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Camillus Electricians knife
« on: February 22, 2021, 12:01:38 PM »
A few weeks ago I picked up this Camillus electricians knife at a local gun show.  It is an older one made when Camillus was in New York and long before their name was being put on $5 knives from China.

Nothing real special about this folder.  It has a 2 1/2" folding blade and a screwdriver.  The screwdriver  blade has a dull edge that could be sharpened if one wanted to.  It is kind of a handy knife to carry around the farm.  The screwdriver blade is held by a liner lock when open.  The knife blade is a simple friction folder.  Very tight on this one too, a fingernail breaker if you are not careful when using the nail nick.  I have seen some of these knives with a metal loop on the end to fasten to a clip but this one has no sign of one being on it.  The handle is some type of plastic, Delrin perhaps, but feels good in the hand.  The liner lock is brass and protrudes from the knife in a manner making it easy to use with your thumb. 

The knife is 3 5/8" closed and 6 3/8" long with the screwdriver blade open and locked.  Model is a TL 29 I think and the steel is carbon steel, either 1095 or 0170-6C depending on when it was made.  These were supplied to the military under contract and were regarded as well made knives.

The Camillus is the black knife in the photo.  The other is a Grohman belt knife I posted earlier.   



I was happy with how this one cleaned up and have been carrying it in a small belt sheath.  It seems to be quite easy to sharpen and holds its edge well so far.  I was cutting a lot of cardboard boxes down to throw away the other day and it was still pretty sharp when I finished.  In some ways it reminds my of my old Boy Scout knife without all the other blades probably due to the shape of the knife blade.  I got this one for $8.00.  I see them online for $2.25 plus shipping on the low end to well over $125 if in as new or unused condition.  :-\

Boker made a knife almost exactly like this one, a model 9229 with a different brown handle material.  I don't know who copied whom.
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Re: Camillus Electricians knife
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2021, 12:33:44 PM »
Can't tell you how many of those I went through during my time in the Navy.  They are a very handy knife.

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Re: Camillus Electricians knife
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2021, 01:51:04 PM »
I always thought that would be a useful design and came close to actually buying one a couple of times....not yet, though.  I was drawn to the longer screwdriver blade more than anything else.  Fortunately, you found an older Camillus with a carbon blade in great shape! :thumbsup:    I haven't, so far.  I did a quick search for a similar knife with carbon steel blades and what looks to be a pretty decent clone for just a little more than what you paid.  It's from an electrical supply outfit, so it might be a decent substitute...

https://www.cableranch.com/gardner-bender-kf-200-2-in-1-electricians-knife-carbon-steel/?utm_campaign=gs-2019-02-18&utm_source=google&utm_medium=smart_campaign&gclid=CjwKCAiAyc2BBhAaEiwA44-wW87yXvok0MmBHVja_X0DTc-qIEq5F3O6pZwJ-AxawrRj-zeUDexrLBoCwucQAvD_BwE
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Re: Camillus Electricians knife
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2021, 03:34:22 PM »
There are quite a few on evilbay right now and some are pretty low priced.  Hard to tell how good some are but a couple of them look okay. 

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2060353.m570.l1311&_nkw=camillus+electrician+knife&_sacat=0
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Re: Camillus Electricians knife
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2021, 01:07:40 AM »
US Navy standard issue for many years. Brought one home with me for EDC. A few years later, it was accidentally planted in a pasture somewhere.
It never germinated, so it was defective in that regard. Just like the Vise Grips and Crescent wrenches.
They are all biodegradable though, because they never show up again. And fast too. Just a few minutes and there is no trace of them.

After the TL29 I moved to the Shrade 340T for EDC. Always kind of missed the screwdriver/mini prybar of the TL29 though.

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Re: Camillus Electricians knife
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2021, 07:23:20 AM »
Nice, Stan. I've got a couple those electrician's knives. One belonged to my father-in-law... seems like it is a Cattaraugus. I picked up the the pliers and leather pouch that holds the knife and pliers.

I really like the Grohman!
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Re: Camillus Electricians knife
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2021, 08:28:34 AM »
I will look up the Cattaraugus Sarge.  Wasn't aware of that one.  I like the knife but do miss the pliers so I carry a Leatherman Skeletool also. 

The Grohman is a decent pocket knife for those times you don't need a fixed blade belt knife.     Mine is relegated to cutting the strings on big round bales when unrolling them in the feed yard. 
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