1. Welcome to the New & Improved BladeForums. New software info here. Please report problems in Tech Support, and read existing threads before posting! - Spark
  2. I've changed the default forum style to Flat Awesome based on feedback. Don't like it? Click here to change how the forums look Feedback on this is welcome here.

Camillus Electrician's Knife

Discussion in 'Camillus Collector's Forum' started by Guyon, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2000
    Doing some wiring in my kitchen and thought folks might like to see this Camillus electrician's knife that is still serving me well. Has a main cutting blade and a locking screwdriver blade.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. edbeau

    edbeau

    Jan 20, 2006
    No black scales? No bail? Never saw one that color before. Is that one with a company name on the scale on the other side? It is a very good useful knife and if not abused will work for a long time.
     
  3. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2000
    No company name or logo. Just the Camillus blade stamp on the main blade.
     
  4. xbxb

    xbxb Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    At one time Channel Lock had some knives made for them ---- I think that color---- and the blade etch said something about racing.-----I think.
     
  5. citytransplant

    citytransplant

    216
    Apr 12, 2008
    Since I began my obsession with Camillus knives over 3 years ago, I've bought and sold a small number of the baby-blue handled electrician knives. All had the Channellock etch on blade and had race car driver Sammy Swindell's signature engraved in the handle. I believe each had a shackle. They usually fetch between $20-$30 in the Bay.
     
  6. desmobob

    desmobob

    May 5, 2003
    That's a nice one, Guyon!

    I just picked one up today in excellent shape. It's a later version with so-so fit and finish, but it was unsharpened and lightly used. I put a nice mildly-convex edge on it and it's scary sharp now. The following is a scan, not a photo, so the blades look kind of dull and gray:

    [​IMG]

    When I was a young kid, I only remember ever seeing two folding knives in the house (my dad was NOT an outdoor type or the least bit mechanically inclined). They were both in the tomato basket my dad used as a tool box. One was a cheap Barlow pattern, and the other was an electrician's knife. Even as a young boy, I could sense the elelctrician's knife was a quality item while the Barlow was of low grade, like most of my dad's tools. :)

    It's funny that I never had an interest in picking up either of these patterns until lately. The Camillus will satisfy my desire for the electrician's pattern. I haven't thought too much about a Barlow, although I've looked hard at Northfield versions from Great Eastern Cutlery.

    Stay sharp,
    desmobob
     
  7. citytransplant

    citytransplant

    216
    Apr 12, 2008
    Its beauty lies in its simplicity.

    A general adage I try to use as a rule of thumb in life (be it relationships, entrepreneurial endeavors, or knives) is that "if it's not practical, it prolly wont last." The electrician knife supports this fundamental principle.
     
  8. TheGoldenWalrus

    TheGoldenWalrus

    433
    Jul 16, 2011
    i just bought one of these the other day at a thrift store.... it says camillus new york on the main blade, nothing on the other.... both blades are tight in place so i figure thats a good sign.... they were still dull..... the only sign of use i found on it was a few little smudges and some form of rust or somthing on the main blade..... other then that perfect condition.....

    i also bought a camco barlow knife a short time before this one that one was definently heavily used
     
  9. Ballenxj

    Ballenxj

    Oct 30, 2010
    I was recently given one in excellent shape that looks a lot like the one in your scan. It currently resides in my pocket. ;)
    -Bruce
     
  10. Groove

    Groove

    877
    May 3, 2011
    I found two of these in an old Air Force warehouse that my company leases, both are etched with toolbox numbers on the handle and the tang stamps are camillus and "OK". Not sure who made the OK knife. Both look as if they've never been sharpened. Score!
     
  11. Rocky1927

    Rocky1927

    22
    Aug 6, 2011
    I've carried a black handled one everyday since I was a kid. A few years ago I found three for sale new in the box for five bucks apiece and snapped them up as replacements for when I wear my old one out.

    Quite possibly the most useful knife I've ever owned.
     
  12. Ballenxj

    Ballenxj

    Oct 30, 2010
    Mine is in my pocket as we speak. ;)
    -Bruce
     
  13. Zecpull Firearms

    Zecpull Firearms

    1
    Sep 27, 2011
    I love my Camillus Electirians knife, mine has been well used. I think I even filed a groove into the bottom of the screwdriver blade to strip wire. And yes it will take a Wicked sharp edge.
     
  14. t1mpani

    t1mpani Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    Well, I'm know I'm pulling this one up from the dead, but that's already been done once to it, so I don't feel so bad. ;)

    I'm currently cleaning one up for a friend of mine and am not really familiar with them. I can see that the screwdriver blade has a bit of a knife-like primary grind on it----was this secondary blade meant to be really sharp, or more of a scraping blade? Chisel edge bevel or V? I just don't want to get it wrong. :)
     
  15. edbeau

    edbeau

    Jan 20, 2006
    Any one I got while I was in the Air Force the screwdriver blade wasn't sharp. There is a grind but it is at a non sharp angle. I guess it is meant for scraping as you mentioned.
     
  16. t1mpani

    t1mpani Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    Cool, thank you much. :)
     
  17. t1mpani

    t1mpani Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    That's helpful too... Hmmm, perhaps I'll go for sharp but not AS sharp as the main blade.
     
  18. thatotherguy

    thatotherguy

    Oct 9, 2011
    I think that edge was intended for smacking through heavy plastic insulation on cables, so you didn't mess up your main edge
     
  19. t1mpani

    t1mpani Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    That makes sense---I ended up making it sharp enough to cut you if you push on it, but a long ways from hair-flinging. The owner seems pleased, at any rate. :)
     

Share This Page