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Assisted Opening Knives

Assisted opening knives are a category that is increasingly common for EDC, or everyday carry. They provide quick, one handed opening using either springs or a ball bearing pivot system. Spring assist knives have a spring-loaded mechanism mounted in the handle to propel the blade once the user has moved it past a certain angle. Ball bearing pivot systems uses caged ball bearings for an easy, smooth opening.

These differ from automatic or switchblade knives in that the blade is not released by means of a button or catch on the handle - the blade itself is the actuator. Most assisted openers use flippers also called triggers as their opening mechanism. Assisted opening knives can be as fast as or faster than automatic knives to deploy.

Another major benefit of this type of knife is its ability to be easily deployed with one hand, in some cases just one finger and is easy to operate in varying weather conditions, even with gloves on. This can be a real bonus in high stress situations for military and first responders like police, fire and EMS.

Blade and handle materials for open assist knives are the same as other folding knives so performance doesn’t suffer at all. Stainless steel blades and either plastic, aluminum or G-10 handle scales are prominent on assisted opening knives. To aid in carry most come with a pocket clip which allows easy access from any pocket or can be clipped to a pack or purse. Atlanta Cutlery (ACC) carries a variety of styles from manufacturers like Kershaw, Elk Ridge, M Tech and Tac Force.

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Boker Plus OTF "USB" Pocket Knife Grey & Green

#404654
It looks like a USB stick, but slide the thumb rest forward and the spring-loaded blade pops out the front of the handle and securely stays there. Made in the USA.
$63.95

Underwater Wonderland Mermaid Folder

#404660
We know that peril and grave danger lie beneath the crashing waves, but the mysteries of the deep have inspired potential wonders for those with imagination for centuries. Here's what we'd like to find under the sea - a ravishing mermaid with her frolicking dolphin buddy. This assisted opening knife shines shines with an anodized blue coating.
$14.95

Boker Plus OTF "USB" Pocket Knife Black

#404653
It looks like a USB stick, but slide the thumb rest forward and the spring-loaded blade pops out the front of the handle and securely stays there. Made in the USA.
$63.95

Boker Plus OTF Pen Knife with Full Auto Blade

#404650
Sign your name and cut a deal! This fully functional ink pen contains a very convenient knife blade – perfect for opening packages, or tackling any small cutting chores. Just twist the handle to reveal the pen point, or push up on the clip to extend the spring-loaded, fully automatic D2 steel blade.
$84.95

Boker Plus Shamsher with Copper Handle

#404649
How do you make an already convenient pocket knife more convenient? How about a fully automatic blade? That's right, just flick the pinball machine-style flipper and the blade pops out quick-as-a-wink. The blade is a hair under 2" long and fully legal in all 50 states.
$67.95

Boker Plus Shamsher with G10 Handle

#404648
How do you make an already convenient pocket knife more convenient? How about a fully automatic blade? That's right, just flick the pinball machine-style flipper and the blade pops out quick-as-a-wink. The blade is a hair under 2" long and fully legal in all 50 states.
$61.95

Spider Bite Rescue Folder

#404594
A dramatically portrayed arachnid descends from its web toward...that's for you to decide! This EDC folder is a striking way to put a bite in your day. This spring assisted folder features a half serrated edge, glass breaker and seatbelt cutter. Liner lock with removable belt/pocket clip.

$12.95

Dark Breeze Rainbow Folder

#404593
This spring assisted fantasy pocket knife has a blade that resembles a dragon's face if you use your imagination, and the wavy contours in the metal scales subtly suggest leathery wings. Liner lock with removable belt/pocket clip.

$16.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Stealth Stiletto

Reading the specs of this knife didn't prepare me for how large it is once you get into your hand. This is a BIG, well balanced knife. I can fit two hand and the handle. The stiletto blade is sturdy and attractive, but rather dull. The guards are functional, but serrations on the flipper spur could be sharper to give a more sure opening. The black finish is attractive and the grip is secure, if a little uncomfortable. I'm very satisfied with this purchase. The stealth stiletto is a great addition to my collection.
Reviewed by: Charles, February 08, 2022