What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

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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What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby orvet » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:35 pm

One of my favorite topics in the Schrade forum is What is Your Latest Old Schrade?
It occurs to me that we should have a What is Your Latest Old Camillus? I suppose it might be helpful to define old by pre-1960, roughly.

I will started out by posting a Camillus Coke Bottle Hunter that I picked up recently.
The tang stamp is CAMILLUS/CUTLERY CO./NEW-YORK
Goins' dates this tang stamp as circa 1915-1918 with serif letters, which this stamp has. The tang stamp is light, but with a magnifying glass it is pretty clear. This knife has steel beautiful big shield is nickel silver. I love the double swedge grind on both sides of this blade, clear down to the match striker pull. The blade is about 1/4" short but it has good snap on opening and closing, and at the half stop. The wood appears to be ebony.

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I hope you enjoy the pictures and I hope to see your Latest Old Camillus posted soon!
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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby Eye Brand Man » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:02 pm

Nice! ::tu:: Love these big ole folding hunters and that bid shield with ebony is classy.
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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby kennedy knives » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:24 pm

Nice ::tu::

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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby gsmith7158 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:39 pm

Here's the last one I picked up. A Sword Brand lockback. It's a little rough around the edges but still a sold old swing guard.
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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby KnifeSlinger#81 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:47 pm

Beautiful old coke bottle Dale ::tu::

I'd say a good cutoff time period for knives in this thread would be any camillus with pre-delrin era handles. That's sort of of the unspoken criteria in the schrade thread at least, but schrade also switched over to swinden at that time which was a bigger change than just switching to delrin alone.
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Some camillus knives for trade:
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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby FRJ » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:00 pm

Beautiful old Hunter, Dale. ::tu:: Love that silver and Ebony.

Here is a swell center, swing guard, lock back. 4 5/8".

A four line Camillus. 1919-1941
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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby FRJ » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:03 pm

Gee, that's a good lookin' knife, Greg. :lol:

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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby gsmith7158 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:05 pm

FRJ wrote:Gee, that's a good lookin' knife, Greg. :lol:

I was going to say the same about yours Joe! :D
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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby KnifeSlinger#81 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:13 pm

You boys sure have some nice ones. I find myself needing to know the plural of camillus. Would it be camilli, camilluses...?

Here's one of mine, a sawcut bone 51.

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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby doglegg » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:14 pm

KnifeSlinger#81 wrote:You boys sure have some nice ones. I find myself needing to know the plural of camillus. Would it be camilli, camilluses...?

Here's one of mine, a sawcut bone 51.

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You a funny man, with a nice Camillus.

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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby FRJ » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:22 pm

Nice Barlow, Paul.

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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby FRJ » Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:59 am

Here's a neat old Congress 92 with some black jigged composite covers. 4 1/8" closed.
It's got that easy, smooth Camillus action.
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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby orvet » Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:20 am

KnifeSlinger#81 wrote:Beautiful old coke bottle Dale ::tu::

I'd say a good cutoff time period for knives in this thread would be any camillus with pre-delrin era handles. That's sort of of the unspoken criteria in the schrade thread at least, but schrade also switched over to swinden at that time which was a bigger change than just switching to delrin alone.



Agreed. That's why I chose the 1960-ish date, because it was shortly after that time that Camillus began using Delrin. I think Schrade may have started using Delrin a year or two before Camillus but it was the early 1960s when Camillus began using Delrin. I may have a more precise date than that somewhere in my interview notes with Tom Williams, but as I recall he was not 100% certain, his date was an approximate time.
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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby orvet » Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:34 am

This is a new model to me. I have a few Camillus Granddaddy Barlow #9s but this is the only Sword Brand model #1000 that I recall seeing. I am reasonably certain it predates World War II and though I'm not sure by how many years.
This knife has bear trap snap open, closing and at half stop. As much leverage as the forward placement of that nail that gives you, you want to take care of your thumbnail when opening this knife! The color of the bone is interesting also, it appears to be just a surface coat of dye that was applied to handles and then partially removed when the knife was hafted. Holding this knife in my hand and feeling the weight of it reminds me that this was a pattern created for hard work! ::nod::

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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby KnifeSlinger#81 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:58 am

Dale that one is sweet.
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Looking for mint GEC 81 abilene stockmans and mint GEC slant bolster 82 dixie stockmans

Some camillus knives for trade:
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