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.
Handsomely proportioned for pocket or belt/external carry, this Wartech knife has a wear resistant 3CR13 stainless steel blade and a heavy-duty frame lock design. The handle is grooved to help provide a better grip.
This assisted opening liner lock is wear resistant 3CR13 stainless steel with a tanto point blade. Features ambidextrous thumb studs and a removable pocket/belt clip, this pocket knife is entirely stonewashed for a non-reflective finish.
Strong and beautiful! The rainbow blade of this pocket knife is wear-resistant 3CR13 stainless steel. This assisted opening, liner lock knife has a glass breaker and seatbelt cutter with ambidextrous thumb studs and a removable pocket/belt clip.
This assisted opening frame lock pocket knife is stonewashed with a raised half skull on an abstract American flag on the grip. The wear-resistant 3CR13 stainless steel blade is cleaver shaped. Ambidextrous thumb studs and removable pocket/belt clip.
This assisted opening ring folder has a modified 3CR13 stainless steel tanto blade and Karambit style handle with a finger ring. Features frame lock construction with ambidextrous thumb studs, integral flipper, and removable pocket/belt clip.
This assisted opening liner lock is a great EDC companion with its stout blade.
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 liner lock pocket knife features a ball bearing pivot system, D2 satin finished blade with serrations and an attractive zebra wood handle.
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