The title of this post was Camillus Cutlery's self-proclaimed credo for a long time. How long was it true? Long time, I find. Here is a pretty beat up little knife with a broken off blade. Tang stamp tells me it is a Fred Biffar. Biffar was based in chicago. In the early 1900s, he was Sears, Roebuck gun department manager. Between 1917-1922, he sold knives with his name as the brand or, 'Dixie Switch' (the tang stamp). In 1928 he had a large mail order business, selling guns, knives, outdoors equipment. He ended his working career as the treasurer of a jewelry company. This old knife, according to Levine's, was made by Camillus. Mr. Levine tells someone at least once a week at his forum that the name on the tang is probably not the maker of a knife, but it is the brand. Camillus made it possible for large firms and small ones (like Biffar) to get into the knife business for a realtively small investment.