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Let's see your Scout/Camp knives

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by pistonsandgears, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    Maybe a very early run of the Camillus 99, from before the 1946 catalog was published. Maybe 1945, when it looks like Camillus was producing knives with that same can opener for the military, yet was still producing the 14/4 pattern with bone covers.
     
  2. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
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  3. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    I applaud both your knife and your taste in beer. I’m drinking Corona as I type this.
     
  4. Gevonovich

    Gevonovich Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Armadillo World Headquarters and a great knife and beer !! o the memories. Great photo and thank you :D
     
  5. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    Here is yet another one of the myriad variations in the Camillus scout pattern from World War 2. The full carbon steel construction, including bail, liners and bolsters puts it at about 1942, as far as I can tell. But I’m not quite sure why the shield is blank. That usually denotes that it was made for the Bureau of Aeronautics.

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  6. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    Thanks Buzz. :D It's my go-to once Samuel Adams Octoberfest is gone. Isn't the wee girl scout a doll?

    LOL! No doubt true my friend. :D

    Lovely on many levels.
     
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  7. Campbellclanman

    Campbellclanman Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Nice Buzz, in fact very nice!
     
  8. leghog

    leghog

    Aug 10, 2013
    Unstamped shield could have been any service. Most likely Army as they had the largest contracts. Also more likely 1943 as the War Production Board restrictions on copper/brass really didn't hit until near mid-1942. Manufactures could use what they had on hand. They were just highly restricted on what they could order. I'd bet the knife was 1943. That's the same year of the U.S. Mint's zinc coated steel cent. Also The Navy changed its spec for the 4-blade BuAer knife early to conform to Army's spec 17-170. Without a stamp on the shield there's just no telling what service bought your knife. If it were a 3-blade, I'd agree it was likely from a BuAer contract.
     
  9. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Love the scout knife, the beer, hmm , less so... ;):D:D:D
     
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  10. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    I agree as to both!
    I saw one of those knives at the gun show I went to Saturday. Not in as nice a shape as Dwight's, and priced a little high.
     
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  11. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    I think this one is probably some sort of weird Camillus Frankenknife. It's hard to tell from my pics, but the the main blade has a satin finish, just like the Sierra Club saw scouts made by Camillus for United Cutlery, who in turn sold the knives to the Sierra Club. As coincidence would have it, this knife just happens to have wooden covers, also like the Sierra Club knife.

    This knife gets weird when you look at the shield(s). The mark side has a nice round Camillus shield, the same shield used on a special edition Camillus from the same saw scout era, except that one was done in brass. It also has the tang stamp from that period. And when you get to the pile side....... there's yet another shield. Surprise!!! 'Cuz what could be better than a nice shiny shield, except for a second shiny shield. LOL. I'm assuming that the wood covers are resin impregnated rosewood (like Dymonwood), the same covers used for both the Sierra Club and the Sears saw scouts.

    But all in all, it's a wonderful knife. Fit and finish is typical of the stainless Camillus 99's made from the 5779 frame, although this mystery knife doesn't have 99 tang stamp. It's also very pretty, a real treat to have another scout knife with a wood handle. Wood covered scout knives are, for some odd reason, few and far between. For an auction price of just over eleven dollars, I couldn't pass it up. Since it's some sort of weird factory-worker parts knife or post-Camillus-auction assembly, I won't be afraid to carry and use it in the Adiriondacks either, where I prefer to carry mostly stainless.



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  12. R.c.s

    R.c.s

    Dec 23, 2013
  13. veitsi_poika

    veitsi_poika Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 25, 2016
    Picked up this one the other day... I had the purple/blue one in great condition and couldn't pass up this white one in beautiful condition as well ;):thumbsup:

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  14. veitsi_poika

    veitsi_poika Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 25, 2016
    @Campbellclanman

    And some added shots for Duncan :) I've not seen a punch like this one, the purple Cub Scout punch seems a little different. I think this knife was only made from 1980-1982, not sure how recent you are catalog'ing the punches so thought I would throw them in ;):thumbsup:

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  15. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001

    That awl scores about 9.5 on my weird punch-o-meter. :p:eek::p
     
  16. Mike Robuck

    Mike Robuck Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    I wish I could take pictures like Kevin and Buzzbait. great knives in here. I just posted this in the Old Knives thread but I will add a few pictures here as well.

    Here's a 3 5/8 closed New York Knife Co. "official" BSR 1 scout knife. Levine's guide says that NYK Co. was the official scout knife maker until 1922, which included having "be prepared" on the shield. There are faint salesman sample numbers on the back of the main blade. Kevin posted this link on scout knives in the Old Knives thread, which includes a section on NYK Co. scout knives.
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  17. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001

    Woah!!! Now that’s an incredible knife. I can’t believe how minty fresh it is. Like it just came off the assembly line. Even the etch is pristine.
     
  18. Mike Robuck

    Mike Robuck Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Thanks! It is hard to imagine that no one used it for something at some point. I feel an obligation to keep it as minty as possible. With that said, I temporarily misplaced it to today when I was taking the pics.
     
  19. Campbellclanman

    Campbellclanman Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Mike! :eek:
    If that was my place it would be " NOBODY MOVE!!!!!"
     
  20. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    Picked this one up yesterday. Schrade, Walden, NY USA IMG_0596.jpeg
     

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