At one time,i did research on the Camillus brand. i even collected a few. This is an overview of its history.

Camillus , A. Kastor & Bros. knives

On Oct. 1, 1876 A. Kastor & Co. was formed by Adolph Kastor.
In 1885 Germania Cutlery Works was opened in Solingen, Germany by Nathan Kastor.
In 1888 A. Kastor & Bros. was formed by four brothers adopting the "Clover Brand".
They imported the English brands- EBRO, XLNT, Rivington, and others. They imported the German brands- Koester's, Germania Cutlery Works,Imperial Razor (Cutwell), Morley, Wadsworth, Duane, Parker, Majestic, Argyle, Corliss, and others. "Cutwell" was the very first Kastor brand name. The first of many.
In 1902 Kastor, purchased a small cutlery manufacturing firm in Camillus , N.Y. from Charles Sherwood. That was the beginning of Camillus Cutlery Company. Imported and U.S. made knives were under both Kastor and Camillus names.
In 1906 Camillus introduced the "Crossed Swords" brand trademark
During 1914-1918, leading up to and during WWI, Camillus and Kastor provided military knives for the U.S., Canada, Red Cross, and the Dutch.
In 1923 Camillus began providing knives to the Sears Roebuck company under the brands- Sta-Sharp, Dunlap, and Kwik-Kut.
In 1924 Camillus began "Stainless Cutlery Company" brand using stainless steel blades.
In 1934 Camillus began the "Kent" trademark on knives for F. W. Woolsworth.
By 1938 Camillus was using the brands-Streamline, Camco, Syracuse Knife Co., Mumbly Peg, High Carbon Steel, U.S.A., and others.
During the 1930's Camillus made hunting knives that evolved into their military knives during WWII.
During WWII Camillus was a major supplier of military knives for the U.S. and our allies.
At the end of the war the Kastor name was dropped.
In 1963 Camillus fell under the ownership of the daughters of Albert M. Baer, who had been associated with Camillus since 1922, Ulster since 1942, and Imperial since 1947.
1968-1984 Camillus make contract knives for Buck Knives.
Through the years, Camillus has made bicentennial, commemorative, and presentation knives for many occasions, enjoying the respect of the cutlery industry.
These are just the highlights of the history of a company that has served its country well.

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i hope this information is helpful and encourage others to offer more information to add to this. Copy and paste this info to a file such as Google docs so that you can use it as a base for your own research paper.

Camillus , A. Kastor & Bros. Brand Name
Collecting Camillus and Kastor knives can seem confusing and frusrating at times with the many name brands that they used. It is often diffucult to know if a brand name is one of their trademarked brands or if it is one that was agreed upon under contract with a retailer, wholesaler, or even a company using knives as an advertising tool. Some knives believed to be Camillus/Kastor had no markings to indicate it. Both Camillus and Kastor imported from England, Germany, and even Poland. Most imports were by Kastor however. The Kastor family had their own factory in Germany and it provided many of the early knives, while they were making knives in Camillus, NY to fill the many contracts of various kinds.
You don't want to add a knife to your collection and then later find out that it is not what the person you got it from thought it was. Nor do you want to mislead anyone else. That takes some of the fun out of the hobby.
I have been gathering information on these brands from whatever source that I can. Sometimes I may only have a note that I made when I came across a bit of information. I will not claim that my information is all correct or that any part of it can't be challenged. I haven't been privvy to the kind of records that a good researcher would call proof. I can only hope that the person that passed this information on had some reason to believe it to be accurate.
You may have been doing the same. I will begin to offer my information here as fast as I can and to add any new information that I collect in the future. I encourage anyone that has additional material to also share it with others. If my data is questionable, please reply to this topic to give whatever comment you'd like. I want to be as accurate as possible, with your help.
If I have real doubt about any information because I have already seen conflicts, I may hold off posting it until I can learn more, rather than carelessly throw it out there. In any case I hope this is helpful to you all.
When I can get to it, I will provide a list of some of my sources to help others with their research. Again, I welcome any contribution you can make, whether it's to provide tips or tell me I'm wrong.
If you would prefer, you can send me a message here on Knife Talk rather than post a reply. So, bear with me, this will be a work in progress for some time.

