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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.

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Eagle Folder

#404195
This assisted opening, liner lock folding knife from Tac Force has wood scales and an eagle etch on one side and black pocket clip.
$8.95

Black Rescue Knife

#404192
The Black Rescue folding knife by MTech is designed for the urban situations where survival and rescue are paramount.
$9.95

Purple Fantasy Folder

#404155
The blend of vogue and utility, the Purple Fantasy Folder is for people who would not compromise on either.
$11.95

MTech Rescue Folding Knife

#404145
The ultimate urban survival and rescue knife by MTech, the Rescue Folder packs all the utility tools you will need.
$14.95

Gold Rush

#404154
Stand out in the crowd and feel the Gold Rush, from this folding blade knife by MTech.
$11.95

Proud American

#404142
Feel the patriot within you with this MTech Xtreme Don't Tread On Me folding knife.
$11.95

Don’t Tread On Me

#404143
Feel the patriot within you with this MTech Xtreme Don't Tread On Me folding knife.
$11.95

Alien Folder

#403913
This Alien Folder by Tac-Force features fast assisted opening with a liner lock. Handle incorporates a glass breaker and bottle opener. Includes pocket clip.
$11.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Roper Outlaw Assisted Opening Knife

sharp, compact
Reviewed by: Mikhail, August 03, 2020

Review of: Kershaw Grinder Folding Pocket Knife

Someone stole my Kershaw assisted opening knife years ago & this is the replacement.  Great knife.  You can't beat the quality.
Reviewed by: Michael, June 17, 2020

Review of: Cobra Steel Iris Leaf

I can't say enough good things about this knife. Its lines are sleek and clean. The profile is nice and slim but because of the high quality of the G-10 scales it never feels flimsy. Mine arrived with a very slight amount of side to side play but a quick tightening of the pivot pin with a Torx wrench and the lockup was absolutely rock solid. The D2 blade is so much tougher than the 440C you usually find on knives in this price range. While showing it off to a buddy, it was knocked out of my hand and fell tip first onto the concrete floor. The point was slightly blunted (a few minutes on a diamond hone and it was back to new) and the lockup was completely unaffected. I have been nothing but impressed with the way this thing looks, carries, handles and cuts. I'm already thinking about purchasing a spare. Highly recommended!
Reviewed by: Charles, April 10, 2020

Review of: Kershaw Scallion Folding Knife

I have carried the Scallion in my pocket every single day since 2006. I use it for everything from cutting open boxes, to eating needs, and I even use it for anxiety relief (like a fidget spinner). It has never failed.  I am on my third one now. The first, just as you see in the picture, was dropped into a shipping container and shipped to  Taiwan. The second, had a serrated back half of the blade. I still have it, but the belt clip screws came loose and the spring assist started to fail after years of use. My third now has a bent tip and a weak spring assist. I swear by this knife,  I write this review because it’s a great product, but I didn’t pay $82.9’7 for all three, and I fail to see why this costs that much.
Reviewed by: Nicholas, February 19, 2020

Review of: Cobra Steel Iris Leaf

Very nice knife.  I thought the original price was a bit high but the sale price is right on and at that price I might just get the matching drop point.
Reviewed by: Brad, August 31, 2019

Review of: MTech Evolution Folding Knife

Well made, nice looking.
Strong clip keeps it from falling from my pocket.
Stays low in my pocket.
A nice knife to carry.
Reviewed by: Eric, February 08, 2019

Review of: MTech Clipper Pocket Knife

Sheepsfoot type mostly-straight blade is easy to sharpen. Modern design looks great. Ball bearing hinge is so smooth you don't need assisted opening. The handle is sized just right for adult hands, not too short or too bulky, and with a confident grip. Construction looks solid and I have high hopes that it will last. Thanks for carrying such a quality product at very accessible price.
Reviewed by: Sean, November 11, 2018

Review of: Cobra Steel Iris Leaf

Excellent knife - looks good, great construction, opens easily and positively.
Reviewed by: Jim, November 06, 2018

Review of: Cobra Steel Iris Leaf

Great pocket knife for everyday use. Ships sharp and the edge is durable, I use it often and haven't had to sharpen it yet.
Reviewed by: Jerry, October 15, 2018