Hinge Helpers: The 4 Best Assisted Opening Knives Under $50

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* Fast-action opening
* Rugged, durable and reliable
* Ideal for campers, hikers, hunters, anglers and more

After your keys, wallet, and phone, the next most important everyday carry essential to have on hand is a knife on which you can rely for a wide range of reasons. We’re in the midst of a knife renaissance where there are seemingly just as many different types of knives as there are types of men. That’s brought with it an array of assisted opening knives. You know, the ones that are a little easier to open but not so easy they’re illegal? Here are 4 of our favorite models of the moment.

1. Kershaw Clash Black Serrated Pocket Knife

This Kershaw knife is designed with a 3.1-inch stainless steel blade and a black-oxide finish for superior toughness and edge retention, so it stays sharp. The textured glass-filled nylon handle won’t slip from your grip and the drop-point, partially serrated blade means you’ll have no problem cutting, opening, and tearing into those everyday obstacles like boxes, rope, and wire. This is a great option for hikers, hunters, gardeners, anglers, mechanics and more.

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2. Smith & Wesson 7.5in Stainless Steel Assisted Opening Knife

Smith & Wesson designed this knife to be (almost) just as powerful as their iconic firearms. With this option, you get a 3.2-inch blade in a lightweight, ultra-durable design that features ambidextrous thumb knobs. These thoughtful details make it fast and easy to open no matter which hand you’re using.

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3. SOG Folding Knife

This just may be the perfect outdoors pocket knife. It boasts one of the fastest spring assisted opening systems, making one-handed opening a breeze. That’s essential when you need to quickly cut that fish off a line or protect yourself in the woods. The knife handle is made of nearly indestructible glass-reinforced nylon, while the black titanium nitride coating helps this knife look as tough as it is.

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4. TAC Force Tactical Folding Knife

One look at this TAC Force knife and you know it means business. But upon closer inspection, you’ll see that it has no serrations or saw notches on the back of the blade. This is a good thing if you want to apply extra pressure but don’t want to cut your hands up in the process. It has a spring action quick flip open system, feels great and the hand, and is designed to last. Handy in the heart of the city or in the isolation of the countryside.

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