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.
This knife is made of stonewashed, high-carbon stainless steel blade and a black 6061-T6 anodized aluminum handle scales. Features SpeedSafe® assisted opening, liner lock, flipper, tip-lock slider, and a single-position pocket clip. Open length 5.75 inches.
The Grinder offers a blade is made of 4Cr13MoV steel with a glass-filled nylon handle. Features SpeedSafe® assisted opening, flipper, liner lock and a reversible pocket clip.
This MTech folding knife has high grade stainless steel scales and liners. Frame lock includes pocket clip. Overall 8-1/4 inches.
This razor sharp drop point folding pocket knife from Cobra Steel is a tactical D2 tool steel EDC. The Iris Leaf design was inspired by Japanese katana and tanto blades. Includes matching satin finished pocket clip.
The razor sharp, tactical, D2 tool steel satin finished folding blade has laser etchings and is hardened to a 59 RC. G-10 scales with Cobra Steel patterns. Includes pocket clip.
This assisted opening folding knife has the American Flag and "We the People" etched into the clip point blade. Includes a removable pocket clip.
This assisted opening folding knife has a Tanto blade with deep blue finish and aluminum scales.
This assisted opening, liner lock folding knife from Tac Force has wood scales with an Elk etch on one side and black pocket clip.
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