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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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby Just Plain Dave » Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:59 pm

rangerbluedog wrote:Here's an oldie ::smirk::


I'm bonkers for equal ends and Spear Point blades....

But that is a SWEET old Stockman!
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby orvet » Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:29 pm

Great find Keith and still on a store shelf!

Here are some more of my Camillus knives.


This is a #3. At just 4-1/8 inches closed, it is a great small size lockback.
I sold this one, but hope to find another someday.

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Here is a Camco Barlow with red celluloid handles.

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What intrigued me about this knife is the springs. The spring is constructed of two pieces.
One piece of the spring extends beyond the end of the knife to allow for a hole for a lanyard.
This can be seen in this picture of the springs.
Obviously that was not an expensive knife, as there was not a lot of finish work that went into it.
But here we have the example of an inexpensive knife that has survived 40 or 50 years of use!
That makes it a good knife and a great value in my book.

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This next knife is a real enigma to me. We all know that Imperial made shell handled knives here in the USA.
This is the only knife I have seen with a Camillus name on it that is made with shell construction.
I removed half of the handle so it is easy to see the shell construction of the knife.
I can only imagine that it was produced by Imperial for Camillus, possibly after Albert Baer bought out Camillus.

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Here is a bone handled #72 whittler, circa WWII or perhaps pre-war.
The Rogers bone on the handles makes this knife for me. I wish someone could produce handles like this again.

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Well, that is all for the moment.
I will post more of mine later.

Y'all keep posting pics of your Camillus' knives!

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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby knife7knut » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:07 am

Here's a few:
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby WelderBob » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:14 pm

I found this cute little Camillus the other day, it's similar to one pictured on another thread
with the exception of the tang stamp. Would you call it a five line....they sure put alot of
information in a small space.
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby Spectrum » Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:53 am

I am new to the forum and I hope that posting photos of a fixed blade knife is okay. I won this item on eBay a couple of years ago and I believe it is called a "parasite" knife due to the detachable caping knife. It came in the original box with a nylon sheath and it was made in Taiwan. The box had a dealer price on it of around $55.00 but I got it for considerably less.
I was familiar with the Chinese "Camco" knives they sold near the end but was not aware of any Camillus knives being made in Taiwan. I admit I was disappointed at first that it wasn't made in the U.S.A., but I found it to be very well made and the edge is outstanding.
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby brady806 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:02 pm

::tu:: dale that #72 is one cool specimen :shock: that swedge is awsome!! :wink:
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby orvet » Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:03 pm

Spectrum wrote: I was familiar with the Chinese "Camco" knives they sold near the end but was not aware of any Camillus knives being made in Taiwan. I admit I was disappointed at first that it wasn't made in the U.S.A., but I found it to be very well made and the edge is outstanding.


The series of Robo Assisted Opening knives were made in Taiwan. There were three knives in that series, the Heat, Blaze & the Sizzle; three sizes of the same pattern.
Your knife is probably from that same company, perhaps made after Camillus closed.
I am not aware of any fixed blades made in Taiwan with the Camillus name on them, at least not when Camillus was still in business.

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Re: Camillus Parasite Knife

Postby Spectrum » Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:21 am

Thanks for your reply. I posted some photos of the knife a couple of years ago on another forum and Phil Gibbs said it was designed by Rob Simonich and that these knives were stuck in customs when Camillus closed.
It came in a Camillus box with a "Buckmasters" logo and the model number on the label is "BMSM2B". Except for the UPC label on the end of the box it is exactly like the box the Camillus Buckmasters BM66 sheath knives came in.
Anyway, it is a nice knife and I didn't have to pay too much for it.

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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby W5RWU » Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:13 pm

Here are some of my CAMILLUS knives.
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby Absintheur » Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:51 am

Lot's of nice vintage Cammies here, how about one of the last knives made...

This trapper was put together using Cold Steel trademarked Carbon V blades with an etched Camillus stamp on the main, Camillus shield, and a different jigging pattern than Cold Steel's. Basically a parts knife made from leftovers not to long before Camillus closed down.

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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby orvet » Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:35 pm

You notice that the Cold Steel name has been ground off and the Camillus name etched in its place.
They did this with other brands as well. I imagine you could also find that with some Remington patterns.

Since they had the blades and they were heat treated, they could only etch them to put their name on the tang. The hardened steel will not take the stamp very well.

Tom told me this was what they did (from necessity) to get knives out the door.
Camillus never wasted extra parts, so they used them up before they closed.

You probably got a great deal on that Carbon V knife. I wish I had found some!

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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby W5RWU » Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:39 am

Here is a Cuda Quest.Camillus Talon The first production knife made of Talonite Blade Length - 3.5" and Thickness - 0.125" Overall length -7.5" Handle Grooved G-10 The new TALON, designed by custom knifemaker and TALONITE pioneer Robert Simonich of Clancy, Montana for CUDA/Camillus is the ultimate personal fixed blade knife. The TALON is crafted of TALONITETtm the finest knife blade material available. TALONITE Tm holds a razor edge and will never rust or corrode. It is a revolutionary blade material and a new first from CUDA.
The classic drop point shape of the TALON is the perfect "user' shape for such an advanced blade material. The ergonomic design and practical profile lend the TALON to a myriad of work-knife chores like skinning, boning, and light utility work.
TALONITE is an exotic Cobalt-Chromium alloy designed for extreme high stress applications like saw tips, deep earth drills, and high-speed scraper blades. The impressive cutting power of TALONITE is derived from its unique matrix of Cobalt and Chromium carbides in the primarily Cobalt carrier.
The Chromium Carbides are evenly distributed throughout the Cobalt matrix and with their Rockwell of 91 RC scale, provide long edge holding ability. The Cobalt that makes up the bulk of the matrix provides the toughness and corrosion resistance. With the Rockwell of the cobalt being 46 RC scale, ease of resharpening is obtained.
The custom designed concealex sheath for the TALON is made by Blade-Tech Industries, leaders in the field of thermal-molded knife sheaths and holsters. The innovative TEK-LOK belt fastener allows a multitude of carry positions while also allowing swift removal and replacement of the TALON on your belt.
The TALON, a Robert Simonich design was created with the professional knife user in mind. The classic shape of the TALON, and its unequalled cutting power and edge holding will make it a cutlery item of heirloom quality.
Because of the inherent difficulty of grinding TALONITE, a limited number of TALONs will be produced annually.

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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby Absintheur » Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:42 pm

Here's a Camco done fore Buckmasters

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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby Just Plain Dave » Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:57 pm

Both 'o' them last two are NOICE!

That liner lock really speaks to me for SOME reason...
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Re: Show Us Your Camillus Knives!

Postby trail » Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:06 pm

Here is a big solid Western that I got with a number of Camillus folders from a hardware store closing out their stock. I would guess that this is from very late in the day for the Camillus plant.
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