spyderco seem to have a Patent on a secondary lock, called “Folding knife with secondary locking mechanism. I am certainly not a Patent Engineer, but you can have a look here:

Magpul Knife – Rigger – Product Details

The Magpul Limited Edition Frame Lock will be offered in a series of short, serialized production runs, making these unique knives highly collectible. Availability of the first of these runs will be announced in spring 2019.

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.

A jimped blade flipper deploys and locks the modified Wharncliffe blade 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 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, yet large enough to handle demanding field tasks.

The Rigger comes with a custom high strength, injection-molded, weather-resistant case that’s internally lined with soft foam. When not housing the Rigger, the crush-resistant case serves as a storage box for small tools, ammo, or anything else that will fit.


  • Blade Design: Modified Wharncliffe with Tapered Dual Bevel Grind
  • Blade Material: CPM S35VN
  • Secondary Locking Feature
  • Titanium Frame: 6Al4V
  • Titanium Pocket Clip: 6Al4V
  • Titanium Scales (Model dependent)
  • Limited Edition: Individually Serialized
  • Custom high strength, injection-molded, soft foam lined, weather resistant case.
  • Lanyard Hole
  • Primary Frame Lock
  • Jimping along blade spine and 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”
  • Weight: 4oz
  • Mechanism: Manual Opening w/ Flipper
  • Flipper Jimping Length: .235”
  • Blade Spine Jimping Length: .65”
  • Hardware Fasteners: Stainless Steel
  • Titanium Pocket Clip Position: Reversible Tip-Up
  • Bearing Type: Caged Ceramic Bearings

Magpul TV below:

The knife is Made in the USA.

According to Recoil Web: “Magpul will produce 200 knives, each serialized in order of production. While the price of the knife hasn’t been announced, we’re told it’s a mid-tech offering which suggests a price tag somewhere north of $500.” ( Direct Source)

Below you can see some live photos of Magpul’s new knife, taken on site by Nicholas Chen (TFB).

Photo: Nicholas Chen (TFB)
Photo: Nicholas Chen (TFB)
Photo: Nicholas Chen (TFB)
So what’s the verdict from our readers? Is Magpul’s knife sharp enough for the market? Are Magpul making too many or too few?
Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Kaban Kaban on Jan 23, 2019

    Checks all boxes for collectable thrown into rear of the box.

    1) Limited editon/run/collector status.
    2) Expensive enough to not evoke "WTF is that cheapo, Old Hickory?".
    3) Average or above-average knife steel. Who cares about treatment?
    4) Fashionable design (read: milled Ti flipper).
    5) Can cut, but not too good.

    Probably will be sold out real quick.

  • Mlevans Mlevans on Jan 23, 2019

    I remember when they had those China doll lowers and those things are still A. hard AF to find and B. expensive AF when you do. I'm sure the same thing will happen with these knives. People will turn their noses up at the price but when they are collectables then its priceless. Being a comic book collector this is nothing new to me. Hope they sell well.