Camillus Boy Scout Knives

Discussion in 'Camillus Collector's Forum' started by Rick1955, Feb 23, 2001.

  1. Rick1955

    Rick1955

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    May 6, 2000
    I am trying to get some information on the relationship between Camillus and the Boy Scouts of America with regard to Camillus being contracted to make "official" Boy Scout Knives. I have read some of the information written by Bernard Levine and Dexter Ewing but I am looking for more detail.

    Can anyone help?

    Thanks


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  2. Alan2112

    Alan2112

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    Jan 2, 2001
    This want help you, becuase hardly any info was given on the Scout part. The last issue of Knives Illustrated had a great article in there titled "The Quiet Giant of Knifedom", a brief history of the company(Camillus). I hope someone answers your question, I'm interested in collecting scout models. RKBA!
     
  3. Will Fennell

    Will Fennell

    Oct 4, 1998
    Rick,
    What info are you looking for? I will be glad to attempt to help you with more specifics. Thanks for the interest!

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  4. CAMCO

    CAMCO Moderator Moderator

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    Dec 29, 1999

    Camillus Cutlery Company has been manufacturing "Official" Boy Scout knives for
    more than fifty years. During the late 1940's
    Camillus made the 4 blade "Scout" knife that is easily identified by a two piece can-opener. Other knives made by Camillus include the 3 blade whittler (model #1047),
    Cub Scout (model #1885), Norman Rockwell series and several other models. Let me know
    what knives you are interested in and I will research our records.
    Tom Williams
    Camillus Cutlery Co.
    Historian
     
  5. Rick1955

    Rick1955

    358
    May 6, 2000
    Thanks. I have emailed you specifics. I appreciate it!



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  6. shengq

    shengq

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    Aug 17, 1999
    Hi Mr.Williams,

    Could you pls tell me if it is true that all camillus scout knives with a two piece can-opener were made during late 1940's? I have such a knife and I have long been wondering when it was made. Thank you very much!

    Sheng
     
  7. Rick1955

    Rick1955

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    May 6, 2000
    Does anyone know if there was every an official Boy Scout "Barlow" pocketknife?

    If not, if there is anyone from Camillus reading here, I think that a BSA Barlow knife would be a great idea. It is a very traditional design, provides two cutting blades, and is a very strong and utilitarian knife.

    Just a question and an opinion.

    Thanks.


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  8. Leanwolf

    Leanwolf

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    Mar 18, 2001
    Mr. Williams, I also have one with the two piece can opener. On the spear point knife blade is "Camillus" with a line beneath it, and "New York". On the other side of the blade is the number "99."

    I got the knife many years ago, from my uncle who had been a Boy Scout, and also a Marine in the South Pacific, during WWII. He bought it for me when I went into the Scouts in 1950. (Later, I was an Eagle Scout.)

    Thanks. L.W.

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  9. CAMCO

    CAMCO Moderator Moderator

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    Dec 29, 1999
    Camillus primarily used the two piece can-opener on the four blade camp knives, including the official B.S.A. knives, from 1946 to 1948. In 1948 we began using the one
    piece can-opener that is still used today.
    Tom Williams
    Camillus Cutlery Co.
    Historian

     
  10. Vit_213

    Vit_213

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    Feb 4, 2011
    I decided to update this old topic, because it is interesting for me and, I am sure, for many members here.
    Invite all collectors to post here pictures of their Camillus BSA knives and share any information.
    Also I hope to see a lot of interesting informations from Tom and Phil :).

    My collection of knives while very small, but I hope in time will be more.

    Camillus Cub Scout Camp Knife #C1885
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    Camillus Cub Scout Utility Knife #BSA883
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    Camillus BSA Whittler #C1047
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    Camillus BSA Mini Lockbacks #C1065 (patterns 5761 & 5818)
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  11. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
  12. Vit_213

    Vit_213

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    Feb 4, 2011
    I have a few questions about BSA Norman Rockwell knives.
    What year started this series? How many different Norman Rockwell knives were issued by Camillus?
    I know the models:
    #BSA1002 "Tomorrow's Leader" (when?)
    #BSA830 "Guiding Hand" (2000-2001)
    #BSA831 "Adventure Trail" (2001-2002)
    #BSA832 "Daily Good Turn" (2002-2003)
    #BSA834 "Man Of Tomorrow" (2004-2005)

    When produced and what part numbers have a models "On My Honor", "All Together", "A Scout Is Helpful" ?
     
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  13. Vit_213

    Vit_213

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    Feb 4, 2011
    My new acquisition - 75th Anniversary BSA knife

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    How many were produced these knives ?
    What number was this model?
     
  14. Phil Gibbs

    Phil Gibbs Cutlery Student Platinum Member

    Nov 11, 1998
    Nice find Vitali!
    Sorry, but I have no recollection of the numbers :eek:
     
  15. Vit_213

    Vit_213

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    Feb 4, 2011
    Thank you, Phil! :)
    Maybe Tom has some records or recollection on this? ...
     
  16. CAMCO

    CAMCO Moderator Moderator

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    Dec 29, 1999
    The pattern number of this knife is a #5650. I can not tell you the model number because I can not locate the S-Card. Production of these knives began in December of 1984.
    Tom Williams
     
  17. Vit_213

    Vit_213

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    Feb 4, 2011
    Norman Rockwell Commemorative BSA Knife #BSA1002

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    Q: What year was this done?
     
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  18. Vit_213

    Vit_213

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    Feb 4, 2011
    Camillus BSA Single Blade Lockback #C1066

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  19. Vit_213

    Vit_213

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    Feb 4, 2011
    I bought this knife on ebay for $ 33. I spent a lot time and patience for clean this knife, but still have not finished it.

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    A fragment of journal "Boys' Life" (may 1947)

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  20. Vit_213

    Vit_213

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    Feb 4, 2011
    Camillus BSA Eagle Scout Knife #1995

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