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.
Thanks for starting this thread. Here's a couple of pics of this week's EDC, an old workhorse, still walking and talking. Takes a good edge, comfortable in the pocket, and easily replaceable. I'd like to know more about setting the dates of manufacture of these knives. Based on what I've read on this site, this one was made sometime after 1976. I'm open to instruction or correction here, just learning.
Here are a few of mine to help get this thread rolling.
Come on guys......... SHOW US YOUR CAMILLUS KNIVES!
Classic Camillus Booy Scout knife
Camillus Deluxe Stockman from 1976
Etch on 1976 Deluxe Stockman
A Camillus Rough Cut Stockman. These knives did not have the fine finish work on them as the regular Camillus knives did. It seems to me that the closer Camillus got to closing, the rougher these knives got, if the ones sold on ebay are any indicator.
I posted this one a while back but took some new pictures. Now that we have a good place to keep all the Camillus knives together, I will repost it. This is one of the prettiest knives I have ever seen, evidence that Camillus could produce knives of a quality equal to any of the more famous companies. Unfortunately it shows some pitting on the blades, hopefully from sitting in the hardware store counter for years and not from out-gassing. Either way, I keep it out in the open so I can look at it frequently and it won't damage any of my other knives. Once in a while it rides in my pocket for a day or two.
Dale, you are very generous to show us your collection of vintage knives. I especially like the easy open jacks. In truth, many of the old Camillus patterns are disappearing from the knife scene. I think they were the last American manufacturer of a real sailor's marlinspike knife, the last manufacturer of the TL-29 electrician's knife and the last manufacturer of a big hawksbill linoleum knife. Many workmen of the past carried a knife that was specific to his job, but nowadays most of the guys seem to want to carry big tacticals.
Here is a late model linoleum knife. According to Steve Pfeiffer's book, this knife was also made on contract to Case to be resold as their 61011 SS.
I see a rigger's knife in Upnorth's collection. That is another example of the kind of specialized knife that Camillus made for the working men who made this country great. In later years, Camillus supplied Case with a version of this knife to sell as their 6246 L R SS. Here's my rigger, purchased a while back from an AAPK store.