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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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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.
$8.95

Black Rescue Knife

#404192
The Black Rescue folding knife by MTech is designed for the urban situations where survival and rescue are paramount.
$9.95

Dragon Fang Blue

#403628
A perfect blend of fantasy and function, the Dragon Fang Blue single edge dagger style folder feature a fast assisted opening blade and a glass breaker end.
$8.95

We The People Knife

#404289
This assisted opening folding knife has the American Flag and "We the People" etched into the clip point blade. Includes a removable pocket clip.
$12.95

Midnight Ops Folder

#404377
This assisted opening knife from Tac Force has an embossed skull on the one side of the stainless steel handle.
$14.95

Midnight Ops Tanto

#404292
This assisted opening folding knife has a Tanto blade with deep blue finish and aluminum scales.
$12.95

Feather Folder

#404303
This assisted opening knife has fine lines etched on its stainless steel blade. Features a glass breaker and seat belt cutter. Strong liner lock, includes pocket clip. Overall 8-1/8 inches.
$9.95

Industrial Folder

#404304
This MTech folding knife has high grade stainless steel scales and liners. Frame lock includes pocket clip. Overall 8-1/4 inches.
$9.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Cobra Steel Iris Leaf

Very nice knife.  I thought the original price was a bit high but the sale price is right on and at that price I might just get the matching drop point.
Reviewed by: Brad, August 31, 2019

Review of: Buck Quickfire Assisted Opening Folding Knife

Well made, useful and an excellent weapon and tool.
Reviewed by: Patrick, February 11, 2019

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 Rescue Folding Knife

Looked Good and got here on time.
Reviewed by: James, January 26, 2019

Review of: Silver Stiletto Style Knife

Good product, made well and priced very fair! I am satisfied with this purchase!
Reviewed by: Stu, December 08, 2018

Review of: Purple Fantasy Folder

I purchased this knife for my girlfriend to match my own. Mine is silver and black, her favorite color is purple... So I was very pleased... As was she. Great knife, great spring assist action and great price.
Reviewed by: RONNIE, November 26, 2018

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

Review of: Cobra Steel Iris Leaf

Excellent knife - looks good, great construction, opens easily and positively.
Reviewed by: Jim, November 06, 2018

Review of: Cobra Steel Sweeping Drop Point

I read some reviews of this knife. It seems people have unrealistic personal views of what makes a good edc. I have very many folders and can tell you that this knife is my absolute favorite. I am an ex sog operative from team 86 Vietnam 1969. This knife is way beyond the curve of what makes the perfect edc folder. I have cold steel, benchmade, boker, and every other high end production folders. This knife has no flaws, no bad manners, and is the most capable folder I own, with regards to price, quality, and usefulness. If you are looking for a four inch folder that is ultimately comfortable, and surely capable as a defensive weapon, I never feel underarmed, or underknifed with this Cobra beauty. Keep up the good work and sell a zillion of these perfect pocket knives. I am tempted to buy me a second one for good measure. Five stars and more.
Reviewed by: Ronald, October 20, 2018

Review of: Cobra Steel Iris Leaf

Great pocket knife for everyday use. Ships sharp and the edge is durable, I use it often and haven't had to sharpen it yet.
Reviewed by: Jerry, October 15, 2018