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 knife sports a stonewashed finish, 420HC stainless steel blade and a matte-finished glass-filled nylon handle. Features a SpeedSafe® assisted opening, flipper, and a reversible pocketclip. Open length 7.6 inches. Made in the USA.
The Grinder offers a blade is made of 4Cr13MoV steel with a glass-filled nylon handle. Features SpeedSafe® assisted opening, flipper, liner lock and a reversible pocket clip.
This MTech folding knife has high grade stainless steel scales and liners. Frame lock includes pocket clip. Overall 8-1/4 inches.
This assisted opening knife has fine lines etched on its stainless steel blade. Features a glass breaker and seat belt cutter. Strong liner lock, includes pocket clip. Overall 8-1/8 inches.
This razor sharp drop point folding pocket knife from Cobra Steel is a tactical D2 tool steel EDC. The Iris Leaf design was inspired by Japanese katana and tanto blades. Includes matching satin finished pocket clip.
The razor sharp, tactical, D2 tool steel satin finished folding blade has laser etchings and is hardened to a 59 RC. G-10 scales with Cobra Steel patterns. Includes pocket clip.
This assisted opening folding knife has the American Flag and "We the People" etched into the clip point blade. Includes a removable pocket clip.
This assisted opening folding knife has a Tanto blade with deep blue finish and aluminum scales.
Top Customer Reviews
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