An assisted open knife is great for everyday carry (EDC). The assisted opening makes them suitable for random tasks such as cutting open packages, and they are also useful for emergency situations. However, there are lots of factors to consider when choosing an assisted open knife for EDC.
Hundreds of different models are available with varying characteristics, both advantageous and negative depending on your priorities. It can be difficult to choose which one is right for you, but our research will leave you informed and better able to make a decision clearer. Keep reading for our top picks of EDC assisted opening knives.
There can be a lot to consider when you are looking for an EDC knife with assisted opening, and it can be frustrating. How fast and reliable is the spring for opening? How useful is it for the kind of things that come up in day to day life? Equally important for many people is how effective and intimidating the knife is in the event of a self defense situation. You need to ask yourself what kind of quality the knife is, the materials it is made from and how often do you plan to use it? Features should also be considered, as well as the type of blade. Some assisted opening knives include seatbelt cutters and window breakers, while others may be fully or partially serrated. For most consumers, the price is also very important. We’ve only considered the knives that are both safe to carry in your pocket or bag, and have good reviews.
There are a lot of benefits to owing an EDC assisted opening knife. Carrying a knife daily is always surprisingly useful, and it’s a great tool to have in an emergency. While hopefully it never happens, if you need a knife in a self defense situation then an assisted opening knife can literally be the difference between life and death. Those moments of time saved with assisted opening will not only lead help you in normal use of your knife, but might save your life one day.
Kershaw 155TI Cryo SpeedSafe
The Kershaw 155TI Cryo SpeedSafe is a fantastic folding knife. Buyers say that it is perfect for everyday carry and is a very well designed knife. It’s actually designed in collaboration with renowned (but usually very expensive) knife maker Rick Hinderer. A lot of people complemented the deep carry pocket clip, which is adjustable four ways, keeping it comfortable and concealed in your pocket.
Some customers had problems with the knife going dull after regular use, but that is normally for any knife. As any chef or outdoorsman will tell you, the more a knife is used, the more it needs to be sharpened. If you’re using it that much you’re definitely getting your money’s worth. Everyone is happy with the price of this knife, and say that the blade opens quickly and easily.
Alpha Tek has a great spring assisted knife. They claim it has lightning quick deployment and reviews tend to agree. Users love the bottle opener feature, which is a wonderful addition to an every day carry knife. The most common complaint about this knife is that some customers cut themselves due to its sharpness. However, it is advertised as ‘Razor sharp ‘, so we don’t think this is a problem.
Every reviewer, whether negative or positive, all agreed that this knife is sharp, effective and overall one of the best knives they have owned for EDC. This knife looks beautiful, and has a very comfortable handle. People like the ease of use too. For its price and relatively unknown brand name, this is a great knife with fantastic reviews.
TAC Force TF-723
Probably the most sexy looking and multi-purpose assisted opening EDC knife we’ve seen is the TAC Force TF-723. There are no complaints and only praise of the black, half-serrated blade, which is suitable for just about everything that might need cutting. Customers love the one handed, easy deployment of course, and a quality locking mechanism.
One superior feature of this knife is the built in seatbelt cutter and glass breaker, perfect for an emergency. The handle is made from aluminum so it is sturdy and durable. Many first responders, EMTs, firefighters and similar people have mentioned these fantastic features, but even your typical everyday person would find them useful. You never know when an emergency will occur. There are a few concerns about the pocket clip not fitting every pocket, but in general there is nothing but praise for this exceptional knife and its ease of carry.
A spring loaded, assisted open knife is great for everyday carry. Being able to open one handed, as well as the speed of deployment is an excellent feature. When you’re looking to buy one, there is a lot to consider from price to features and quality. The TAC Force TF-723 with the beautiful, half serrated blade is a wonderful choice. The bonus features of an included seatbelt cutter and glass breaker, combined with the very affordable price makes it a top notch choice.
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