Let's See Your Camco 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: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby garddogg56 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:51 am

::ds:: WOW ::ds:: Nice ::ds::
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Re: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby trail » Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:20 pm

I finally got a yellow Camco small rope knife. It isn't as pretty as the ebay knife I posted a couple of pages back, but it's still one of a kind in my small collection of this pattern. Neither mine nor the ebay knife have an easy open cutout in the handles, though mine does have the cutout in the frame. Mine has a handle etch "Say it with Flowers" so perhaps this was an SFO for FTD. It is not a traditional florist's pattern but I'm sure the little coping blade would work well in that application. Just goes to show what a versatile pattern this is. I still carry one almost every day.

This one really stands out in a crowd...
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Re: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby 313 Mike » Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:44 am

I just received my first Camco today, don't have a pic of it but it is a medium stockman, brown jigged synthetic hadles with a shield, tang marked Camco USA, on backside 771. Interestingly it has script barely visible along the main blade that says New Britain K15. Anyone else have a Camco like that...?
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Re: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby orvet » Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:29 am

I don’t know if I have one or not, but I have seen that New Britain etch on Camcos before.
I remember New Britain Tools from when I worked in an Auto Parts house in the 1960s in Jr. High School.
We also had a lot of New Britain tools the service station I worked at in High School.
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Re: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby 313 Mike » Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:04 am

Hey that's another great bit of information Dale, thanks much. You are like the wise man on top of the mountain that has wisdom to share on all kinds of interesting things! I had never heard of New Britian Tools before. So then the knife was in effect an advertising knife, so to speak. Either that or perhaps it was given out to employees or salesman, something along those lines. I will make a note of it, with all the great info from everyone here I might have to get bigger index cards for recording individual knife info...
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Re: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby orvet » Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:40 am

I am not sure if it was an ad knife or one made for New Britain that they sold, (or both). ::shrug::

I have also seen them with the Proto name, I have a TL-29 Camco or Camillus (not sure which brand) with the Proto etch. Proto was another tool company.

Black Hawk was another that had Camillus make knives for.
Sometimes you will find a Camco or Camillus knife with the Black Hawk etch.
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Re: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby orvet » Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:33 pm

I picked up this little Camco rope knife for a rebuild project.
It is 3-1/4" closed. Someone decided to customize the handle. ::facepalm::

I think it can be salvaged.
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Re: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby trail » Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:08 am

Lots of use left in that little knife, even with the butchered handle and butter knife blade profile...It will be a beauty once Dale gets done with it, that's for certain.

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Re: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby smokepole » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:23 pm

Nice find Trail, and a nice collection. I have a very nice rope knife too - but I am too sorry for it to use it! And I agree, once Dale is finished with the mangled one, it will be a knife worth having again - plenty of life left in that one...
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Re: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby singin46 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:14 pm

I believe this to be an older Lone Ranger Jack Cracked Ice pearl. Note the raised bullet on the pile side and absence of studs for the advertising instead.
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Re: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby garddogg56 » Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:06 am

::tu:: Thats cool Perry
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Re: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby singin46 » Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:58 am

Thx garddog!
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Re: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby smokepole » Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:38 am

Don't have a great many of them, but working on it. Here's one:

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What would that qualify as - a small cigar jack?
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Re: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby singin46 » Tue May 01, 2012 4:54 am

Here's a 1950s Camillus CAMCO counter card. These were usually loaded with everything from Rocket knives like Dale has to Lone Ranger or Dick Tracy knives from what I've seen. They would be delivered in these cardboard boxes, shown in the second pic. Sure wish I had some more cool CAMCO knives to go on this card.
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Re: Let's See Your Camco Knives!

Postby smokepole » Tue May 01, 2012 7:39 am

Sure wish I had some more cool CAMCO knives to go on this card.
And I wish I had a cool card like that!! :lol: :lol: If I had, I'd simply collect and trade them until I filled the card - be a nice project, even if it took a while..

Here's another one of mine:

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