This is a cross-reference type listing. To make it easier to find something it may be listed alphabetically in more than one place, but I will refer to the other listing when there is more information there. This is necessary because of the variety of marks that a given brand may have used. If I give a stamping, brand name, or company name first, I will provide the associated information nearby. Keep in mind that when a firm sold a brand name not made by them, that brand name may appear on knives made by several different cutlery manufacturers. Large hardware distributors and cutlery suppliers are good examples of this practice.

Alfred Williams see Williams, Alfred

America's Best Moore Handley Hdw. Co.,Birmingham, AL
US- Camillus ?-1962

Anheuser Busch, St. Louis, MO
German import- Kastor 1880-1914
US- Camillus 1932-1948
advertisement
"Adolphus Busch" Nathan Kastor, Germania Cutlery Works ?-1932

Argyle Cutlery Co.
German import- Kastor c1910

Belknap Hdw. Co.,Louisville, KY
"John Primble" Camillus, Boker, Utica, Schrade
"John Primble" India Steel Works" Sheffield/Wolstenholm import Kastor?
"John Primble" (with star) Camillus ?-1965
"John Primble East India Steel Works
"J. Primble Belknap Germany" old stamp
"Primble" old stamp
"John Primble Belknap Hdwe. & Mfg. Co."
"John Primble Belknap Inc. Schrade
"John Primble India Steel Works Prussia"
"JOHN, PRIMBLE, I.S.W." c1913 per Belknap catalog

Also sold
John Russell
IX-L
Robinson
Winchester

Buck San Diego/El Cajon, CA

contract- Camillus 1968-1984

Model 301 - premium stockman

Model 303 Cadet - junior stockman


Model 305 Lancer - premium pen

Model 315 Yachtsman- rigger's knife

Model 321 Bird Knife

Buster Brown Shoe Co. St. Louis, MO

C.C.C.

C.C.CO.

Camco Camillus brand 1930's-?
"Camco"
"Camco USA"
"Camco, Mumbly Peg"

"Camillus (underlined), New York, USA" recent

"Camillus Cutlery Company, Camillus, NY, USA" 1902-1945

"Camillus, New York, NY" 1902-?

"Camillus, NewYork, USA" c1945

'Camillus Sword Brand, NY, USA"

Catskill Knife Co., NY Camillus brand 1930's

Clover Brand, Clover Germany import brand- Kastor and Camillus 1888-1941
US- Camillus, Syracuse,NY 1941-1942
"Clover Brand" registered 1906

Coast Cutlery Co. 1935-1942

Coca Cola Bottling Co. Germany import- Kastor 1920's-1940's
US- Camillus 1930's-1940's
advertisement
"Coca Cola Bottling Co."
"Drink Coca Cola In Bottles"
"Have A Coke"
"Tome Coca Cola Helada"
"Drink Coca Cola Ice Cold"
"The Coca Cola Bottling Co."

Collins Bros. (Walter & Michael) Atlanta, GA Limited edition by Camillus 1970-1973
became Bowen Knife Co. 1973

Corliss Cutlery Germany import- Kastor
"Corliss Cut. Ger."

Corning Knife Co. Camillus brand 1930's

Cornwall Knife Co. Camillus brand 1930's
"Cornwall Knife Co., New York, NY"

Craftsman Sears Roebuck Camillus retail brand 1926-?

Crosman Blades a division of Coleman Co. Camillus wholesale brand

Crossed Sword, Sword Camillus brand 1902-?
"Sword" 1906-1942 registered 1906
"Sword Brand" 1942-?

