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How makes/made a good electrician's knife

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by mdsmith, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. mdsmith

    mdsmith

    Jan 7, 2009
    Hey guys, for some reason I've been itching to try out an electricians knife, one of those two bladed jacks with a spear point blade and flat head screw driver. I believe they are also referred to as TL-29s. I'm wondering who made or makes a good quality one. Not looking to spend too much on it, but I do want one that is good condition with good snap and no blade wobble. Any suggestions on what to look for? Thanks.
     
  2. Brian_T

    Brian_T Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 7, 1999
    GEC makes one now. It's fantastic.

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  3. Humppa

    Humppa Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    I would look at the secondary market; Camillus TL-29s are great knives. I got several, even on german fleabay, so it should be no problem getting them in the US. They can be had for really nice prices.

    Good hunt!! ;)
     
  4. smokinbasser

    smokinbasser

    755
    Jul 21, 2003
    I have been using my TL-29 I was issued in the air force in 1966. Mine is by Camillus, the screwdriver blade has a lock to prevent accidental closure. it's 47 years young and still going fine.
     
  5. KYenglish

    KYenglish

    Nov 26, 2010
    pretty much everyone has made the, I'd check out the secondary market fr old ones to try out the pattern though, they can be pocket hefty.

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    from left to right: Cas inwalnut, rehandled camillus in stag, schrade walden in ebony and a Empire in ebony

    I have not tried the new GEC yet but there is a thread about them here
     
  6. SAK Guy

    SAK Guy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Case 62031 LHR

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  7. mdsmith

    mdsmith

    Jan 7, 2009
    Thanks for the replies. I didn't know that they were made by that many different brands. The only ones I'm familiar with is the ones with the black plastic scales. I'm assuming that those were the ones issued to the military, probably made by Camillus.

    That's a cool variation SAK. I wonder what the purpose of that style blade on an electricians knife would be.
     
  8. SAK Guy

    SAK Guy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Klien makes one too with a secondary "slitting" blade.....

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  9. Planterz

    Planterz Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    Antique malls/flea markets are good places to look. In fact, you're almost guaranteed to find a TL-29, they're so ubiquitous. Whether you'll find a quality one in good condition for a reasonable price is another matter, but that's the fun of the hunt, and you'll never find one if you don't go looking.
     
  10. CJZ

    CJZ

    Dec 18, 2012
    Klein, Robeson, Case, Camillus, Colonial. I have TL's by all and they're very good knives. It's my favorite pattern. However, they're not terribly easy to find since they're out of production, so look around the bay and flea markets and you'll find them.

    My favorite is by Case.

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  11. SAK Guy

    SAK Guy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    That's a beautiful Case bro.....love the wood!
     
  12. CJZ

    CJZ

    Dec 18, 2012
    Thanks! I think it's walnut.
     
  13. Rsmith_77

    Rsmith_77

    Jun 4, 2010
    can i ask, what is the function of the teeth? its not a saw (I dont THINK?) and i dont think they are wire strippers, but i could be wrong...
     
  14. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    The teeth are for using it as a drywall saw. Actual electricians need to be able to cut holes in drywall for outlets and switch boxes. There's actually a very good video of it being used in that manner on STR's web site.

    Here's a link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRd_at4ZEWo
     
  15. Rsmith_77

    Rsmith_77

    Jun 4, 2010
    :thumbup:
    AHHh drywall saw, now that makes sense. didnt think they looked like a wood saw teeth but as you pointed out, i am no electrician so what do i know :D

    thanks for the info!
     
  16. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    Me neither, but a few years ago my mother-in-law's house was damaged by a flood and I learned a lot about what is involved in replacing drywall and electrical outlets. :) Trust me, something like that knife would have been real handy. I used a genuine drywall saw but it's a bit rough for detail work.
     
  17. leghog

    leghog

    Aug 10, 2013
    You can get a Camillus TL-29 for $20 or less by shopping, watch, and waiting. Sooner or later (sooner most likely), you'll find one for that price.

    TL-29 = Tool, Lineman Number 29 on the Set, Kit, Outfit Component List for the Army's Tool Kit, Lineman's. Current kit is LIN: W43974, Component List: 5180-95-N48.

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    Last edited: Dec 21, 2013
  18. 67nick

    67nick Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2010
    Two of my best friends own a local electric company and I bought them both one of the new GEC's. After using roughly the same pattern from different makers they both said that the GEC is superior. The drywall saw is a feature they really appreciate.
     
  19. SAK Guy

    SAK Guy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    This was my first work knife back in the 70's as I helped summers at my Dad's shop....It ended up in my toolbox at home and I still have it..

    Camillus

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