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After your keys, wallet, phone and more recently, your face mask, 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. After the past couple of years, we’ve found that just about anything can happen. Therefore, it’s probably best that you keep a spring-assisted knife on your body for any just-in-case moment.
Spring-assisted knives are a classic knife to keep in your pocket. If you’re unfamiliar with spring-assisted knives, they’re some of the best pocket knives that pops open a little easier than your average knife. But, not so easy they’re illegal, you know what we mean?
To make life easier, the majority of the best spring-assisted knives are super tiny, so they can fit on your body without anyone knowing what you’re packing.
We scanned Amazon to find the best spring-assisted knives to consider this year under the $50 price point. See below for our favorites.
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.
2. Grand Way Spring Assisted Knife
The Grand Way Spring Assisted Knife is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon with over 8,000 5-star reviews in total, so you can be sure that it’s a knockout of a spring-assisted knife. This black-coated knife is made with 440C stainless steel and excellently balances hardness and corrosion resistance to make it a top-notch choice. It extends to 7.75″ in total and makes an awesome gift idea.
3. 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.
4. SOG Tactical 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 hard-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum, while the knife itself is made of stainless steel with a semi-serrated blade.
5. 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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6. CJRB Folding Knife Feldspar
A mint green knife? Count us in. Not every spring-assisted knife needs a masculine black or brown coloration. Sometimes, the brighter, the better. This knife is as simple as it gets, but every element of it was designed with full intention. It uses hard-as-hell stainless steel as a blade and will stay sharp no matter what the case may be. It’s tremendously sturdy, has a deep-carry clip for holding on your body and great dialed-in thumb studs.
7. Palmetto Wood Shop TAC-FORCE TF606WS Engraved Personalized Pocket Knife
A personalized spring-assisted knife makes a perfect personalized gift for dads, sons, grandfathers or any other knife-lover in your family. You can choose up to two lines to be of any text you want to be engraved on a wooden slab placed on the knife’s handle. The blade is made from stainless steel and uses a 3mm thick, 3.25″ long blade, making it the perfect pocket knife. Also, there is a clip if you’d rather keep it on your belt buckle or pocket.
8. MTECH USA Spring Assist Folding Knife
Tired of blades in silver and black? Us too. Lucky for you, the MTECH USA Spring Assist Folding Knife is available in 13 different colors to feed your desire for a colorful knife. It’s got a 2.75″ blade to keep it on the tinier side and has a hole on the handle so you can loop it onto a keychain if you don’t want to put it in your pocket. Colors are available in bright shades of pink, green, blues — even tie-dyes.