Here are the Best Assisted-Open Pocket Knives all in one place. All 2 dozen of them. Different knife manufacturers make knives that are easy to open. Once you start to open one of the assisted-open knives, it takes it the rest of the way. These are not switch-blades. These are much safer and easier to use. The best feature is, you only need one hand to operate them. The mechanism that Kershaw uses their own “Speedsafe” system.
Here are my 2 favorites. One by Kershaw, and the other one by Kutmaster….
Case Knives, now owned by Zippo, has an interesting knife museum in Bradford
Pennsylvania. The museum has samples of the early knives and the stories behind them. My nephew, Tim Pike accompanied me since he has been a knife fan for years. His grandfather, Thomas Pike, used to have Fort Tuscarora on Route 172 in Lisbon Ohio. History, guns, and knives runs in the family.
My quest for the best pocket knife was easy at the Zippo/Case Museum, because of the abundance of knives there. This place is open to the public, and I highly recommend it to knife collectors. These pictures were taken in 2006, so things might have changed since then. According to their website, the place is open 7 days a week, and boasts of 100,000 visitors per year, from all over the world.
The Kutmaster Compact Rescue Knife 95-1832L is small enough to keep clipped to the edge of your pocket. It’s only 3 1/2″ closed, so you don’t have to think twice about keeping it on yourself. The eye-catching tanto blade makes this knife special looking. It has a glass-breaking tip and a razor sharp cutter for removing seat belts in a hurry.
The Starline Elemental Survival/Rescue Knife is much larger, so it is best suited for your car, or in your camping gear. This special knife also has a built-in flashlight, magnet, and fire starter.
CRKT employs some dedicated knife designers from around the world. That is why they are competing with Kershaw and Kutmaster (Utica) for some great pocket knife designs. Those two companies have been around much longer, and have strong reputations in the knife industry.
I found the best rescue pocket knives on display in Cleveland Ohio last week. Gordon Blake, of Big River Marketing is showing us the Heavy Duty Rescue Knife (with yellow bolster). In his other hand is the “Ball Bearing Assisted Opening Professional Grade Rescue Knife”. It opens with a breeze, using only one hand. Both knives are made by Utica Cutlery Company (the Kutmaster line).
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