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

  • AB Elite BB Grunt Pocket Knife

    American Buffalo Knife and Tool

    AB Elite BB Grunt Pocket Knife

    # 404798

    Here’s a short folding knife with a swelled handle designed to comfortably and securely fit in your palm. The upswept blade spine gives you a generous sized thumb rest for maximum control. Assisted opening with ball bearing pivot system...
  • Kershaw Grinder Folding Pocket Knife

    Kershaw Knives

    Kershaw Grinder Folding Pocket Knife

    # 404320

    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.  The Kershaw Grinder is designed to be put to work. The Grinder offers a...
  • CRKT Squidâ„¢ Assisted Opening Framelock

    Columbia River Knife & Tool

    CRKT Squidâ„¢ Assisted Opening Framelock

    # 404722

    This everyday carry knife is compact in stature but packs some heat in the features department. It comes with a frame lock for safety and Assisted Opening for super fast deployment. Be careful where you point it.  This everyday carry knife is...
  • MTech Blue Wave Folder Pocket Knife


    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.  This stunning frame lock folder has blued stainless steel frame with G-10 scale and ball bearing pivot for smooth...
  • Cobra Steel Sweeping Drop Point

    Windlass Cobra Steel

    Cobra Steel Sweeping Drop Point

    # 404278

    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 Sweeping Drop Point folding knife from Cobra Steel is a tactical...
  • Cobra Steel Iris Leaf

    Windlass Cobra Steel

    Cobra Steel Iris Leaf

    # 404277

    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.  This Iris Leaf folding knife...
  • Elite Tactical Night Tac Folding Knife

    Master Cutlery

    Elite Tactical Night Tac Folding Knife

    # 404428

    This blacked out, liner lock folder is 8CR13Mov stainless steel with baked on coating for night ops. Features the latest ball bearing pivot system for smooth opening every time.  From the Elite Tactical line comes this blacked-out, liner lock...

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