Cutwell Kastor import brand 1880's-1890's
made by Imperial Razor, Germany
Kastor's first brand name

Diamond Edge Shapleigh Hdw. Co. Camillus wholesale brand c1940-1960

"D. E. (in diamond) Shapleigh Hdw. Co. St. Louis MO."
"Norvell-Shapleigh Hdw. Co. St. Louis MO"

Duane Cutlery Co. Germany import- Kastor c1910

Dunlap Sears Roebuck Camillus retail brand c1923-1930's

EBRO Alfred Williams-maker Sheffield, England import- Kastor 1900-1946

Enderes, Original tool manufacturer US- Camillus 1926-?
advertisement

Fiarmount Cutlery Co., NY Camillus brand 1930's

Farrugut Cutlery Co., NY Camillus brand 1920's

Forged, USA Sears Roebuck Camillus retail brand 1930's

Germania Cutlery Works, Ger. Solingen-Ohligs, Germany manufacturer 1885-c1938
owned by Kastor, operated by Nathan Kastor

Hibbard, Spencer, Bartletts, & Co., Chicago, IL 1855-1960
became True Value Hdw. Co.

known brands by New York Knife, Ulster, Utica, & Camillus

O.V.B. (Our Very Best) Camillus
True Value
Ajax
Black Diamond
Rev-O-Noc
Hibbard
Hib Spe Bar

High Carbon Steel, USA Sears Roebuck Camillus retail brand 1930's

Holub Operations, Sycamore, IL electrical supply Camillus 1970's
advertisement

Imperial Razor Germany import-Kastor 1880's-1890's
"Imperial Razor (with a star)"
"Cutwell" first Kastor brand

John Primble see Belknap Hdw. Co.

Kastor, A, & Bros.

Keen Kutter E. C. Simmons Hdw. Co. c1902-1923 Camillus
1923-1929 Winchester
1929-1940 Camillus
Shapleigh Hdw. Co. 1940-1960 Camillus

Kent, N.Y.C. F. W. Woolworth Camillus retail brand 1931-1955

Koester, J. (Jacob), & Sons Germany importer
"Koester's" part of Kastor

Kwik-Kut Sears Roebuck& Co. Camillus retail brand c1939
'"Kwik-Kut, USA" 1921-26

Majestic Cutlery Co. Germany import- Kastor c1910

Marshal Wells Hdw. Co., Duluth, MN 1888-1963
"M. W. H. Co."

Moore Handley Hdw. Co., Birmingham, AL 1883-1962
brands sold
America's Best Camillus
Champion
other mfrs. were New York Knife, Boker, Schrade

Morley, W. H., & Sons Austria/Germany import- Kastor c1913-1927

Mumbly Peg, USA Camillus brand 1937-?
note-Winchester had a Mumbly Peg 1920-1929

Primble, John see Belknap Hdw. Co.

Robeson Cutlery Co. contract- Camillus
"Robeson, Germany" ??

Rivington Works, Sheffield, England see Alfred Williams

SWCC- see Simonds (Simmons) Worden White Co., Dayton, OH

Sabre, USA Camillus

Sears Roebuck & Co., Chicago, IL retail brands Camillus

contiuation of Camillus info

 Sears, Henry, & Co.                      1865-1878
                                            Sears, Henry, & Son 1865              1878-1959
                                            Sears Roebuck & Co. Chicago, Naponoch Knife Co., N.Y. c1900-1902
                                            Sears Roebuck & Co.   on tang        1886-1902
                                            Sears                                          1991
                                            

                                        
                                            Wilbert
                                            T.T.C.      Tip Top ?, Camillus ?
                                            Sta-Sharp    Camillus
                                            Dunlap         Camillus
                                            Kwik-Kut      Camillus
                                            Craftsman    Camillus
                                        

Sevin                            pesticide co.      advertisement                              Camillus
                                  
Shapleigh, A. F., Hdw. Co., St. Loius, MO

Simonds Mfg. Co. (Simons Saw Co.)

Simonds (Simmons) Worden White Co., Dayton, OH

Sta-Sharp

Stainless Cutlery Co., NYC

Streamline

Sword Brand

Syracuse Knife Co., NY

Thompsom Center Arms, