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.
Put the kibosh on your everyday small cutting chores with this little assisted opening folder that's just the bomb. The menacing, growling shark-like face decals resemble the art fighter pilots use to festoon their planes' noses.
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.
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.
A handy emergency folding knife designed for emergencies, this liner lock rescue knife has spring assisted opening, a glass breaker, and a seat belt cutter. Contrasting black and orange metal scales make it easy to spot when you need to find this knife NOW.
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 entertain your visual cortex.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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