I used to like assisted opening knives, and don't anymore. Learning something's got an actual spring assist is usually enough for me to skip it now, for two reasons. the first is that for me, a thumb stud or a thumb disk or a flip tab or a button lock or an axis lock all usually mean that I can snap the blade open on my own without a spring assist. The second is, switchblades exist, and if I'm going to go the assisted route I might as well take it the rest of the way.
Kinda a third reason is that with a lot of spring assists -- Gerber in particular -- the spring setup causes some grating in the action as metal grinds on metal. They're really cheap setups -- just a piece of metal with tension on it that's connected to the pivot and the other end anchored in the frame. I really don't like things that grate while opening or closing, but most AO setups give you that one way or another.
Once upon a time I loved CRKT knives, but nowadays they're just a bullshit marketing company that pretends to have a stars-and-stripes American identity while making exactly zero knives with American labor, and builds everything with bottom end materials. A knife that could be great, like the Crawford Kasper, if it were made with XHP and carbon fiber is instead only ok because it's made of 8Cr and thermoplastic. Wish they'd pull their head out of their ass, but I'm not counting on it happening anytime soon.