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 solid lock back folder features a satin finish drop point blade with contoured linen Micarta scales. Includes lanyard hole, thumb stud and pocket clip.
This assisted opening talon blade has a stone wash finish with reaper on each side of the cast aluminum scales.
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.
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.
This assisted-opening knife with ASAP Technology has a 420HC steel blade and a steel reinforced, injection molded handle. Made in the USA, it features a mid-lock design and rotating blade safety. Closed length: 4-1/4 inches
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 inches.
Top Customer Reviews
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: 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