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Old 02-07-2013, 10:26 AM   #4246
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I'd like more information on the assisted opening knives. Anyone have more feedback on them?

While Google-ing around I found this little gem too.



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Old 02-07-2013, 12:37 PM   #4247
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More poking, more candidates.

Currently strongly contemplating this one.

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Old 02-07-2013, 12:54 PM   #4248
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That was my EDC and absolute favorite until I lost it while on a moto trip in eastern Oregon. How much did you find it for?
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:57 PM   #4249
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that was my edc and absolute favorite until i lost it while on a moto trip in eastern oregon. How much did you find it for?
$84.00
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:24 PM   #4250
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I'd like more information on the assisted opening knives. Anyone have more feedback on them?
I've got an observation on the assisted opening knives that I'd like to offer. I have a Kershaw and Benchmade. I like the size of the Benchmade better as it's a little larger and fits my hand better, but the way the Kershaw opens is much better. The Benchmade has the assist when the knife is first being opened. While the Kershaw starts to assist about half way through the opening. I've found with the Benchmade that unless I'm real careful and give it just the right amount of flick. The blade doesn't complete the opening. Basically I've given up with the assist and swing it open with the stud. The Kershaw is the exact opposite. I give it a little start and pop it's open.

I'm of the opinion now that the assisted opening knives are a gimmick. Others might disagree and that's fine. For me the requirements are simply to get the knife with one hand, often while sitting down, and open it with that hand. If you really need the assist I would try to look and see if you don't find similar issues with the assisted knives that help during the first portion as I have.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:55 PM   #4251
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I'm glad to hear that because I bought the Benchmade 553bk this afternoon. Now I just have to wait.

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I've got an observation on the assisted opening knives that I'd like to offer. I have a Kershaw and Benchmade. I like the size of the Benchmade better as it's a little larger and fits my hand better, but the way the Kershaw opens is much better. The Benchmade has the assist when the knife is first being opened. While the Kershaw starts to assist about half way through the opening. I've found with the Benchmade that unless I'm real careful and give it just the right amount of flick. The blade doesn't complete the opening. Basically I've given up with the assist and swing it open with the stud. The Kershaw is the exact opposite. I give it a little start and pop it's open.

I'm of the opinion now that the assisted opening knives are a gimmick. Others might disagree and that's fine. For me the requirements are simply to get the knife with one hand, often while sitting down, and open it with that hand. If you really need the assist I would try to look and see if you don't find similar issues with the assisted knives that help during the first portion as I have.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:12 PM   #4252
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I'm glad to hear that because I bought the Benchmade 553bk this afternoon. Now I just have to wait.
I'm not a fan of the American Tanto blade shape, but find the Griptilian series to be a great knife; one that can easily be opened and closed with one hand. I'm certainly a fan of the Axis Lock. I think it will meet your desire.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:49 PM   #4253
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Right hand side, below the UDT ,above the KofA and between the Stretch(?) and the Socom, what is that? I've seen them before but I am blanking.

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It is a folding push dagger called the "Citizen" by C.A.S. Iberia. Paul Chen was credited for the design but clearly it was inspired by Ray Appleton's work. It has a 440C blade and damascus onlays.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:56 PM   #4254
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I'm of the opinion now that the assisted opening knives are a gimmick. Others might disagree and that's fine. For me the requirements are simply to get the knife with one hand, often while sitting down, and open it with that hand. If you really need the assist I would try to look and see if you don't find similar issues with the assisted knives that help during the first portion as I have.
I agree. Assisted Opening is sort of fun and cool (nothing wrong with that), but are folding knives really that hard and slow to open that "assistance" is required?
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:10 PM   #4255
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So, I have been scanning the internet searching for a new, better, friendlier knife.

In so doing I stumbled across a breed of knife known as assisted opening. This caught my eye. It seems to solve the problem of opening the blade easily with one hand. Now, if one could couple such a feature with the ability to get the knife out of one's pocket with reasonable ease, I think we may have something that could rival my Victorinox in extracting loyalty.

So I put the question to my ADV brethren: What, in your opinion, is a good knife that solves my concerns? Are these assisted opening knives a good investment? I should add some criteria to help focus your recommendations. My desired price is around $50. I would contemplate going as high as $80, but such a knife would have to really catch my fancy. I'd like something that fits nicely in the hand (and I don't have overly large hands) but is not too bulky in the pocket. My Gerber has a blade length of 3.5 inches and that seems nice. I also shy away from knives that are too thick, as they too have too much "pocket presence", as it were.

I thank you in advance for your assistance.

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Kershaw Ken Onion Blur gets my vote. I've tried carrying a variety of cheapies for years, nothing worked out or felt right. Got this one for myself for Xmas and it's been in my pocket every day since. Clips in well, doesn't really get in the way, opens well, cuts well, not many complaints. I got mine for $35 with Amazon's promo, they hover around $50 normally. Many blade configurations (I have the serrated tanto), nice grippy handle, no big complaints. Worth the coin.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:19 PM   #4256
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I agree. Assisted Opening is sort of fun and cool (nothing wrong with that), but are folding knives really that hard and slow to open that "assistance" is required?
I'll "third" that. Although not a deal breaker, I prefer my folders without assisted opening. Its OK with a flipper (Kershaw PackRat is cool) but with just a stud, I find my thumb too often sitting on the blade edge.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:23 PM   #4257
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I'd like more information on the assisted opening knives. Anyone have more feedback on them?

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I have the CRKT M-16 and a Gerber Paraframe. Here they are with two of my Swiss Army knives...



The Paraframe can be difficult to open and I have lubricated the action in the past with graphic powder when I knew I would be carrying it in work pants for a while.

The CRKT is a far easier (read: quicker) opening knife. You can snap it open almost as quickly as a full on switchblade and once open, it's double-locked.

Note that closing requires a little practice and I do so cautiously. It is a great knife and I would recommend it.

The Gerber's not a bad knife per se as long as you realize the design will never lend itself to lightening quick opening.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:42 PM   #4258
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My higonokami that lives in my pocket. I have had and made many knives over the years but something about this simple, functional and very sharp knife just really appeals to me.

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Old 02-07-2013, 08:28 PM   #4259
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No assist needed.
JUST CLICK THE PIC.

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:15 PM   #4260
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Can you close it with one hand, too?
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