The most expensive recurve button you can buy. Is it worth it? Bow finds out.
The Wifler Industries MP-One is a plunger like no other, developed by US archer Alex Wifler, and one of just two products presently sold by his company.
Almost other buttons on the market work in pretty much the same way; a spring pushes against the tip, and a rotating barrel pushes against the spring. This goes for both the cheapest Chinese copies and the reference ‘standard’ Beiter button used by the majority of top archers. You are paying for improved parts, machining and tolerances.
I still like my Beiter button, but the proprietary plastic spanner required to get it on and off the riser drives me nuts, frankly. AAE also produce a button used by many top archers, and the Shibuya DX is a well-regarded standard which will deliver results at almost any level.
But almost all buttons use the same technology: springs, which are developed to certain tolerances but have various issues that mean they do not last forever.
The MP-One looks similar to most plungers, but uses opposing rare earth magnets, driven together in an aluminium barrel. Apart from that barrel, it has no moving parts.
The barrel and locking collar are locked down with two hex bolts, pleasingly, a size larger than the size used on both Beiter and Shibuya buttons, when meaningful, locked-down tightening often feels like you’re going to break something. The plunger tip is made from aluminium, which is supposed to treat your arrows better.
Wifler claims that rain and temperature have less of an effect than traditional plungers, and that the machined barrel has 48 micro adjustments per turn, making it the most ‘adjustable’ available if you are a serious tuning micro-tweaker.
The tuning process is the same; they claim it should be easier to get the bare and fletched arrows going to the same place. I certainly had no problems at all moving arrows around the boss with it.
Apparently developed after playing about with magnetised ‘Bucky balls’, it took Wifler three years to get a prototype working and a total of five years to finally bring the MP One to market. It is available either through his website (wiflerindustries.com) or Lancaster Archery in the USA.
It is not yet being sold through a European dealer, although that may change in the future. The MP-One has a small retinue of pro users at the moment including GBR’s Bryony Pitman and the USA’s Jack Williams, and is available in red, blue, black and a vibrant purple that would make Prince proud.
The simplicity of the button and the technology involved are intriguing, you can’t help but press and feel the resistance of the magnets working against each other. On the riser, it looks and feels solid, sitting tight – and shorter than most other buttons. The price, to be fair, reflects the relatively boutique nature of production.
Can it ever displace Beiter from the long-held button top spot? The answer may like in extensive testing carried out by an international team somewhere, and the long-term durability.
Me, I’m going to leave it here for a while and see if it can work any more magic.
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