An assisted-opening knife is a type of folding knife which uses an internal mechanism to finish the opening of the blade once the user has partially opened it using a flipper or thumb stud attached to the blade. It's one hand operated.
Although commonly confused with switchblade knives, a switchblade can be opened automatically simply with the push of a button,
but the user of an assisted-opening knife must open it about
one-quarter of the way (45°) before the mechanism opens the knife the
rest of the way.The difference is important legally; because the blade does not open
simply "by the push of a button or by force of gravity" the
assisted-opening knife is typically not considered a switchblade, and may escape the restrictions applying to those in many places.