Camillus Cuda?

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 Cuda?

Postby Paladin » Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:16 pm

Guys,
I have this fixed blade knife that I am told is a Camillus. Blade length is 5¾ inches and the OAL is almost 11 inches.
Anybody here recognize this as a Camillus. It doesn't say so on the knife anywhere I can see.
As always, any info will be appreciated.

Ray
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Re: Camillus Cuda?

Postby cody6268 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:56 am

Cuda is used by whoever owns Camillus now (Acme?) as a sub-brand. Other than that, I have no idea. That's one great looking knife there!

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Re: Camillus Cuda?

Postby Paladin » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:55 am

cody6268 wrote:Cuda is used by whoever owns Camillus now (Acme?) as a sub-brand. Other than that, I have no idea. That's one great looking knife there!

Thanks, Cody. I posted it over in the Q&A section and got some info there. You can check it out if you'd like to.

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Re: Camillus Cuda?

Postby zzyzzogeton » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:28 am

I think that is the CQB1.

There were several vintage fixed blade CUDAs - the CQB, the CQB1, CQB2, CQB3, CQB4, an Ek Commando style, the Arclite, maybe one or two more.

Then there ware a few CQB folders - 3 versions of the Comeback (Camillus M18514 folder, the replaceable edge M18563, and the M18513 folder),the MAXX 5.5,

The CQB versions were made with ATS-34, D2, Camillus' 0170-6C, their version of 1095,if I'm not mistaken.

CUDAs were made by Camillus, Meyerco, maybe some others.

All current CUDA knives (blue handles) and all current Camillus anything else, are made by the ACME Company, the Chinese based company that bought the rights to use the Camillus name back when they tanked.

I'm of the age that whenever I see the new Camillus knives, my first thought is Wile E. Coyote. ::mdm::

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Re: Camillus Cuda?

Postby orvet » Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:29 am

This is something I copied from Camillus' website before it went down.

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Close Quarter Battle™ (Plain Edge)

In the crowded world of production knives, Robert Terzuola’s martial designs are perfectly summed up by trademark "Nunquam Secundum" the Latin for "Second to None". Over the last two decades, Terzuola has been widely noted as an industry pioneer in the design and execution of some of the world’s finest combat-oriented handmade and production cutlery. The pragmatic, no-nonsense blades from his workbench are characterized by strength, performance and the unmistakeable look that simply defines the term "Tactical"

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
10-7/8" overall length
5-3/4" blade
5/32" blade thickness
ATS-34 blade tempered to RC59 with Camillus slik matte finish
Hand-blended black canvas Micarta handle
Stainless steel "driveless" screw construction
Lanyard hole .
Multi-position Kydex® sheath with Tek-lok and
adjustable inside the waistband "IWB" loop


Close Quarter Battle™ :: #CQB1 (Plain Edge)
MSRP $ 228.00



The MSRP gives you a bit of an indicator of the quality.
I have a couple of blanks that came from the Camillus factory sale. None of them are tang stamped.
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Re: Camillus Cuda?

Postby Paladin » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:42 am

Thanks guys. My specs match these but my sheath is canvas which causes me to believe mine is an earlier knife. I had no idea they were so pricey.
Also, the sheath I have has a pouch or a place for a stone or at least that is what it looks like.


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Re: Camillus Cuda?

Postby zzyzzogeton » Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:03 am

I think your sheath would be one of the "later" ones for the CQB1. The CQB1 by Camillus came out initially in late 1999, IIRC.

Camillus started using these green/black nylon sheaths with a stone/multitool pouch for the Becker BK7 in late 2001, and then also used them for the BK9 when it came out in 2002 and then also with the BK10 in early 2003. I would expect that they would have started using them for the CUDAs around 2002/2003 as well, when ever they ran out of the first style of sheaths. Or they may have had both types for the CQB1. They had green nylon as standard and kydex as an upgrade for the Beckers later on.

Here's pics of the BK7 and BK10 with the sheaths. Can't find my BK9 green sheath pics.
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Camillus BK7 2001 Sheath.jpg


BK10
Camillus BK10 2003 Sheath.jpg

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Re: Camillus Cuda?

Postby Vit_213 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:16 pm

Paladin wrote:Guys,
I have this fixed blade knife that I am told is a Camillus. Blade length is 5¾ inches and the OAL is almost 11 inches.
Anybody here recognize this as a Camillus. It doesn't say so on the knife anywhere I can see.
As always, any info will be appreciated.

Ray

I think this is CQB3 , which has removed the epoxy coating.
http://www.camillusknives.ru/cuda/cuda_cqb3_en.shtml
Models CQB1 and CQB2 were not stamped, but laser markings.

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Re: Camillus Cuda?

Postby Paladin » Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:45 pm

My thanks to you all for the info on this knife that was something of a mystery to me.

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