Camillus Electrician's Knife

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

  1. edbeau


    Jan 20, 2006
    JK, that is an interesting change to the screwdriver blade. I think it would be more useful.
  2. 300Bucks

    300Bucks Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cami TL-29s are a sideline for me. This is my best one to date.....300Bucks


    This scale color is nice also. I am pretty sure the Craftsman versions were also Camillus made.

  3. nphelps4130


    Aug 23, 2006
    I bought a Camillus Electrician's knife at an antique store in Woodstock, NY last year for $15. It is like Guyon's on page one, Channellock blue, but also with a bail, Channellock racing etch on blade as xbxb noted, some patina, minor edge chips, etc but still good useful condition.

    I sharpened it up and have been using it for 'nastier' jobs. The utility of that locking screwdriver is just endless. Great knife!
  4. W.M.B.


    Oct 11, 2013
    I just bought a black handled one from a local antique store. My wife should know never to send me to such a place:)
    Im considering re-handleing it. it is in good condition, a few nicks on the handle scales, but i think it is the factory edge. what do you think, bad move?. Ive got a bit of stag in the shop that might make this thing pretty cool. of course, i may end up destroying it in the process, but its prolly never going to be worth more than the 25 i dropped on it to begin with, so why not, right?
  5. edbeau


    Jan 20, 2006
    There are threads on the forum where people have added new scales to the knife and they look good. Hope you find out how to post pictures after you are done.
  6. radiance62


    Feb 14, 2015
    I have this exact same knife. I know nothing about knives, I just know that over years I have bought many of them because they are nice and I love old things. I am an old woman and just use them around the house or camping, or just to look at.

    I know NOTHING about knives, so I was glade to find out this is an electricians knife. What else should I know about it?
    My blades are tight, I have the leather case and the knife appears in excellant condition to me.

    I have many knives I have bought through the years and just finally decided to see what I can find out about each. Tonight is my first time on this site.

  7. Ballenxj


    Oct 30, 2010
    I finally got around to taking some photos of mine to post here. :)
  8. hatch


    Jan 13, 2012
    Looks like a V grind. Bought an old one yesterday to replace one I lost years ago. My guess is that the semi-sharp blade is for cutting the plastic coating on electrical wire without cutting the wire itself. I sharpened mine up a little. There is an unsharpened round notch at the base of the blade for stripping the coating. Both blades are in good shape and have half-stops, and the springs are super strong. In fact, I can barely get the wire blade open. Working on it right now. I like the brass liner lock on that one. Reminds me of my old Camillus Cub Scout knife. Just took a couple of minutes to get the spear blade wicked sharp. I think I got a real quality tool for 9 bucks.
  9. deltaboy


    Jul 6, 2014
    I wish I still had my Callimus but I broke it one day on the job .
  10. hexenjager

    hexenjager Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2016
    Up until a little over a year ago one of these was my EDC knife. Handled most tasks I needed, not too heavy in the pocket. They're great knives.
  11. FatCity67


    Sep 22, 2013
    Picked up this nice user at the flea market for a $1. Appears to have just sat in a tool box rattling around and never used much if at all.



  12. deltaboy


    Jul 6, 2014
  13. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    This model knife has a military lineage. Going back to WWII It's official name is TL-29 I believe. It was part of a kit that a radio operator would have. It was a leather sheath that held linesman pliers ( with bare metal handles) and the pocket knife in a pocket between the pliers handles. In Vietnam the sheath became sinthetic because the leather rotted in the jungle.

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