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Which Camillus is this?

Discussion in 'Camillus Collector's Forum' started by deadin, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. deadin


    Apr 11, 2019
    I've had this knife for a number of years and just ran across it again a few weeks ago. It needs a scabbard, so I suppose I should find out just what I have before looking for one.

    Here are a couple of pictures:

    Note: The crossguard has no markings. (I have more pictures if needed)

  2. ScottK

    ScottK Gold Member Gold Member

    May 25, 1999
    Looks like a USN Mark 1.
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  3. sac troop

    sac troop

    Mar 4, 2009
    Yes it is. They first came with leather scabbards. Camillus supplied them in a variety of leather scabbards made for them by different sub-contractors. About 9/13/44 they switched to plastic scabbards made by Beckwith manufacturing company (marked B.M. Co./ MK1.) Both types of original scabbards are getting pretty hard to find on their own, and can get a bit pricey. Still if you do some homework on the correct type scabbard and keep your eyes open you can still get lucky.
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  4. David Martin

    David Martin Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    The 2nd type sheath he ^ mentions,-- I posted a photo of one in the topic, Camillus mark II. DM
  5. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    I think they May have shipped without scabbards and then got paired with scabbards at the supply depo. I say this because I’ve seen them packed in cosmoline and butcher paper. NOS. Not a Camillus but the same knife by a different supplier PAL 11823F73-BE41-4E9E-8D09-75939D28A479.jpeg DCB116CD-52FC-4F18-8262-7A3C872D56B0.jpeg 3B60B0D0-E67F-4D8B-BF05-F5E697F282BA.jpeg B6CBDE4A-F78C-44E9-A275-60A41CDDC1DD.jpeg 03B2E3E3-5C37-476B-9895-2D77D6C98C71.jpeg

    Camillus may have been different but I wouldn’t get hung up on a specific Camillus sheath. Any mk1 sheath would be correct IMHO.

    Another reason I think they were mated with sheaths at the depo is some had lefty leather sheaths.

    So they would requisition the knife and what ever scabbard that was needed.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019
  6. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    20CE8E84-E758-45A1-8E8F-B3511A0A2F1B.jpeg KaBar is currently making a copy of the USN deck knife it comes with a nice copy of the leather sheath with the USN stamped at the throat. You can probably buy just the sheath from them.

    The green hard shell NORD sheaths are nice. But are hard to find especially alone without a knife and tend to scratch the blades up.

    Nice knife you have. It looks unissued. So a worn old original sheath would look mismatched. IMHO.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019

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