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

  • Stinger Assisted Opening Folder

    American Buffalo Knife and Tool

    Stinger Assisted Opening Folder

    # 404461

    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 awesome little liner lock folder from ABKT makes everyday tasks a...
  • CRKT Flat Out™ Folder

    Columbia River Knife & Tool

    CRKT Flat Out™ Folder

    # 404729

    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™...
  • CRKT Facet™ Framelock

    Columbia River Knife & Tool

    CRKT Facet™ Framelock

    # 404733

    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...
  • MTech Clipper Pocket Knife


    MTech Clipper Pocket Knife

    # 404427

    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.  The Clipper is an industrial looking knife that stands out for its...
  • MTech Blue Wave Folder Pocket Knife


    MTech Blue Wave Folder Pocket Knife

    # 404426

    This blue stainless steel pocket knife has a ball bearing pivot for smooth deployment. Includes blued, matching pocket clip.  This stunning frame lock folder has blued stainless steel frame with G-10 scale and ball bearing pivot for smooth...
  • Stealth Stiletto

    Tac Force

    Stealth Stiletto

    # 404591

    The all black finish on this classic stiletto may be stealthy, but the size sure gets attention! This "rib tickler" is over a foot long when fully open, an impressive sight guaranteed to shock your pupils. Liner lock.  The all-black finish on this...
  • Spider Bite Rescue Folder

    Tac Force

    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...
  • Midnight Ops Tanto

    Tac Force

    Midnight Ops Tanto

    # 404292

    This assisted opening folding knife has a Tanto blade with deep blue finish and aluminum scales.  This Tac Force Midnight Ops knife has a tanto blade with assisted opening. Pocket clip has skull medallion. Deep blue blade finish and aluminum scales...

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