Camillus 23

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Camillus 23

Postby Jeffinn » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:29 am

I had one of these knives last year. I cleaned it up and installed some new bone handles on it and then promptly sold it. I regretted selling that knife almost as soon as it left my possession.
I went on a purchasing binge recently for another Camillus 23 and found one on E-bay, then I found another one on an AAPK store, then one more on E-bay again. all of them were fairly priced so now I have an abundance of nice Camillus 23 knives for projects.
I cleaned this one up and re-handled it in a mahogany bone. For this particular bone I've noticed that it goes to a lighter color if you sand the top more than a bit. Its not a problem, the color is still nice just not a deep as you would expect for mahogany.
Still not too shabby;
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Re: Camillus 23

Postby FRJ » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:42 am

That looks great, Jeff. Nice job.
As near as I can tell, all 23s need to be recovered. Camillus put some unstable material on the ones I have seen.
The 23 is a fine, strong knife. I have two that were recovered by Muskrat Man.
You have given that one a new life. ::tu::

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Re: Camillus 23

Postby doglegg » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:08 am

Another great job Jeffinn. That is a great little knife and now with both stable and beautiful scales. ::tu:: ::tu::

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Re: Camillus 23

Postby orvet » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:34 am

Nice job Jeff! Those 23s are awesome knives! One wonders why they put such lousy covers on them? ::shrug::

I think the mahogany color from Culpeper's may vary a little bit from batch to batch. I have used it and had it come out to look a shade or two darker than the Amber, however yours looks a shade or two lighter than Amber, or maybe it's just my screen.
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Re: Camillus 23

Postby cody6268 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:04 am

I've got to get one myself. It's a big ole' knife, so good for heavy work as much as it is EDC. Still looking for one sub-$20 that doesn't have worn/heavily sharpened blades. On older examples, you see basically every one of them with yellowed/shrunken handles. I guess they chose the celluloid material because it was cheap, seeing as almost all of them have advertising for a felt (for rollers in paper mills) or paper products company.

Great rescale job on that one! I'm thinking ebony when I get one in.

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Re: Camillus 23

Postby Landersknives » Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:25 am

Jeffinn wrote:I had one of these knives last year. I cleaned it up and installed some new bone handles on it and then promptly sold it. I regretted selling that knife almost as soon as it left my possession.
I went on a purchasing binge recently for another Camillus 23 and found one on E-bay, then I found another one on an AAPK store, then one more on E-bay again. all of them were fairly priced so now I have an abundance of nice Camillus 23 knives for projects.
I cleaned this one up and re-handled it in a mahogany bone. For this particular bone I've noticed that it goes to a lighter color if you sand the top more than a bit. Its not a problem, the color is still nice just not a deep as you would expect for mahogany.


Great job Jeffin! I did a 23 last year. I hope you don’t mind I will share with you what I finally did with mine.
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Re: Camillus 23

Postby doglegg » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:28 am

Landersknives wrote:
Jeffinn wrote:I had one of these knives last year. I cleaned it up and installed some new bone handles on it and then promptly sold it. I regretted selling that knife almost as soon as it left my possession.
I went on a purchasing binge recently for another Camillus 23 and found one on E-bay, then I found another one on an AAPK store, then one more on E-bay again. all of them were fairly priced so now I have an abundance of nice Camillus 23 knives for projects.
I cleaned this one up and re-handled it in a mahogany bone. For this particular bone I've noticed that it goes to a lighter color if you sand the top more than a bit. Its not a problem, the color is still nice just not a deep as you would expect for mahogany.


Great job Jeffin! I did a 23 last year. I hope you don’t mind I will share with you what I finally did with mine.

Great picture show Ed. I have not liked that pattern handle on other knives I've seen but I sure like it on this one. Great job. ::nod:: ::tu::

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Re: Camillus 23

Postby Jeffinn » Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:39 pm

Landersknives wrote:
Jeffinn wrote:I had one of these knives last year. I cleaned it up and installed some new bone handles on it and then promptly sold it. I regretted selling that knife almost as soon as it left my possession.
I went on a purchasing binge recently for another Camillus 23 and found one on E-bay, then I found another one on an AAPK store, then one more on E-bay again. all of them were fairly priced so now I have an abundance of nice Camillus 23 knives for projects.
I cleaned this one up and re-handled it in a mahogany bone. For this particular bone I've noticed that it goes to a lighter color if you sand the top more than a bit. Its not a problem, the color is still nice just not a deep as you would expect for mahogany.


Great job Jeffin! I did a 23 last year. I hope you don’t mind I will share with you what I finally did with mine.


That turned out great Ed!
I used that style of handle on another knife I did (reverse worm groove I believe, mine was wine colored). It’s an unusual pattern but I like it!
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Re: Camillus 23

Postby Jeffinn » Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:45 pm

orvet wrote:Nice job Jeff! Those 23s are awesome knives! One wonders why they put such lousy covers on them? ::shrug::

I think the mahogany color from Culpeper's may vary a little bit from batch to batch. I have used it and had it come out to look a shade or two darker than the Amber, however yours looks a shade or two lighter than Amber, or maybe it's just my screen.
Nice job regardless!


Thanks Dale! It’s not your screen, definitely a shade or two lighter than Amber.
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Re: Camillus 23

Postby Jeffinn » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:03 pm

cody6268 wrote:I've got to get one myself. It's a big ole' knife, so good for heavy work as much as it is EDC. Still looking for one sub-$20 that doesn't have worn/heavily sharpened blades. On older examples, you see basically every one of them with yellowed/shrunken handles. I guess they chose the celluloid material because it was cheap, seeing as almost all of them have advertising for a felt (for rollers in paper mills) or paper products company.

Great rescale job on that one! I'm thinking ebony when I get one in.


Thanks! The last three I bought were all in the $20-$30 range. All had great blades, crappy handles and just needed a little TLC. I’m thinking maybe smooth or jigged white bone for one of them. The other one may get done in Micarta. I haven’t worked with that material yet and want to give it a try.
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Re: Camillus 23

Postby Jeffinn » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:03 pm

FRJ wrote:That looks great, Jeff. Nice job.
As near as I can tell, all 23s need to be recovered. Camillus put some unstable material on the ones I have seen.
The 23 is a fine, strong knife. I have two that were recovered by Muskrat Man.
You have given that one a new life. ::tu::

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Re: Camillus 23

Postby Jeffinn » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:04 pm

doglegg wrote:Another great job Jeffinn. That is a great little knife and now with both stable and beautiful scales. ::tu:: ::tu::

Thank you for the kind words!
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Re: Camillus 23

Postby herbva » Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:33 pm

Beautiful job on both knives guys! 23's are one of my favorites - built like a tank and very affordable. Ed, what is the name of the color and pattern of the bone you used? (I can't quite make it out in your picture that shows the empty plastic envelope.) Here are a couple that I rehandled quite some time ago. The top one is Bolivian Rosewood and the bottom one is Leopardwood. You guys have inspired me. I think I may try doing one in stag next. Best regards.

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Re: Camillus 23

Postby doglegg » Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:54 pm

Herb those two turned out really knice. ::tu::

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Re: Camillus 23

Postby FRJ » Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:10 pm

Nice job on those beautiful wood handles, Herb.

I have to have someone replace mine for me. I asked Muskrat Man to do the job.
Here is my short line 23.
Smooth white bone.
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