Camillus Question

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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Camillus Question

Post by Quick Steel » Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:32 pm

Can anyone tell me anything at all about this knife. There are no tang stamps. The shield reads Camillus. The master blade is etched with "Rough Cut." OAL is 4".

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Re: Camillus Question

Post by ea42 » Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:02 pm

I believe those were some of the last knives made before Camillus went out of business. I heard somewhere that the blades originally had Craftsman tang stamps which were ground off to convert the knife to a Camillus brand, but I have no way to verify that.

That's the first one I've seen with a round shield. All the others I've seen have had the oval Camillus shield.

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Re: Camillus Question

Post by Quick Steel » Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:17 pm

Thank you Eric. That is very interesting info and would explain the lack of tang stamps.
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Re: Camillus Question

Post by Vit_213 » Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:21 pm

It looks like an advertising stockman knife for Rough Cut Tobacco, but maybe it is made from leftover parts from auction.

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Post by kootenay joe » Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:14 am

Some time after Camillus closed a whole bunch of these Camillus "Rough Cut" stockman pattern knives showed up on ebay for about $20 each.
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Re: Camillus Question

Post by Quick Steel » Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:52 am

Thank you Vit and kj for your input.
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Re: Camillus Question

Post by Papa Bones » Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:38 pm

Good looking knife. I have seen them with the round shield as well as the oval shield. They also came with the jigged brown delrin handles as well as black sawcut delrin handles with the long oval Camillus shield.
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Re: Camillus Question

Post by Ripster » Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:53 am

Quick Steel wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:52 am
Thank you Vit and kj for your input.
Garry, Thanks for bringing this one up ,had seen a few around.But didn’t know a darn thing about them,until now.
Thanks to all who have shared here as well,some good stuff.
Take care ::handshake::
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