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.
This liner lock pocket knife features a ball bearing pivot system, D2 satin finished blade with serrations and an attractive zebra wood handle.
These razor- sharp, tactical, D2 tool steel satin finished folding blades have laser etchings and are hardened to a 59 RC. Each of them includes a pocket clip. This set includes each premium Cobra Steel folder at a bundled price, individually packaged.
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.
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.
This blue stainless steel pocket knife has a ball bearing pivot for smooth deployment. Includes blued, matching pocket clip.
This folding cleaver knife feels substantial in the hand. Features a gun metal finish on the stainless steel blade, frame and scale.
This assisted opening knife from Tac Force has an embossed skull on the one side of the stainless steel handle.
This knife has fast spring assisted action, matte black aluminum handles and a 8Cr13MoV stainless steel blade with a grey titanium finish. Sized perfectly for pocket carry, it is just small enough to carry unnoticed, but big on performance.
Top Customer Reviews
Review of: Stealth Stiletto
Reading the specs of this knife didn't prepare me for how large it is once you get into your hand. This is a BIG, well balanced knife. I can fit two hand and the handle. The stiletto blade is sturdy and attractive, but rather dull. The guards are functional, but serrations on the flipper spur could be sharper to give a more sure opening. The black finish is attractive and the grip is secure, if a little uncomfortable. I'm very satisfied with this purchase. The stealth stiletto is a great addition to my collection.
Reviewed by: Charles, February 08, 2022