Dating camillus pilot knife

dating camillus pilot knife

How to date a Camillus knife?

For the Camillus stuff, having the first use date is handy, and the range, while imprecise, is useful when looking at other clues to date the knife. I thought that thread like this might be a good way to add some of the collective knowledge of this group as well.

When did the Camillus jet pilot survival knife come out?

Camillus produced the knife with a 6-inch blade from 1959-1961. In 1961, updates to the military specifications called for a 5-inch blade. Camillus produced the Jet Pilot Survival Knife with a 5-inch blade from 1961-2006.

Whats the story behind the pilots Survival Knife?

The story of the Pilots survival knife starts with Marbles, and that companys higher quality 6 bladed model. Such high quality that the military could not afford to buy it, so they turned to Camillus, and that companys lesser quality 6, then 5 blade knives. Marbles continued for a while to market their knife to civilians.

Are Camillus JPSKs rare?

The Camillus JPSKs flat blade knives are unusual, but not rare. Presently Walmart JPSKs and Marine fighting/utility knives they order from Ontario dont come with a fuller. Camillus also produced a JPSK with a bright finished blade, (it was fullered), as a No. 1010, the Astronaut-Jet Space knife.

How do you identify Camillus knives?

Like most every enduring knife manufacturer, Camillus used several different tang stamps to mark its knives. These stamps are invaluable to collectors in determining information about the companys tools including but not limited to their age.

What happened to Camillus knives?

This tang stamp was used by Camillus from 1989 up until its bankruptcy in 2007. Note that the Camillus brand emerged from bankruptcy in 2009, but this page will remain dedicated to the pre-bankruptcy knives.

When did Camillus knives stop using the tang stamp?

This stamp has was used on Camillus knives for a very short time. The company quit referencing the date after 1915, but started back up in its later days preceding bankruptcy. The tang stamp shown here is known as Camillus three line straight stamp. I believe this stamp to have been used on knives manufactured from 1916 to the early 1930s.

When did Camillus use the four line stamp?

I believe this stamp to have been used on knives manufactured from 1916 to the early 1930s. The tang stamp shown here is known as Camillus four line stamp. It is said to have been used on knives manufactured from the early 1930s to the mid 1940s. This tang stamp was used by Camillus from 1946 to 1950.

Is this a SS Camillus JPSK?

I doubt that its SS. Camillus made a variety of flat blades for JPSKs. Some were engraved. Others were made by specific request for distributors. I dont believe any were ever part of Government contracted knives. The Camillus JPSKs flat blade knives are unusual, but not rare.

When did the Camillus knife come out?

This knife was adopted in 1957. From 1957 to 61 it was made with a 6 inch blade. The blade was shorted to 5 inches due to pilot feedback and the basic design of the knife has stayed that way since. Here are some examples of the markings on the Camillus made knives.

Does a JPSK come with a fuller blade?

Presently Walmart JPSKs and Marine fighting/utility knives they order from Ontario dont come with a fuller. Camillus also produced a JPSK with a bright finished blade, (it was fullered), as a No. 1010, the Astronaut-Jet Space knife.

Are the Camillus knives available to active duty soldiers?

While these knives wouldn’t have been provided as part of a Government contract and issued to active duty servicemen through that procurement process. Camillus continued to supply these knives to the U. S. Government AAFES, (PX/BX) system.

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