Camillus "Demo Knife" Review

The name lives on, but the knife does not. Camillus closed its doors a few years ago, and another company purchased the intellectual properties from Camillus. For years Camillus furnished knives to the Armed Forces. If you want to read a little history of the knife then go here. The author of the site did a great job! 

Below is what is known as the Camillus Model 1760 (which is the Army version) "Demo Knife." The two I have are the 1981 and 1991 models. Nothing changed over the years other than the stamp date of the blade when it was made. 

Camillus "Demo Knife" review
The knife measures 3.5 inches long and weighs 3.5oz. 

On the model 1760, U.S. is stamped on one side of the knife in the center of the scales. You will also find Demo Knifes stamped U.S.M.C for the 1763 model, U.S.N, and U.S.A.F

If you click on the picture to enlarge you will see that "can opener" is stamped on the can opener. Not sure why this is the only tool that is stamped what it is. 

Camillus Demo Knife tools
Four of the most common tools needed while in the field.

The demo knife is about as Soldier and Marine proof as they get. Almost indestructible they really do make a great camping knife.

Camillus Demo Knife tools
Soldier and Marine proof and almost indestructible.

The "Demo Knife" is an all stainless steel knife, that I would say is a bit overbuilt. It's not loaded to bear with a lot of tools, but I think you will find what you need and not anymore. The knife has a blade, can opener, flat head screwdriver, awl, and a bottle opener.

The "Demo Knife" was not refined in its craftsmanship. If you are looking for something more refined, that would have been the Victorinox Soldier or Pioneer. I had a Pioneer, and that would have been my go-to knife over the "Demo Knife." 

If you are looking for a knife for camping, backpacking, or general outdoor use I believe the "Demo Knife" might be the bombproof knife that you are looking for. You can still find them at gun shows and online auction sites. Look at paying around $35 for a used Camillus knife. If you find it for less jump on it. Or a new one Which is called 2205 Military Scout

If you want a pocket knife for camping and general outdoor field use, then the Camillus "Demo Knife" is going to be your answer. Military tested, dependable, and has the right amount of tools for about everything that you will come across in the field. 


Ken Cook said…
You've got a really great blog, lots of interesting reading. Thanks for the link to my article. That was a long time ago but I had a lot of fun putting it together.

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