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...
  • 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...
  • Boker Plus OTF Pen Knife with Full Auto Blade

    Boker USA Inc

    Boker Plus OTF Pen Knife with Full Auto Blade

    # 404650

    Sign your name and cut a deal! This fully functional ink pen contains a very convenient knife blade – perfect for opening packages, or tackling any small cutting chores. Just twist the handle to reveal the pen point, or push up on the clip to extend the...

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