camillus #72

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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camillus #72

Postby dave77 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:53 pm

can anybody tell me on the camillus #72 knife some have camillus under lined on the tang an some just have three of the letters under lined is there a difference in the knives

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Re: camillus #72

Postby msteele6 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:29 pm

Yes, the partially underlined knives are a little older. Most of the fully underlined knives have composition (delrin?) handles and most of the partially underlined knives have genuine bone.

Please note that I said MOST not ALL. I personally own two of the fully underlined knives with genuine bone handles and I've seen some of the partially underlined ones with composition handles, so, it's not a hard and fast rule, just a guideline.

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Re: camillus #72

Postby dave77 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:39 pm

i sure thank ya you can always find out what you need to know here thanks again

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Re: camillus #72

Postby jerryd6818 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:08 pm

The Camillus with the short underline is generally considered to made from 1946-1950.

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The Camillus with the long underline is gennerally accepted as being made 1960-1976.

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I loves my #72's and have several. Right now, I'm looking for one with bone handles that's in good condition and that I can afford. :lol:

Here are a couple currently in my pile. As Dale (Orvet) often says, "Don't hang your hat on the tang stamp when dating a Camillus knife."

A new in box #72 1989 to when the company closed it's doors.

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An excellent condition 100th Anniversary (I've been told) #72

Camillus 72 100th Anniversary Carpenters Whittler Open.JPG



A 1997 Yello-Jaket with a factory error main blade. '22LR6' is stamped on the pile side tang and 'Yello-Jaket' is etched on the mark side of the blade.

Camillus 72 Yellow - 22LR6 - 1997 Open.JPG



A 1992 Coca-Cola advertising #72

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A Montgomery Wards Powr-Kraft 84-11 (#72) that now lives in Orvet's pile out in Oregon. Gone but not forgotten.

Power Kraft 84-11 12-24-02.JPG



A #63 Ulster made Sears Craftsman. Same pattern as the #72. (not my picture)

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Re: camillus #72

Postby FRJ » Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:23 am

Here's a nice old used but not abused Power Kraft I got the other day.
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Re: camillus #72

Postby jerryd6818 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:00 am

Joe -- is there a number on the back of the master blade? The Powr-Kraft version of the #72 is an 84-11 but what you have is the Powr-Kraft version of the Camillus #80 "Deluxe Carpenter's and Whittler's" knife with N/S bolsters, milled liners and handle pins. I have one of those but there is no pattern number on the back of the master blade. Just wondering if yours has it.

Nice grab. Those are pretty rare. Yours and mine are the only two I've seen. Carrmillus may have one. I've not heard him say.
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Re: camillus #72

Postby FRJ » Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:31 am

Hi Jerry,
there are no numbers at all on this knife. I didn't know about the particular versions of the knife. It's nice to know it's rare.
Thanks for that.
Being a carpenter it fits me mighty fine.
I also have a short line Camillus in the 72 with bone scales.
Your knives are really nice, Jerry.

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Re: camillus #72

Postby jerryd6818 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:46 am

Thanks Joe.

The best I can figure out, using catalogs and price lists, Camillus only made the 80 for a few years (less than five). Since your Powr-Kraft was made by Camillus, that makes me believe the Powr-Kraft version was probably not made outside the years the Camillus 80 was made.

Too bad there's no documentation covering the number made for Wards. I'd like to think the Camillus 80 and it's Powr-Kraft sibling numbers were pretty small.
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Re: camillus #72

Postby tjmurphy » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:27 am

Hey!! I can post my BSA again. This was rehandled in red bone by Dale (Orvet) a couple of years ago.

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Re: camillus #72

Postby jerryd6818 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:45 am

Thanks for posting that again T.J. I don't remember seeing it the first time around. Dale did a very nice job on it (as usual).
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Re: camillus #72

Postby tjmurphy » Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:47 pm

I think that this was the one that "started it all", the appreciation for the 72, that is.
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Re: camillus #72

Postby jerryd6818 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:52 pm

That's sure a good one to get it started.
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Re: camillus #72

Postby jerryd6818 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:51 pm

tjmurphy wrote:Hey!! I can post my BSA again. This was rehandled in red bone by Dale (Orvet) a couple of years ago.

Dale. It just hit me. As many times as I've seen T.J.s knife I never noticed. Did you use a Shrade Boy Scout shield on that? The only BSA shield I've seen on the Camillus knives are round.
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Re: camillus #72

Postby tjmurphy » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:39 pm

Sorry Jerry, not Dale but, that is the original shield that was on the knife when I sent it to Dale for re-handling. The original handles were composit that were chipped, cracked and broken. I had a pic of the knife before re-handling but lost it when my hard drive crashed. Went back through old posts and found the before pic, not very good but all I got.
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Re: camillus #72

Postby jerryd6818 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:49 pm

Thanks T.J. Always good to learn something. I had never seen that shield on a Camillus. I appreciate your efforts.
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