Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

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Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby Hutter » Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:40 am

I have a Camillus TL-29 that was my grandfathers, who passed away when I was very young. So my question to you guy's is this.....Is the knife military Issued??? From reading a very informative thread on this site I will describe it like this: It is a deep bail, five pin, black synthetic handle, three line engraved blade (Camillus, New York, USA), no number on reverse of blade, and most of all TL-29 is stamped/engraved into the handle. My son will be grateful for your help.......thanks.

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Re: Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby Elvis » Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:13 am

I see no reason to doubt the story that came with the knife. The one I was issued in 1972 matches your description except by then they weren't stamping TL-29 on them anymore.
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Re: Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby Hutter » Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:18 am

Thanks Elvis.
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Re: Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby orvet » Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:26 am

It sounds like a post-WWII issue knife.

I was issued this one during Vietnam, about 1971.
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Yours sounds the same except it has the stamp on the handle.
Yours should be military issue as TL-29 is military nomenclature short for: Tool, Linesman, #29.

Not all military issue ones had that stamp, but I don’t think any made for the civilian market were marked with the military nomenclature.
Yours is no doubt military, or military surplus.
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Re: Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby Owd Wullie » Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:51 am

orvet wrote:It sounds like a post-WWII issue knife.

I was issued this one during Vietnam, about 1971.
My Marine Corps TL-29.jpg



Yours sounds the same except it has the stamp on the handle.
Yours should be military issue as TL-29 is military nomenclature short for: Tool, Linesman, #29.

Not military issue ones had that stamp, but I don’t think any made for the civilian market were marked with the military nomenclature.
Yours is no doubt military, or military surplus.


There are the rusted remains of several of those on the bottom of the Tonkin Gulf. I float checked a bunch of 'em.

Never did get one to float. :mrgreen:

Float checked several chief petty officer hats too. That's another story. ::super_happy::
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Re: Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby fergusontd » Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:28 pm

::dang:: When we were in Tiawan I was put on laundry duty. I accidently fell in the water with a bag of laundry. I was fished out but the bag sank. That float test didn't work either. I didn't think to much of it until one day the following week, several of the the officers on board thanked me for their new unifroms, including the captain. ::facepalm:: ftd
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Re: Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby Owd Wullie » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:25 am

fergusontd wrote:::dang:: When we were in Tiawan I was put on laundry duty. I accidently fell in the water with a bag of laundry. I was fished out but the bag sank. That float test didn't work either. I didn't think to much of it until one day the following week, several of the the officers on board thanked me for their new unifroms, including the captain. ::facepalm:: ftd



LOL.

A particular Chief and I had had extreme difficulty seeing eye to eye on anything. He was a fat useless turd "lifer". Every time I saw one of his hats laying around, it went over the side. It was hilarious watching him wander around and ask everyone if they'd seen his hat.

I also float checked a lot of his junk. He thought he was going crazy. ::super_happy::
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Re: Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby Captain O » Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:32 pm

I found an Amazon vendor that had a few Camillus TL-29 knives with the Carbon Steel blades (just like the ones we were issued during the Vietnam War). I ordered it this morning for the princely sum of $29.95. It will be worth every penny of the price paid if I can use it as often as I did as an Aviation Machinist's Mate. 8) ::tu::

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Re: Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby Tsar Bomba » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:01 am

This is one of the main patterns that got me into knife-collecting. Eminently useful, too. Camillis is far and away the most-represented brand in my hoard of linesman's knives.

I have a wood-clad 4-line beater with a wickedly-sharp, well-used master in my EDC box. I keep a modern-ish (60s-70s) version with full, sharp blades and black composite handles at work for the jobs I might not want to use my 10-dot Barlow or peanut for. The screwdriver/stripper blade is constantly useful - the knife at work often stays perched in my pen cup with the driver blade locked open -- and it is almost unnatural how quickly that knife takes, and keeps, its edge. ::nod:: I have a third, a 2000s-era TL-29 in black composite, which travels in my work bag about 99% of the time, along with my jumbo SAK. Daily essentials, don't leave home (or go to the office) without 'em.

I have already cleaned and sharpened a slightly older Camillus, a twin to the knife at work, to take over for the newest one. I think I am going to send my bag knife over to one of our esteemed knife artisans for some proper dress-up action. The only caveat is that I have no plans to do what most people do with TL-29 mods, which is remove the driver blade and turn it into a single-blade. I'd probably lose the bail for such a knife, though.

I wonder if it would be too optimistic to think "TL-29 in mammoth"...
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Re: Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby FatCity67 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:41 pm

Found this one at the flea market a few month back. Was in a bag of tools I bought. First TL-29 for me. Blade takes a razor edge.
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Re: Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby Tsar Bomba » Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:13 pm

Here's my work TL-29, faithfully perched atop the pen cup where it lives:

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Couple strokes across the DMT and it's hair-popping every time.

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Re: Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby tjmurphy » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:07 pm

I really like the TL-29 too, but I limit my buying to natural (bone, wood) handles and carbon steel blades. My earliest is ca. WWI and goes up through WWII. Condition ranges from good to near mint. With the Camillus knives, if it doesn't have "27" stamped on the reverse tang, it is most likely mil issued. I have an M. Klein & Sons, Chicago with wooden handles, which from all my searching, seems to be kind of rare. This is the only one I've found and all the rest are handled in a synthetic.
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Re: Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby Tsar Bomba » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:17 pm

Most of those Klein TL-29s are rebranded Camillus knives from the same period. You will find a large number of the "faux wood" composite-handled Klein knives but there are also a number of available wood-handled Kleins out there. I don't think they're rare so much as the fact that Camillus didn't make too many in wood when Klein started contracting them to build the knives for their hardware stores and distribution.

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Re: Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby tjmurphy » Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:56 am

Probably should have used the word "uncommon" instead of "rare" ::tu::
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Re: Camillus TL-29 is it Military Issue?

Postby Tsar Bomba » Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:06 am

Definitely one of those two. You got me interested in poking around for a Klein-branded wood-handled TL-29 and as of yet I'm 0-fer on it. Found plenty of Case, Schrade, Ulster and even an old NYK but no Kleins in wood. I'll make a point to take some pics of the TL-29s I have with some personality (as opposed to the utilitarian black composite two-pin late models Camillus made so well but so boring :lol:). They include a Schrade with the latch-lock (for lack of the real term) in working order, a few 4-line Camilluses, and a Case Tested (my oldest Case of any kind).

If any of you fine folks with reworked/dressy TL-29 mods would be so kind as to post your knives and stories, it might be real helpful trying to figure out who could mod one of mine once I find some material I want put on it. Of course, if someone has a stock of mammoth ivory and some time to mod a TL-29, feel free to get in touch. :mrgreen:

P.S. As far as I'm aware, TJ, all of the Camillus 29s are carbon steel. The one in my photo is about 35-40 years old or so and my bag knife is maybe 10-15 years old, and as far as I can tell there's no difference whatsoever in cutting performance once you take ten minutes to put a fine edge on it.


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