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Finally a new, (to me), knife to report, a genuine Camillus TL-29 found at one of my honey hole local thrift stores. Hardwood handle, stamped with the model number and in pretty good condition, (shown as found, uncleaned). Glad to be collecting again, at least for the time being.. They were having a half off sale today so I got out the door for under $10, not too bad for a Tuesday. Anyone have an idea of it's age?

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Comment by Jan Carter on July 29, 2019 at 20:59

Excellent find Syd.  I would love to see the after spa photos too please

Comment by Syd Carr on July 29, 2019 at 14:25

Thanks Andy, I appreciate it.

Comment by Andy Larrison on July 29, 2019 at 7:08

Heres some information on the cammilus tang stamps Syd, I hope this is helpful.  I couldn't quite see the entire stamp on yours.

Comment by Syd Carr on July 15, 2019 at 21:01

Oh yeah, I said I would post pics of the Buck #315 Yachtsman I found the same week as the TL-29 ebay. It was a listing with bad photos so many folks ignored it, but I saw through that and realized it was in decent shape, so I snagged this one for $26, way way under the usual going price for this model. I'll be sending it in for a Buck factory "spa treatment", it should clean up well and fill that slot in my 300 Series collection nicely.

Comment by Syd Carr on July 15, 2019 at 20:52

Thanks Jeremy, I get lucky once in awhile. The thrift store I found this and the BSA knife in is a Catholic charity and for some reason gets knives in more often than other thrifts in the area. They also had a genuine SAK w/black handles in the same showcase, but I didn't have enough extra cash to get both so I chose the TL-29. The best part was that it was a 50% off sale day, so with that and the "old guy" discount I got outta there for under $10. Needless to say I will stop by there again after the first, (pay day), maybe I'll get lucky again!

Comment by Jeremy B. Buchanan on July 15, 2019 at 20:27

Nice find! 

Comment by Jan Carter on July 14, 2019 at 16:33

OMG I thrift all the time.  Since I buy the grandkids clothes, they all wear from the thrift and love it

Comment by Syd Carr on July 14, 2019 at 15:47

You know me Jan, I'm a bargain hound. Thrift stores have been a part of my life since my mom and I went "junkin'" every week when I was a kid, we would hit every one in town so it's second nature to me now. About half my clothes comes from thrifts, you could say I find knives occasionally when I'm shopping for a new-to-me Hawaiian shirt, (I have like 20, it's another of my collecting fixations). I miss those times with mom, I think about her every time I go into a thrift, maybe that's why I do it so often.

Comment by Jan Carter on July 14, 2019 at 15:16


Good to see you out and about and checking those thrift stores again.  Like JJ, I don't look as often as I should just because there is rarely anything in the thrift stores.  I do watch the tables at estate and garage sales, never know when your just going to get lucky :)

Comment by Syd Carr on July 13, 2019 at 15:14

Surprisingly I have had occasional good luck at finding collectible knives around here. I found the BSA Folding Hunter I posted in a previous blog post at the same place I found this TL-29, so I check that place whenever I'm in the neighborhood. They also had a nice black SAK in the same showcase as the TL-29, but were asking a bit too much for it in my view so I passed on that one. I also recently ran across three Colonial fish knives all together at another local thrift, the point being you never find if you don't take the time to look. I've done reasonably well at local yard sales too, having found a Robeson Barlow at one and a Camillus #96 Marlin Spike at another. Local antique shops here often have collectible knives too, but those are usually priced higher than I want to pay. I'm just happy to have what I have, more to pass on in the family and each with it's own story.

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