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

  • 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...
    $96.95
  • Boker Plus OTF "USB" Pocket Knife Black

    Boker USA Inc

    Boker Plus OTF "USB" Pocket Knife Black

    # 404653

    It looks like a USB stick, but slide the thumb rest forward and the spring-loaded blade pops out the front of the handle and securely stays there. Made in the USA.  It looks like a USB stick, but slide the thumb rest forward and the spring-loaded...
    $72.95
  • Boker Plus OTF "USB" Pocket Knife  Grey & Green

    Boker USA Inc

    Boker Plus OTF "USB" Pocket Knife Grey & Green

    # 404654

    It looks like a USB stick, but slide the thumb rest forward and the spring-loaded blade pops out the front of the handle and securely stays there. Made in the USA.  It looks like a USB stick, but slide the thumb rest forward and the spring-loaded...
    $72.95
  • Boker Magnum Alpha Kilo

    Boker USA Inc

    Boker Magnum Alpha Kilo

    # 404564

    This spring-assisted opening karambit has a 440A stainless steel blade and an integral flipper tang for easy one-handed opening.  This knife from Boker Magnum is a stout folding Karambit, great for self-defense or your collection of unique knives...
    $25.95
  • Set of 2 Cobra Steel folders

    Windlass Cobra Steel

    Set of 2 Cobra Steel folders

    # 404308

    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...
    $99.95
    $69.95

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