Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

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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Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby ozzie marie » Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:35 pm

I'll start this thread with a few of mine ::nod::

A 165 & 179

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Thanks for starting this thread

Postby mtds » Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:32 pm

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.
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby upnorth » Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:35 am

Nice NIBs, Keith!! Do you know dates for those? Steels, boxes . . . . . . . . . . .just loverly :) !
Great old electrician's knife mtds.
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby orvet » Sat Feb 06, 2010 7:01 am

Here are a few of mine to help get this thread rolling.

Come on guys.........
SHOW US YOUR CAMILLUS KNIVES!

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Classic Camillus Booy Scout knife
Camillus Anniv stockman.jpg
Camillus Deluxe Stockman from 1976
Camillus Anniv stockman clip etch.jpg
Etch on 1976 Deluxe Stockman
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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.
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby upnorth » Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:33 pm

orvet wrote:
Come on guys.........
SHOW US YOUR CAMILLUS KNIVES!

Dale


Alright, alright; . . . . .sheesh! Pushy guy! 8)

Camillus made these Barlows, no matter what thay say!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby upnorth » Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:39 pm

Camillus made the two lighter handled ones I think. I'm not sure about the darker one.
Who knows all the answers?? Come on, who??? :mrgreen:
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby orvet » Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:38 am

Nice ones Charlie! ::tu:: ::tu::

Here are some more of mine...

Let's see more guys.............

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Camillus Catfish Hunter c.jpg
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby trail » Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:41 pm

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.
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby orvet » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:03 pm

Very pretty knife trail! ::tu:: ::tu::
I like the tortoise celluloid. I think it is one of the prettiest types of celluloid.


While I am here I may as well add more of my Camillus knives. :mrgreen:
In this post I will post Camillus military knives circa WWII or before.

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Camillus TL29 bone a.jpg
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Camillus Jack OKCA mini a.jpg
Camillus #72.jpg
This knife does not bear the WWII era tang stamp, but had nice bone handles on it. I believe this to be post-war, probably from the late 1940s or 1950s.
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby trail » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:33 pm

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.
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby BIGHEAD » Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:13 pm

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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby ozzie marie » Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:57 pm

Here's a #7 Folding Hunter ::nod::

Don't you just love a knife with a light switch in the handle :mrgreen:

Charlie, to answer your question, the 165, 179 and this 7 are from the 1970's

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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby upnorth » Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:42 pm

Nice Yellow Jacket Bighead!
Gee, Keith, with that knife, I wouldn't have to be afraid of the dark!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Here's a nice group of five. I think my favorite is the 4-line Cattle knife.
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby trail » Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:56 pm

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.
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby upnorth » Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:36 pm

Nice to see a serrated version, trail. Thanks for posting it.

Here's another work knife; the handle embossing says it all!
I've posted the tangs for those collecting the pattern numbers.
Single backspring knife.
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