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.
This spring-assisted opening pocket knife has a fast and easy opening. The 8CR13MOV stainless steel blade has an integral flipper on the tang and ambidextrous thumb studs, so you can open it with your thumb or forefinger.
Inspired by the classic Italian stilettos, the handy, 440 stainless steel blade on this beauty is a short and sweet 3-3/4" long. Features spring-assisted opening for ease and speed.
This spring-assisted opening karambit has a 440A stainless steel blade and an integral flipper tang for easy one-handed opening.
This assisted opening pocket knife has a 440A stainless steel blade that is partially coated, creating a striking two-tone finish. The blade has an integral flipper extension for easy one-handed opening.
Handsomely proportioned for pocket or belt/external carry, this Wartech knife has a wear resistant 3CR13 stainless steel blade and a heavy-duty frame lock design. The handle is grooved to help provide a better grip.
This assisted opening liner lock is wear resistant 3CR13 stainless steel with a tanto point blade. Features ambidextrous thumb studs and a removable pocket/belt clip, this pocket knife is entirely stonewashed for a non-reflective finish.
Strong and beautiful! The rainbow blade of this pocket knife is wear-resistant 3CR13 stainless steel. This assisted opening, liner lock knife has a glass breaker and seatbelt cutter with ambidextrous thumb studs and a removable pocket/belt clip.
This assisted opening frame lock pocket knife is stonewashed with a raised half skull on an abstract American flag on the grip. The wear-resistant 3CR13 stainless steel blade is cleaver shaped. Ambidextrous thumb studs and removable pocket/belt clip.
Top Customer Reviews
Review of: Buckshot Folder
Unique blade shape, feel great in hand, carry it often
Reviewed by: Robert, October 01, 2021
Review of: Folding Cleaver Knife
Love the cleaver knife, always wanted 1, but where always overpriced. And not of this quality
Reviewed by: Aaron, July 13, 2021
Review of: Roper Outlaw Assisted Opening Knife
If you have only one knife clipped to your pocket, yet you must deal with rope, burlap, paper, cardboard, plastic and perhaps an apple, and it cannot be so big or too specialized or scary to others, then this classic, handsome piece is for you. Traditional, yet elegant zebra wood handle scales, smooth lever flip open, and a discrete lanyard hole, along with an easy to clean open interior complete the picture. The partial serrations on the D-2 steel blade offer needed options. A find!
Reviewed by: Janice, November 07, 2020
Review of: MTech Clipper Pocket Knife
Sheepsfoot type mostly-straight blade is easy to sharpen. Modern design looks great. Ball bearing hinge is so smooth you don't need assisted opening. The handle is sized just right for adult hands, not too short or too bulky, and with a confident grip. Construction looks solid and I have high hopes that it will last. Thanks for carrying such a quality product at very accessible price.
Reviewed by: Sean, November 11, 2018