American Wildlife Series

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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American Wildlife Series

Postby Vit_213 » Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:34 am

The American wilderness... where animals, birds, fish, trees and plants cooperate to form a beauty that even man cannot match. The wilderness... where man is only a visitor to observe the enchantment of a flight of ducks over a cool mountain lake, the bounce of a fleeing white-tailed deer on a frosty morning, or the courageous determination of salmon fighting upstream to spawn.

In observance of America's 200th and our 100th anniversary, Camillus Cutlery introduces its NEW "AMERICAN WILDLIFE" SERIES. Inset into each handle is sculptured wildlife, struck in genuine pewter from original masterpieces by the renowned wildlife engraver, Sid Bell. Each animal is permanently imbedded in crystal-clear acrylic over a natural background color that runs flush with the contour of the handle.

These extremely handsome knives are both collectors items and functional, heavy-duty knives that can take the everyday wear and tear that you would expect from a fine knife. Its super-cutting, corrosion-resistant, etched blades are made from 440A high carbon stainless steel that assures you a clean, swift cut every time. Pivot pins and bolsters are forged from solid nickel silver and the sure-grip handles are molded from super-tough Delrin. Attractively gift packaged with a "CAM-STONE" sharpening steel... a new type of sharpening steel consisting of an abrasive coating bonded to a steel mandrel and producing a very uniform and extremely sharp cutting edge ... and a wildlife brochure.

(Camillus 1976 catalog)

BUCK DEER - No. 10A
Amid the blushing foliage of autumn, the buck holds his antlers high in regal splendor. Timid and trim, he is a picture of innocence and beauty and shows his gracefulness when a sudden movement or sound sends him speeding off into the forest.
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HOWLING COYOTE - No. 10B
"The gray ghost of the plains". Wary, suspicious, sly, always on the alert and a real challenge to the hunter. Who can ever forget their mournful cry in the still of the night as they pay homage to the western moon.
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Re: American Wildlife Series

Postby carrmillus » Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:01 pm

...........I liked everything about this series of knives except the shields!!!!................... ::barf:: ............

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Re: American Wildlife Series

Postby orvet » Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:02 pm

Nice knives Vit! ::tu::
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Re: American Wildlife Series

Postby PigSticker » Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:17 pm

I've always liked that style trapper knife but I'm not into the shields either--if you buy all of the set they make a cool looking display--think there's a bear-wolf-lion there's a few more---
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Re: American Wildlife Series

Postby jerryd6818 » Mon Aug 18, 2014 3:23 pm

Looks like they came out in 1976, same year as the Cam-Lock. The First Edition was discontinued in 1989, the others sometime earlier than that.
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Re: American Wildlife Series

Postby Vit_213 » Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:56 pm

BUCK DEER - No. 11A (Fifth Edition)
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Re: American Wildlife Series

Postby Vit_213 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:07 pm

CHARGING BEAR - No. 10D
A bear’s all-out sprint is an unforgettable sight as its massive body strains and the thick glossy fur ripples in the sun. He is a mass of muscle and brawn, unafraid, intelligent and unpredictable. A formidable giant of the wilderness.
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Re: American Wildlife Series

Postby jerryd6818 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:27 pm

Some friends gave this #11 to me a few years ago.
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Re: American Wildlife Series

Postby carrmillus » Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:42 pm

...nice, jerry!!!..I like everything about this series except the shields....to me, they're a little large and too gaudy, other than that, I like 'em!!!....... ::tu:: ::tu:: ..........

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Re: American Wildlife Series

Postby Vit_213 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:09 pm

BUGLING ELK - No. 10F
A sight to behold ... the herd bull as he lifts his head high and bugles his challenge for all to hear. He’ll take on all comers, head low and long ivory tipped antlers swinging menacingly from side to side ready to defend his harem rights.
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Re: American Wildlife Series

Postby Old Hunter » Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:25 am

First knife I bought from an AAPK store, right after I joined AAPK, was this Camillus big Trapper. I found the Camillus fish knife at a collectibles mall a few months later. OH
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Re: American Wildlife Series

Postby Baykeeper » Mon May 04, 2015 9:29 pm

Just recently picked up a used #10 Jumbo Trapper of this series with the Pronghorn on the handle. Well used, massive 4 3/8" knife, fits my hand well, but as someone else stated above I'm just not that "in" to the shield either. I kinda collect trappers, (I now have eight of them, I guess that means I collect them?), but I didn't have a Camillus version, so I grabbed this to represent that pattern/manufacturer in my small, eclectic "collection"......despite that corny shield! The blades are tight in the single-end bolster, and the handle is intact. Having a nice, used, patina I won't hesitate to carry and use this knife. I sharpened the blades, (sharpened easily), and am looking for a suitable sheath for it, (I did not receive the stock sheath or sharpening steel it originally came with). It reminds me of a 5" folding hunter more than a trapper simply due to it's mass, and the 3/4" wide blades are as wide as many 5" folding hunter I've seen. It may prove to be even more useful than a single-bladed FH by having an alternate blade, though of course it doesn't lock. As all Camillus knives seem to be, this one can genuinely be described as very robust, I'm sure it will take lots more use & abuse and still keep on being a useful tool.
Glad to have it, it will look good on my "knife stump". I'm more in to knives I can use, and I use/carry every single knife in my "collection", so instead of sitting on a shelf looking new & pretty, this one will go into my EDC rotation and be put to work.
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"American Wildlife" printing is barley visible on the main blade, but it IS there. Also hard to see in this photo are use/sharpening scratches on the massive, 3/4" wide spey. Not pristine, but a very usable knife.
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The "American Wildlife" print is just barely a shadow on the blade, but if you hold your mouth right, (a fave saying of my dad's), you can still read it.
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Re: American Wildlife Series

Postby Vit_213 » Mon May 04, 2015 10:00 pm

MALLARD DUCK No. 17A
Surprised, the handsome and clever mallard, with a swift beating of wings, rises up over a marsh while emitting a series of startled quacks that diminish as it heads toward a distant pond. On wing they perform miracles of maneuver.
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Re: American Wildlife Series

Postby Vit_213 » Mon May 04, 2015 10:02 pm

RING-NECKED PHEASANT No. 17D
Its brilliant plumage, short colorful wings, white collared neck and long tapering tail crowns the Ring-Neck as the unrivaled beauty of American game birds. The startling whirr of its rapidly beating wings, as it is flushed out of the tall grass, is a hunter's dream.
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Re: American Wildlife Series

Postby Vit_213 » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:04 am

RUNNING DEER - No. 11C
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