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

Postby Meridian_Mike » Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:56 pm

JACK OF ALL TIRADES wrote: This shorter underline of the name is said to be 1946-1950. It is the same as my new electricians knife. I have been doing a lot of reading,lately.


Good deal...
You can educate us folks that are too lazy to read.....

(see this thread..... concerning reading.)
LOL......

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

Postby JACK OF ALL TIRADES » Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:00 am

My pic is good or at least right side up until I click it.

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

Postby JACK OF ALL TIRADES » Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:31 pm

I am hoping that someone who has been reading more than a couple days would know if this pic is accurate as to date
CCAMMY 46.JPG
. I have seen the catalogs and my Electricians knife is described, in the same way from the mid 40's till late 50's, when I looked, but the pic narrows it down
CCAMMY 46.JPG

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

Postby Meridian_Mike » Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:40 pm

JACK OF ALL TIRADES wrote:My pic is good or at least right side up until I click it.


LOL.... congrats! You can read!!

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

Postby Meridian_Mike » Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:42 pm

According to my notes..... the "short line" knives are '46-'50....

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

Postby JACK OF ALL TIRADES » Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:43 pm

Meridian_Mike wrote:
JACK OF ALL TIRADES wrote:My pic is good or at least right side up until I click it.


LOL.... congrats! You can read!!

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Thats what I was told by my teacher when leaving eighth grade. What a memory from sixty fourteen years ago.

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

Postby Meridian_Mike » Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:46 pm

JACK OF ALL TIRADES wrote: Thats what I was told by my teacher when leaving eighth grade. What a memory from sixty fourteen years ago.


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Then the jealous crow cried "Cora!...Why do you mock me so? You'll always be a beauty and I, a jealous crow."
The Jealous Crow......Chris Stewart & Back Country

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

Postby Twhite » Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:49 am

My dad gave me this busted up Camillus. He kept it thinking one day he would fix it. He really likes the scales.

I was thinking of trying my hand at knife repair. I will need to keep an eye out for a 4 line doner knife. I will need the main blade and an awl.

I want to surprise him with a good working knife.
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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby Meridian_Mike » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:09 pm

The seller of this guy took my offer and it's on the way.
Poor pics but it looks like this one might be a 1941-46 time period.
It has a nick or 2 in the scales BUT the blades look full. Just needs a good clean-up.

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Then the jealous crow cried "Cora!...Why do you mock me so? You'll always be a beauty and I, a jealous crow."
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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby kootenay joe » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:02 pm

"Old" does not mean "Busted". Age and Condition do not refer to the same thing. A 100 year old knife can look brand new. Age cannot be determined by looking at the condition.
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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby Meridian_Mike » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:11 pm

Not sure if your comment was intended for me KJ, but I was placing a time period of 1941-46 on mine because of what I can see of the tang stamp. It looks like a 3 line stamp to me.
And this guy sure looks to be in good shape, all except for the spot on the blades.

LOL.... well, never mind... I see where the "busted" part of your comment was intended to go....LOL.

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Then the jealous crow cried "Cora!...Why do you mock me so? You'll always be a beauty and I, a jealous crow."
The Jealous Crow......Chris Stewart & Back Country

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

Postby kootenay joe » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:21 pm

Mike, not directed at anyone. It is something that took me years to 'get' which is why i have so many rather 'busted' knives. I think the confusion between age & condition is common among beginning collectors.
If someone had spelled this out for me a few decades ago, i would now have more 'top' examples. Money spent for 10 poor condition knives = one 'top condition' knife.
Go for the top.
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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby Meridian_Mike » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:36 pm

10-4... Yep, that is a good philosophy KJ.....

The ones I search for are the ones that are "sorta sick" and not really "busted up" I recon.... I like to doctor 'em up and get 'em goin' again.
I tell ya' what, I have learned a LOT by doing this.

Mike
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"...... are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?"

Then the jealous crow cried "Cora!...Why do you mock me so? You'll always be a beauty and I, a jealous crow."
The Jealous Crow......Chris Stewart & Back Country

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

Postby kootenay joe » Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:24 pm

"I have learned a LOT by doing this"
Me too. It is like a library of knives to refer to.
But when time comes to sell almost nobody wants them.
With better condition knives you can get some of your money back.
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Re: What is Your Latest Old Camillus? (pre-1960)

Postby Meridian_Mike » Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:56 pm

Very TRUE!
Good thing I just want to keep mine....LOL.
(I'll just let my kids give 'em away when I am gone....)

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"...... are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?"

Then the jealous crow cried "Cora!...Why do you mock me so? You'll always be a beauty and I, a jealous crow."
The Jealous Crow......Chris Stewart & Back Country


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