Camillus knife


Picked up an interesting knife yesterday for a buck. All metal. Has
Camillus 1960 on the base of the big blade. US on one side, with a stamped
metal pattern. Screwdriver, blade, leather awl, bottle opener and can
opener. Lanyard loop.
Something about it appealed to me. It's in great shape, and ones from that
year are selling on ebay for about $20. I put it in my trophy case next to
some other military knives. It would make a great pocket knife, but I think
I'll keep it in the case. Guess they were used a lot in Nam. Anyone have
experiences with these?
ebay "camillus folding military knife"
Reply to
SteveB
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I don't know whether the military ever issued these knives but they were quite common some years back. Had one in fact. I don't remember why I got rid of it, or whether I lost it, but looking at the picture I had a vague recollection that it was not one of my favorite pocket knives.
Cheers,
Bruce (bruceinbangkokatgmaildotcom)
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Bruce
I have a Nam era non folding Camillus knife ,it has a leather pouch with a small sharpening stone on it . The blade has "blood Grooves " each side and a saw on the back edge . The saw will cut metal as I have done it . It's has two small holes in the guard and a hexagon shaped knob on the end of the leather bound handle. Looks like it may have even been a bayonet for some type of rifle . On the blade near the guard it has Camillus N.Y. stampedon .
My Uncle brought it back from Nam late 60's , was swapped with a US soldier for some other item . He gave it to me and I still have it . Not sure if it was military issue or not.
Reply to
Kevin(Bluey)
It's an aviation survival knife, issued to aircrew of all services at the time.
Bob
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Bob
Bob ,thanks for the info ,wasnt real sure .I do recall my Uncle saying something about it regarding aircrew.
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Kevin(Bluey)
On Wed, 4 Nov 2009 08:44:12 -0700, the infamous "SteveB" scrawled the following:
I've seen and played with them, and I think whittled with one, but I never owned one. A buck is a good price.
My hiking knife is this:
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I think I gave $9, dlvd. I keep it in case I get stranded on a yacht sometime.
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Larry Jaques
"Gunner Asch" wrote
I like knives, and this one caught my eye. It's going in my kit on my ATV.
Steve
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SteveB
Add a Leatherman or Gerber multitool and you will be good to go.
Gunner
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Gunner Asch
Actually, I have an off brand one that comes in a snakeskin belt holder. Seems like good metal, as it hasn't bent or broken anything yet. I like it much better because it comes with those bits for different screws. I never saw a Leatherman that had a straight screwdriver tip or a Phillips head that wasn't trashed. This one, the bits pop in and out. I have given some to friends, and they all love them. I did manage to save two for myself.
Steve
Steve
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SteveB

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