Rough Rider’s RR758 Coal Miner Trapper

See also the Coal Miner Series

RR 758 (Trapper)

As many folks will tell you, the Trapper is the most collected of all traditional patterns. It is often the flagship pattern of any series of knives produced by just about any company producing traditional patterns. It is also a pattern I rarely collect.

I bought the Trapper in order to complete the entire series. It is a standard pattern Trapper in every sense of the word and it is a well made beauty. The knife meets every quality control measure I expect from Rough Rider and would be a great addition to anyone's collection of trappers. My other Trappers include a Taylor made Schrade "Buzz-saw" Trapper which cost $10 more and is about the same Quality. A Camillus made Remington Trapper from around 2001. The Remingtons blades are better polished than the Rough Rider and also a better fit and finish overall. I would expect as much from a knife form that period and factory. My fourth Trapper in comparison in made by Frost, and while a not a bad knife, the fit and finish are not ad good and the dye on the bone scales seems flawed.

For overall quality and the price you'll pay, the Rough Rider is better than any similarly priced Trapper out their. As a flagship pattern I would expect no less from the company. If you were to remove tang stamps and do a side by side comparison between this knife and similar knives by Bear & Son or Case, I bet the untrained examiner would not be able to tell the difference.

Will I buy more Rough Rider Trappers? It is hard to say. But my decision to buy a Rough Rider Trapper would not be based on poor quality; it would solely be based on my lack of interest in the pattern. I really have no interest in that big spay blade. Now if they did made a buzz-saw trapper (with a saw blade) or slim-line, single clip blade trapper, I'd be pounded down the door to get one.

Coal Miner Trapper

RR 758 (Trapper)

Trapper 2

Trapper with the new style coal miner box.


  • Pattern: Trapper
  • Pattern Numbers: RR758
  • Length Closed : 4 1/8 inches
  • Main Blade: Clip, 3 3/8 inches
  • Secondary: Spay, 3 3/8 inches
  • Blade Etch: PAD Coal Miner
  • Tang: Rough Rider and pattern number
  • Handle: Black Jigged Bone 
  • Bolsters: Ringed Nickel Silver
  • Lining:  Brass.
  • Pins: Brass
  • Shield : Rough Rider Propeller  
  • Bail: N/A