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 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'...
  • CRKT Flat Out™ Folder

    Columbia River Knife & Tool

    CRKT Flat Out™ Folder

    # 404729

    This thin spear point blade style is balanced by a highly ergonomic and shapely handle. Subtle details like a two-tone satin finish on the blade and bead blast finish on the handle polish the high aesthetic. In motion, though, is where the Flat Out™...
  • 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...
  • MTech Clipper Pocket Knife


    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.  The Clipper is an industrial looking knife that stands out for its...
  • Roper Outlaw Assisted Opening Knife

    Roper Knives

    Roper Outlaw Assisted Opening Knife

    # 404458

    This liner lock pocket knife features a ball bearing pivot system, D2 satin finished blade with serrations and an attractive zebra wood handle.  Ready to saw through just about anything, the Roper Outlaw is perfect for any hunter, rancher, farmer,...

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