camillus #72

The Camillus Cutlery Company was one of the oldest knife manufacturers in the United States with roots dating back to 1876. The company manufactured Camillus branded knives and was a prolific contractor for other knife brands up until its last days in 2007 when the company filed for bankruptcy.
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Re: camillus #72

Postby gsmith7158 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:25 pm

Doc you are correct in your assumptions! ::tu:: The bone handle shortline has the second generation blade configuration but is still apretty rare find these days. Both will give you exemplary service at a bargain price. ::nod::
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Re: camillus #72

Postby DM11 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:28 pm

Doc B wrote:Until a couple of weeks ago, I was a Camillus 72 virgin. I'm happy to say, that phase of my life is over. I think I may have stumbled in to a decent deal...
First, I got the bottom, delrin handled knife, off "the bay". At $35, I don't think I got any special deal. It had been described as having excellent action; however, when I got it...all snaps were good, except for the closing of the main blade had no snap. I was torqued!!! Turns out, after cleaning and lubing, it does actually have pretty good snap. But...before I got it cleaned up...I had decided I liked the pattern enough, to try to find another one with good snap. I found the top one, in an Etsy store. I thought I was getting another Delrin one. It came today and I started noticing the differences. Bone and different tip shape to the main blade. I realize the main blade isn't full, walk & talk is about perfect. It turns out I got a bone/ short line. There really isn't much to compare / find in the sold prices, on Ebay. Am I correct it's probably from 1948-50? At $34, did I do OK?
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Re: camillus #72

Postby doglegg » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:04 pm

A bone 72, the elusive search. Congratulations. You did good. ::nod::

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Re: camillus #72

Postby jerryd6818 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:34 pm

Nothing wrong with either one of those. You did okay by yourself. ::tu::
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Re: camillus #72

Postby Doc B » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:49 pm

Thanks, Gentlemen. I have to agree with TJ's 2012 assessment and Jerry's by-line endorsement...It's pretty darn close to a perfect knife. I've enjoyed carrying the Delrin, the last week or so.
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Re: camillus #72

Postby jerryd6818 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:56 pm

Everything about it sings to me.
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Re: camillus #72

Postby Colonel26 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:00 am

Doc B wrote:Thanks, Gentlemen. I have to agree with TJ's 2012 assessment and Jerry's by-line endorsement...It's pretty darn close to a perfect knife. I've enjoyed carrying the Delrin, the last week or so.


I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but I’ll say it again. I’m not a fan of little knives. But the 72 is the biggest little knife you’ll ever use. If you’re not careful you’ll become an all out junkie like the rest of us.
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Re: camillus #72

Postby carrmillus » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:14 pm

Colonel26 wrote:
Doc B wrote:Thanks, Gentlemen. I have to agree with TJ's 2012 assessment and Jerry's by-line endorsement...It's pretty darn close to a perfect knife. I've enjoyed carrying the Delrin, the last week or so.


I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but I’ll say it again. I’m not a fan of little knives. But the 72 is the biggest little knife you’ll ever use. If you’re not careful you’ll become an all out junkie like the rest of us.

..col., I like the #72 a lot, but my favorite whittlers are the old split-backspring whittlers!!..... ::tu:: .........

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Re: camillus #72

Postby Colonel26 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:07 am

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Colonel26 wrote:
Doc B wrote:Thanks, Gentlemen. I have to agree with TJ's 2012 assessment and Jerry's by-line endorsement...It's pretty darn close to a perfect knife. I've enjoyed carrying the Delrin, the last week or so.


I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but I’ll say it again. I’m not a fan of little knives. But the 72 is the biggest little knife you’ll ever use. If you’re not careful you’ll become an all out junkie like the rest of us.

..col., I like the #72 a lot, but my favorite whittlers are the old split-backspring whittlers!!..... ::tu:: .........


I love those too, especially the bigger ones. If I ever run across one, it’s at the top of my list!
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Re: camillus #72

Postby KnifeSlinger#81 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:14 pm

Colonel26 wrote:
Doc B wrote:Thanks, Gentlemen. I have to agree with TJ's 2012 assessment and Jerry's by-line endorsement...It's pretty darn close to a perfect knife. I've enjoyed carrying the Delrin, the last week or so.


I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but I’ll say it again. I’m not a fan of little knives. But the 72 is the biggest little knife you’ll ever use. If you’re not careful you’ll become an all out junkie like the rest of us.


My favorite biggest little knife is a jr cattle, which is 1/4" shorter than the 72. For me it comes down to the flawless aesthetics of a cattle knife but both are similar in function. If I could only have a 72 I wouldn't complain one bit.
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Re: camillus #72

Postby Colonel26 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:41 am

KnifeSlinger#81 wrote:
Colonel26 wrote:
Doc B wrote:Thanks, Gentlemen. I have to agree with TJ's 2012 assessment and Jerry's by-line endorsement...It's pretty darn close to a perfect knife. I've enjoyed carrying the Delrin, the last week or so.


I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but I’ll say it again. I’m not a fan of little knives. But the 72 is the biggest little knife you’ll ever use. If you’re not careful you’ll become an all out junkie like the rest of us.


My favorite biggest little knife is a jr cattle, which is 1/4" shorter than the 72. For me it comes down to the flawless aesthetics of a cattle knife but both are similar in function. If I could only have a 72 I wouldn't complain one bit.



I don’t have a Jr, but this regular Camillus cattle knife, just a hair bigger than the 72 has become a real contender for favorite.
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Re: camillus #72

Postby Edgewise » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:56 pm

Going through this thread is enough to convert anyone to the #72 and it's not even a Case.
Not to seem disloyal but is there another thread devoted to a single pattern to match this one? ( :x :x ::td:: ::td:: ::disgust:: ::disgust:: )
I must add that I have a prized #72. I didn't buy it. I would have definitely bought one after reading this thread but Jerry didn't give me enough time.
This isn't the first time I'm reading this thread, but there isn't any harm in a refresher, is there! :)

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Re: camillus #72

Postby DM11 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:50 pm

The latest is this Powr-Kraft w/milled liners. Jerry asked for a pic of the clones that have been added to the pile. Clone pic left to right: Craftsman missing shield, Powr-Kraft, Schrade 863, Ulster 63 and a couple Remingtons. The last Remington in the pic has First in the Field etched on the small clip blade.
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Re: camillus #72

Postby jerryd6818 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:53 pm

David, that's a good start you have going there. The Craftsman looks like it has bone handles. ::tu::
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Re: camillus #72

Postby Colonel26 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:21 pm

Great pile of 72 clones there David.
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