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

  • Eagle Folder

    Tac Force

    Eagle Folder

    # 404195

    This assisted opening, liner lock folding knife from Tac Force has wood scales and an eagle etch on one side and black pocket clip.  This assisted opening folding knife from Tac-Force has hand rubbed hardwood scales with an eagle etched on one side...
  • Alien Folder

    Tac Force

    Alien Folder

    # 403913

    This Alien Folder by Tac-Force features fast assisted opening with a liner lock. Handle incorporates a glass breaker and bottle opener. Includes pocket clip.  Tac-Force knives feature super-fast assisted opening with a liner lock. This Alien Folder...
  • Dragon Tanto Folder

    Master Cutlery

    Dragon Tanto Folder

    # 404590

    This knife features a classic dragon and a classic blade, as well as modern elements like a spring-assisted opening, a stainless steel blade, and a finger flipper for one-hand opening.  Classic dragon, classic blade, but with modern features like...
  • Dragon Claw Folder


    Dragon Claw Folder

    # 404588

    One of our favorite MTech Xtreme designs from years ago has returned with a striking new two-toned handle. This assisted opening knife has one of the most stunning blade designs we've ever seen, with multiple bevels and visible grind lines to stun and...
  • ABKT Stealth Folder

    American Buffalo Knife and Tool

    ABKT Stealth Folder

    # 404416

    This knife has fast spring assisted action, matte black aluminum handles and a 8Cr13MoV stainless steel blade with a grey titanium finish. Sized perfectly for pocket carry, it is just small enough to carry unnoticed, but big on performance.  This...
  • Don’t Tread On Me


    Don’t Tread On Me

    # 404143

    Feel the patriot within you with this MTech Xtreme Don't Tread On Me folding knife.  This assisted opening Don’t Tread On Me Folder from MTech Xtreme has a stone wash finish, stainless steel blade. The frame lock blade has the words “Don’t Tread On...
  • Desert Digital Karambit

    Tac Force

    Desert Digital Karambit

    # 403586

    This karambit is built for tactical function and it features an assisted opening blade for super fast deployment in the field.  Tac-Force knives: We all could use a little tactical assistance through the day. Whether it’s that pesky box tape or self...
  • Roper Outlaw Assisted Opening Knife

    Roper Knives

    Roper Outlaw Assisted Opening Knife

    # 404458

    This liner lock pocket knife features a ball bearing pivot system, D2 satin finished blade with serrations and an attractive zebra wood handle.  Ready to saw through just about anything, the Roper Outlaw is perfect for any hunter, rancher, farmer,...

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