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Carbon Steel, Stacked Leather Hunters

Discussion in 'Camillus Collector's Forum' started by black mamba, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Continuing with my recent fixed blade obsession, I've assembled the triumvirate of carbon steel, stacked leather hunters from the 1960s and '70s. All three come with oak leaf tooled sheaths and cover a nice range of sizes. The 1006 is 7⅛", the 1007 is 8⅛" with fuller, and the 1008 is just over 8½". The two smaller ones are near mint, with the larger 1008 showing plenty of use, but without abuse.

  2. Bigbobg

    Bigbobg Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Loved stacked leather knives!
  3. zzyzzogeton


    Feb 17, 2013
    Those sheaths are one reason why I have always considered it highly probably that these were made for Camillus by Western - they are typical "acorn and oak leaf" sheaths that Western used thoughout the 1950s into the 1960s.

    Very similar to the (top to bottom) - K5/L66, K2/L48A and K3/L48B. The K series used a single pommel pin and did NOT have the split tang construction, whereas the equivalent L-series were still being made split tang. The Camillus knives had more bling - triple metal washers on each end, while the Ks had 3 metal washers, 1 at each end and 1 in the middle.

    The 1006/1007/1008 were in the 1965, 1972, and 1973-74 catalogs. They were replaced in the 1976 catalog by the 1011/1012/1013/1014 as the Camillus fixed blade hunting knives.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2020
  4. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    The sheaths definitely look like Western's pattern on the tooling. If the knives are also made by Western, I wonder if they have the same Chrome Vanadium steel in them, or simple 1095.
  5. zzyzzogeton


    Feb 17, 2013
    To my knowledge, Western only used their 1095CV formula and either 440B/C or 420HC, depending on the time frame in question. The didn't waste effort and money keeping multiple steel types around.
  6. David Martin

    David Martin Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Here is my PAL 36, a Rem. Hunter pattern, with original sheath. Bell pommel, stack leather handle and the blade has the thick convex grind. I suspect it is 1095 steel. DM
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  7. sac troop

    sac troop

    Mar 4, 2009
    There is an old thread here where Camco,(Tom Williams), said that there were several times over the years where Camillus made folders for Western and Western made fixed blades for Camillus.
    1095 type steel was the most common material used for WW2 fixed blade knives.

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