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 assisted opening liner lock is a great EDC companion with its stout blade.
The Shogun mask print on one side of this Asian inspired EDC assisted opening knife is handsome and demonic at the same time.
This little pocket knife has a 8CR13MOV stonewashed stainless steel blade, black G-10 scales and ball bearing pivot system for smooth opening and closing. Includes pocket clip.
This liner lock pocket knife features a ball bearing pivot system, D2 satin finished blade with serrations and an attractive zebra wood handle.
These razor- sharp, tactical, D2 tool steel satin finished folding blades have laser etchings and are hardened to a 59 RC. Each of them includes a pocket clip. This set includes each premium Cobra Steel folder at a bundled price, individually packaged.
This blacked out, liner lock folder is 8CR13Mov stainless steel with baked on coating for night ops. Features the latest ball bearing pivot system for smooth opening every time.
This industrial looking knife has a ball bearing deployment system, G-10 scales, stone washed stainless steel handle and 8CR13Mov stainless steel blade with two tone finish.
This blue stainless steel pocket knife has a ball bearing pivot for smooth deployment. Includes blued, matching pocket clip.
Top Customer Reviews
Review of: Kershaw Scallion Folding Knife
I have carried the Scallion in my pocket every single day since 2006. I use it for everything from cutting open boxes, to eating needs, and I even use it for anxiety relief (like a fidget spinner). It has never failed. I am on my third one now. The first, just as you see in the picture, was dropped into a shipping container and shipped to Taiwan. The second, had a serrated back half of the blade. I still have it, but the belt clip screws came loose and the spring assist started to fail after years of use. My third now has a bent tip and a weak spring assist. I swear by this knife, I write this review because it’s a great product, but I didn’t pay $82.9’7 for all three, and I fail to see why this costs that much.
Reviewed by: Nicholas, February 19, 2020
Review of: MTech Evolution Folding Knife
Well made, nice looking.
Strong clip keeps it from falling from my pocket.
Stays low in my pocket.
A nice knife to carry.
Reviewed by: Eric, February 08, 2019
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