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Best-Selling Assisted-Opening Knives at Knife Depot

Every few weeks, we like to reflect on the most popular knives here at Knife Depot. This information is fluid, meaning in a few weeks these may not be the same knives topping our best-sellers lists.

However, it does give a good indication as to what kinds of knives people are interested in the most these days. We’ve gone through a number of categories, including best-selling kukris, best-selling Spyderco Knives, and best-selling CRKT Knives, so we decided to take a look at assisted-opening knives.

Here are some of the best-selling assisted openers.

5. Kershaw Blur


First up on the list is a veteran of the assisted opening world: the Kershaw Blur. The Blur and its cousin the Leek (spoiler alert: it’s next on the list!) really set the standard for assisted-opening knives. Ken Onion was one of the first designers to use an assisted-opening mechanism on his knives (using a device he calls the SpeedSafe mechanism).

The Blur is a hefty knife with a 3.38-inch drop point blade made from Sandvik 14C28N. It has a black aluminum handle and a tungsten DLC coating on the blade.

It makes this list because this includes the various types of Kershaw Blur variations, including the S30V version and the tanto with black-green handle version.


4. Kershaw Leek


The Kershaw Blur and Kershaw Leek are always lumped together as two of the most influential modern knives around. What makes these great knives is the fact that they complement each other. Whereas the Blur is dark and stout, the Leek is bright and sleek.

The Leek uses the same patented SpeedSafe technology to make this EDC lightning quick. It has a 3-inch blade made from Sandvik 14C28N with a bead-blasted finish and a pure stainless steel handle. The knife is light and thin, making it an ideal EDC knife.

Like the Blur, the Leek makes it on this list for the additional fact that there are tons of variations. You can see a bunch of the versions here.


3. CRKT M4-02


Getting off Kershaw for a minute, next up we have the CRKT M4-02. Designed by the late Kit Carson, the M4-02 has been one of CRKT’s best-sellers for a while. Using the Outburst assisted opening mechanism, the M4-02 features a 3.25-inch blade made from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. The blade stays in place with a liner lock but also uses the LAWKS mechanism to prevent accidental closure.

There are three iterations of this knife: one with a white bone handle, one with a burl wood handle, and another with a stag handle.


2. Smith & Wesson M&P Tactical Police Scooped Back Pocket Knife with MAGIC Assisted Opening


The top two best-selling assisted openers are Smith & Wesson knives. This might be surprising to a few people, but it shouldn’t be surprising to those who know a thing or two about knives. Smith & Wesson is known for making quality knives that use M.A.G.I.C. assisted-opening technology.

The Smith & Wesson SWMP1B Military & Police Assisted Opener is highly rated as a durable and reliable folder. It has a 2.9-inch titanium-coated blade, a black aluminum handle with rubber inserts, and an integrated window punch. The black blade features a unique scooped drop point design.

It has a futuristic design, but it’s surprisingly sleek and thin in the hand. I can easily see why this is among the best-sellers.


1. Smith & Wesson M&P Assisted Opening Pocket Knife, 2nd Generation


Finally, we have the best-selling assisted opener: the Smith & Wesson SWMP4LBS Military and Police Assisted Opening Pocket Knife, 2nd Generation. Like the previous knife, this one boasts the M.A.G.I.C. assisted-opening technology, which S&W claims is “the easiest single handed opening system you have ever used.”

It shares many similarities with the other Military and Police knife, but this one has a 3.6-inch blade with a different blade design. It has a partially serrated blade and a thumb disk for quick ambidextrous opening. There’s also an integrated window breaker and a safety lock for extra security.



Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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  1. Only in a backwards world like it is today could the S&W’s out sell a
    Rat 1 or 2.

  2. I do not agree with Nick and Mike, although I respect their opinions but I happen to carry the SW mp 1 and am very happy with it. I took it apart when I first got it to see what the magic was all about. I do not recommend this as it was a bitch to reassemble. For the price I believe this is one of the best knives for an everyday pocket carry. I use a work sharp electric sharpener which puts a workable edge on in minutes, and it holds that edge under some very severe conditions. I never use the lock because you really don’t need it, and I have never had problems with the assist system. My knife is not black anymore but silver on the back end of the handle and pocket clip, which by the way is strong enough to make this knife hard to lose without you noticing. The only problem I have is why everyone calls it a drop point when it is a clip point on a scooped blade.

  3. So the link to the “Fiery Red Knives” brings me here. Huh?

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