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The Camillus Cutlery Company was one of the oldest knife manufacturers in the United States with roots dating back to 1876. The company manufactured Camillus branded knives and was a prolific contractor for other knife brands up until its last days in 2007 when the company filed for bankruptcy.
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Welcome to the CAMILLUS CUTLERY COMPANY Forum

Postby orvet » Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:03 pm

Welcome to the CAMILLUS CUTLERY COMPANY Forum!

I asked Bryan to add Camillus to the Brand Specific Forums because of the increased intrest in Camillus knives.
Sadly Camillus closed it doors in February 2007, bring to an end this fine old brand that has yet to be fully recognized for it's contributions to the cutlery industry spanning across parts of 3 centuries, from 1876 to 2007.

I am working with Tom Williams who was the Company Historian for Camillus Cutlery. We are hoping to get the story of Camillus told so that collectors will have a source of reliable information about Camillus.
Tom worked for Camillus Cutlery for over 30 years and his mother worked for them for over 50 years.
As I have the time and information from Tom, I will be posting information here in this forum.
I hope to involve Tom in this forum as well.


Here is a picture of the First Camillus factory in 1894.


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So set back and enjoy and please join the forum with pictures of your Camillus knives, questions, and especially stories of your Camillus knives.

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Re: Welcome to the CAMILLUS CUTLERY COMPANY Forum

Postby rangerbluedog » Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:29 pm

All right! Who has the tang stamp pictures?!?!?! :)
I have a total of 2 Camillus knives, know NOTHING about them - Both have broken blades. One I just took apart today. Was thinking I would sacrifice it to make the other one my carry knife.
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Postby coffeecup » Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:09 pm

YES!!!! Thanks Bryan and Dale!!!
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Postby orvet » Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:54 am

rangerbluedog wrote:All right! Who has the tang stamp pictures?!?!?! :)
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Postby Mossdancer » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:32 pm

Dale,Bryan:
Great thinking, great forum. I will, probably after the holidays put at least the ten in this post.
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Postby Camillus » Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:11 am

Thanks for starting this greatly needed site, I have had an interest in Camillus knives for over 25 years and have collected a few along the way. I would be thrilled to learn the History behind the Company and to see the progress which lead to a multitude of knifes of great quality for the hunter every day user and collector.

Here are a few of my smaller Camillus knives.
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Postby BIGHEAD » Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:46 am

I think I may have one 8) or Two
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Postby blademaker » Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:16 am

Interesting history of a company that was around for a long time..
I have a few, and here is one of the oldest....stamped

CAMILLUS
Cutlery CO
Camillus NY
USA

Anyone know a close age to this one? Just wondering.....Its a split spring whittler with gorgeous bone grips....one of the pen blades is short...but kinda par for the knives it shares a home with....
Pic isn't the best....have a new camera on the wish list for christmas...sorry
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Postby orvet » Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:36 am

That 4-line tang stamp was used up until WWII.
In fact it was used for part of WWII, I am not sure when they dropped that stamp.
It goes back into the 1930s. but I don't know for sure how far back it goes.

In talking to Tom Williams: he said it is very difficult to date Camillus by the tang stamps.
Tom's words; "They never threw anything away at the cutlery."
They kept things and used them again.
So, it is possible that that stamp was used later, possibly for a commemorative, but I do not know that to be a fact.

Basically your knife is WWII or before, back to perhaps the early 1930s.

Hope that helps,
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Postby rangerbluedog » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:41 pm

Here's a couple of mine with tang stamps. According to Dale's info, the four line stamp should be circa 1930-1940?
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Postby blademaker » Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:25 am

Thanks Dale!
Was wondering how old this one was.
All blades are stamped with the Camillus stamp at the time....Have had newer ones and just the main blade is stamped...something I guess some knife co.'s stopped doing?
Love the whittlers...maybe thats another forum!

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Postby mito0 » Wed Dec 30, 2009 7:10 pm

i only have a handful of camillus knives, but it's really nice to see this forum.
camillus played a huge part in the story of U.S. knives, and it's nice to see them get some recognition.
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Postby Mossdancer » Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:10 pm

Was digging through the stuff for some Cams and came across this old fella that I got in a box lot several years ago. I just pitched it in a drawer thinking it was an old Utica, You just got to check every time. I am reasonably sure these were made by Camillus Cutlery Co. in the 1930's.
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edit: after careful viewing of this knife, it may not be made by Camillus after all.I along with a far more knowledgeable person are doing further research.
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Careful review of this knife under a higher powered loop shows the Tang Stamp to be CORNWALL over KNIFECO over NEWYORK over over U.S.A.
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Postby orvet » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:42 am

Goins' says; "CORNWALL KNIFE CO. NEW YORK USA G 1900-1920"

The "g" in front of the date in Goins means “guesstimates” as to the date based on John Goins knife knowledge and his knack of remembering most every knife he had seen.
This is from the Introduction (page iii) to the 1998 edition, written by his wife, Charlotte.


Bernard Levine, in LG4, lists this as a manufacturers brand of Camillus, made by Camillus circa 1930s.

So, it may be a Camillus after all.

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Re: Welcome to the CAMILLUS CUTLERY COMPANY Forum

Postby Desktop » Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:18 pm

Camillus wrote:Thanks for starting this greatly needed site, I have had an interest in Camillus knives for over 25 years and have collected a few along the way. I would be thrilled to learn the History behind the Company and to see the progress which lead to a multitude of knifes of great quality for the hunter every day user and collector.

Here are a few of my smaller Camillus knives.


Nice group!
What is the rightmost knife in the bottom row? Never seen one before.
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