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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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Buck Quickfire Assisted Opening Folding Knife

#404327
This assisted-opening knife with ASAP Technology has a 420HC steel blade and a steel reinforced, injection molded handle. Made in the USA, it features a mid-lock design and rotating blade safety. Closed length: 4-1/4 inches
$49.95

Defender Xtreme Tactical Folder Assisted Opening Pocket Knife

#404388
This assisted opening Defender Xtreme Tactical folding knife is 440 stainless steel with aluminum scales. Features a partially serrated blade with liner lock, bottle opener, removable flashlight, removable fire starter rod, seat belt cutter and glass breaker.
$11.95

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.
$17.95

Folding Cleaver Knife

#601053
This folding cleaver knife feels substantial in the hand. Features a gun metal finish on the stainless steel blade, frame and scale.
$11.95

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.
$29.95

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.
$28.95

MTech Evolution Folding Knife

#404425
This solid lock back folder features a satin finish drop point blade with contoured linen Micarta scales. Includes lanyard hole, thumb stud and pocket clip.
$24.95

Reaper Scythe Assisted Opening Knife

#404373
This assisted opening talon blade has a stone wash finish with reaper on each side of the cast aluminum scales.
$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