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Knife identification help please

Post by Davisjerrye » Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:01 am

Cameron knife co is on the tang and is the only identifying marks on the knife. Any info about this knife would be very much appreciated
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Re: Knife identification help please

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:17 am

Davisjerrye wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:01 am
Cameron knife co is on the tang and is the only identifying marks on the knife. Any info about this knife would be very much appreciated image.jpgimage.jpg
My Richie & Stewart 5th edition says Cameron was in business from 1900-1920. I would call it a serpentine stock knife with awl, and gold glitter synthetic (celluloid?) handle material. It also appears that the master clip blade has been tipped and reprofiled.
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Re: Knife identification help please

Post by Davisjerrye » Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:43 am

Thank you very much

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Re: Knife identification help please

Post by edge213 » Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:29 am

Definitely celluloid. Outgassing celluloid.
I would say it was closer to Christmas tree.
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Re: Knife identification help please

Post by Ridgegrass » Thu Apr 29, 2021 11:50 am

Levine and Price say, " c.1920". No other info. J.O'.

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Re: Knife identification help please

Post by Davisjerrye » Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:37 pm

Thank you all. What does it mean when you say the celluloid is out gassing? What would the value of a knife like this be, considering the clip blade may have been “re-profiled”?
Thank you in advance, Jerry

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Post by edge213 » Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:31 pm

There is a lot of information on AAPK about celluloid outgassing.
Just search "outgassing".
In short, some celluloid will give of a gas (nitric acid, I believe?). The cell breaks down, cracks and falls apart.
It also "eats up" the brass, causes blade rust and discolors nickel silver.

If you look closely at the shield and pins it looks like it's starting to discolor.
I love celluloid knives. I would only give about $10 for one like this.
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Re: Knife identification help please

Post by BWT » Thu Apr 29, 2021 3:30 pm

You need to remove the handles now if it is out gassing, they will ruin the rest of the knife or any other knife in close proximity.
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