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

  • Kershaw Scallion Folding Knife

    Kershaw Knives

    Kershaw Scallion Folding Knife

    # 404322

    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...
  • Kershaw Flitch Pocket Knife

    Kershaw Knives

    Kershaw Flitch Pocket Knife

    # 404387

    With its' modified drop-point 8Cr13MoV stonewashed stainless steel blade, top swedge and strong finger contouring, the Flitch offers a tactical look at a value price that could make this Kershaw your new favorite every day carry knife.  With its'...
  • Industrial Folder


    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.  High grade stainless steel scales and liners make this MTech Industrial Folding knife doubly strong and sturdy. One...
  • Purple Dragon Strike Rescue Folder

    Tac Force

    Purple Dragon Strike Rescue Folder

    # 403652

    This multi tool stainless steel folder by Tac Force is an assisted opening knife with aluminium scales. Features a seat belt cutter and a glass breaker. Includes pocket clip. Overall 6 inches.  The ladies couldn't put this one down. There's more...
  • Tactical Folder

    Rite Edge

    Tactical Folder

    # 403956

    This tactical folder is a great all-around knife with a spear-pointed, 440 stainless steel tanto blade. The assisted opening brings the blade out in a flash. G-10 scales, liner lock includes a pocket clip and lanyard.  This tactical folder is a...
  • CRKT Xan™ Framelock

    Columbia River Knife & Tool

    CRKT Xan™ Framelock

    # 404715

    Designed by a special ops veteran, the Xan™ (z-ann) tactically-inspired everyday carry folding knife is your pocket-sized security system. Featuring a spring-assisted, high-carbon stainless steel clip point blade.  Protect with purpose. Designed by...
  • CRKT Facet™ Framelock

    Columbia River Knife & Tool

    CRKT Facet™ Framelock

    # 404733

    Streamlined and straightforward, the Facet™ finds a home in the modern era of simplicity. A timeless everyday carry, this knife offers unassuming versatility and durability with a grooveless grip design and a straight sheepsfoot blade. Enhanced with...
  • Cattleman Scythe Folder

    Cattlemans Cutlery

    Cattleman Scythe Folder

    # 404575

    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.  This handy EDC folder...

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