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Knife Town, Camillus. This unassuming central New York State community played a pivotal role in the historic development of cutlery in the United States. The pulse of Camillus the town, corresponded directly with the rise and fall of Camillus the company. Camillus forged a life by the edge of a knife.

Maps in Camillus Tell More Than Just Directions post image

The influence of Camillus Cutlery on our beloved knife town is quite apparent and well documented. The two go hand in hand, as the town thrived for generations around the cutlery business. It is the same story that took place in many cities during the 20th century. If you got a job at the XYZ Read More

The great offensive had begun and Camillus made a perfect record on deliveries! The men and women on the job were industrial defenders of freedom. They backed up the 117 Camillus employees who had gone into the armed forces and the millions of others in service whom they supplied with essential knives. The Marine Corps Read More

How Tariffs Changed the Cutlery Industry in the USA post image

Diehard vintage knife collectors regularly hear about the Tariff Acts of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s implemented by our country. But few of us really know about the tariffs’ far reaching effects on the quality and quantity of cutlery products produced here and aboard. During studies into the tariffs, interesting names of the players Read More

Why and How to Start a Cutlery Company post image

The McKinley Tariff in 1890 and the Dingley Tariff in 1897 placed high import duties on steel products, including knives. As a result, new cutlery ventures were starting up all over the United States in the late 1800’s because manufacturing them domestically was cheaper than importing them from overseas. Interestingly enough, when Camillus Cutlery closed Read More

Camillus Cutlery, An Overview post image

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the legacy of Camillus Cutlery, we invite you to peruse this initial article, as it will give you the opportunity to better understand and relate to all the other articles on this website. Welcome to the wonderful and far-reaching world of the famous Camillus Cutlery Company. The Read More