I have never owned an assisted opening pocket knife before but have always wanted one. From the outside they seemed like they would be flimsy and their action was all for show. Most of the people I had met that brandished an assisted opening blade, were of the “mall ninja” type. I had no real basis for that thought process but it was a gut feeling I had from secondhand experience. Since I love a good knife and I’m always looking for a new one to try, I decided to take the plunge to find an assisted opening blade for my EDC. I did not want to spend a lot of money on something that I had never tried before.
Under $20 Bucks
I found the Kershaw OSO Sweet Assisted Opening Pocket Knife on Amazon for under $20 and figured I couldn’t go wrong for that price for this particular brand. The first thing I noticed when I took the knife from the box was how lightweight it felt. At 3.2 ounces you almost don’t even notice the knife in your hand, let alone your pocket. At four and one-eighth inches long this knife fits diagonally in the palm of my hand with the blade closed. I felt a bit like a kid in a candy store the first time I engaged the assisted opening. The quick hard snap of the blade opening and locking up, was quite impressive. Shutting and opening the blade one handed is very easy and requires almost no practice as long as you are familiar with pocket knives.
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