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

  • Rite Edge Dragon Eye Folding Knife

    Rite Edge

    Rite Edge Dragon Eye Folding Knife

    # 404746

    The power of a dragon, condensed to fit in your hand! This all black, assisted opening folder is a deadly threat to everyday cutting needs. The aluminum handle makes the knife light and is highly detailed with scales and other dragon-like surfaces. And...
  • Rite Edge American Flag Pocket Knife/Money Clip

    Rite Edge

    American Flag Money Clip Knife

    # 404758

    Spring assisted folder doubles as a money clip, or use the wide clip to wear it on your belt, waistband or pocket’s edge. American flag handle.   Conveniently keep Old Glory with you as a reminder of the sacrifices made by our fighting men...
  • Police Rescue Knife

    Tac Force

    Police Rescue Knife

    # 403624

    This urban rescue knife features a stainless steel blade with fast assisted opening mechanism, glass breaker end and belt cutter.  This Police Rescue Knife offers good looks, comfort and performance fit for the Boys in Blue. Liner lock and a fast...
  • Dark Breeze Rainbow Folder

    Tac Force

    Dark Breeze Rainbow Folder

    # 404593

    This spring assisted fantasy pocket knife has a blade that resembles a dragon's face if you use your imagination, and the wavy contours in the metal scales subtly suggest leathery wings. Liner lock with removable belt/pocket clip.  This fantasy...
  • 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 Fantasy Folder


    Purple Fantasy Folder

    # 404155

    The blend of vogue and utility, the Purple Fantasy Folder is for people who would not compromise on either.  This assisted opening frame lock folder has out-of-this world good looks! The 440 stainless steel blade is anodized to a bold, eye catching...
  • 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...
  • Proud American


    Proud American

    # 404142

    Feel the patriot within you with this MTech Xtreme Don't Tread On Me folding knife.  This assisted opening Proud American Folder from MTech Xtreme has a stone wash finish, stainless steel blade. The frame lock blade has the words “Proud American",...

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