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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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CRKT Facet™ Framelock

Streamlined and straightforward, the Facet™ finds a home in the modern era of simplicity. A timeless everyday carry, this knife offers unassuming versatility and durability with a grooveless grip design and a straight sheepsfoot blade. Enhanced with sturdy D2 blade steel, its 3.37” blade smoothly transitions into a sharp point, making it handy for everyday cutting, piercing, and slicing.

CRKT Flat Out™ Folder

This thin spear point blade style is balanced by a highly ergonomic and shapely handle. Subtle details like a two-tone satin finish on the blade and bead blast finish on the handle polish the high aesthetic. In motion, though, is where the Flat Out™ truly shines—open it a mere 30 degrees, and OutBurst® takes over, deploying the blade at shockingly quick speeds. A frame lock keeps it solidly in place.

CRKT Squid™ Assisted Opening Framelock

This everyday carry knife is compact in stature but packs some heat in the features department. It comes with a frame lock for safety and Assisted Opening for super fast deployment. Be careful where you point it.

CRKT Xan™ Framelock

Designed by a special ops veteran, the Xan™ (z-ann) tactically-inspired everyday carry folding knife is your pocket-sized security system. Featuring a spring-assisted, high-carbon stainless steel clip point blade.

Black and Red Beauty

Dramatic red and black liner lock folder that fits comfortably in your hand. The durable plastic scales make this big folder surprisingly light. Razor sharp stainless steel blade with spring assisted opening and integral flipper extension.

Boker Plus OTF "USB" Pocket Knife Grey & Green

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.

Underwater Wonderland Mermaid Folder

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.

Boker Plus OTF "USB" Pocket Knife Black

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.

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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