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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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#72 BSA

Postby cody6268 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:06 pm

Always wanted a traditional whittler pattern, particularly a good one. I'd had my eye on a #72, and found this one, $14 w/free shipping on the big auction site, so I bought it--quick.

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Re: #72 BSA

Postby kootenay joe » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:19 pm

There is a very long thread somewhere here in AAPK dedicated to the Camillus #72 pattern. Have a look to see hundreds of examples.
Although Camillus called this a "whittler", it is not a "traditional whittler" which is what you state you wanted.
A whittler is defined by: 3 blades, 2 springs, in which master blade bears on both springs when open.
That said, the Camillus #72 is one of the all time greatest USA folding knife patterns, whether called a whittler or not.
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Re: #72 BSA

Postby jerryd6818 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:55 pm

The Scout version of the Camillus 72 is a 1047 and doesn't have a pattern number stamped on the pile side of the main blade's tang. That particular one was made sometime after 1976 when they stopped pinning the handles on and went to the post attachment system (look in the blade well. You'll see a ~¼" circle of the handle material sticking through the liner.) Probably '76 - early '80s or so. I predict you're going to like it. DM11 carries one just about every day and I carry one that Rob (whitebuffalo58) Frankenized for me.
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Re: #72 BSA

Postby Meridian_Mike » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:57 pm

Yep.... that thread has sold more Camillus #72's than obama sold guns back during his time in office.

(yes, I have a few)..... 72's....

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Re: #72 BSA

Postby Colonel26 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:27 pm

I don't like little knives as a rule. But the Cammillus 72 is the biggest little knife I've ever handled. I'm a fan for sure. I'm sure you'll like it.
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Re: #72 BSA

Postby jerryd6818 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:04 pm

Meridian_Mike wrote:Yep.... that thread has sold more Camillus #72's than obama sold guns back during his time in office.

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Folks just have to see for themselves what the hubbub is all about and once they get one in hand, they're hooked. :mrgreen:
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Re: #72 BSA

Postby doglegg » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:08 pm

Good pick up. I've got one of the scout models and several others in various brands that Camillus made for. I carry a 72 everyday. ::tu:: ::tu::

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Re: #72 BSA

Postby Colonel26 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:02 pm

My dad, who is not on line at all, is like me and a fan of bigger knives. But I gave him a couple of 72's a while back including one Glennbad custom. He's hooked too. He packs on a lot. It's a shame a current knife maker doesn't revive the pattern.
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Re: #72 BSA

Postby jerryd6818 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:56 pm

Colonel26 wrote: It's a shame a current knife maker doesn't revive the pattern.

I've often entertained that same thought. GEC came within a quarter inch and one more blade of doing that with the 33.
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Re: #72 BSA

Postby Meridian_Mike » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:00 pm

Definitely a nice looking knife though.... even if it's not perfect.

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Re: #72 BSA

Postby Brian Battaglia » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:21 pm

Have the same knife in my pocket and love it :)

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Re: #72 BSA

Postby Colonel26 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:33 pm

jerryd6818 wrote:
Colonel26 wrote: It's a shame a current knife maker doesn't revive the pattern.

I've often entertained that same thought. GEC came within a quarter inch and one more blade of doing that with the 33.


3 3/8 is just too small for these big mits. The 72 works for some reason, but any smaller and I can’t gwt these fingers wrapped around a knife.
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Re: #72 BSA

Postby Tsar Bomba » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:39 am

A GEC #33 "carpenter's whittler" run would go absolutely gangbusters, I have no doubt of that. Also opens up something nice like a true sabre-ground split-spring whittler on the same frame (say, under the Northfield marque). Oh well, a knifer can dream, right? ::smirk::
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Re: #72 BSA

Postby Reverand » Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:46 am

I also just bought one of these from the Great Auction site. It is my first 72 pattern knife.
As you can tell mine needs handles badly, and I need to clean the rust off these blades, but it has great snap and tight blades.
I am thinking about trying to put stag handles on it, but I haven’t worked with stag yet. If not, I have some great black micarta, but I think this knife needs something better than that.
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Re: #72 BSA

Postby jerryd6818 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:28 am

By the way, it's okay to say eBay on AAPK.
Ah, yes. You got one with the old "shrinkie dink" handles. That one is probably from the '50s - very early '60s.

Here is some handle options.

Rob swapped out the blades on this one and you would have to ask him but I think that's Whitetail antler handles.
Camillus 72 Frankenknife from whitebuffalo58 - Labeled.JPG


Self explanatory
Stag Handles by Bob Picklesimer (Elvis) - Labeled.JPG

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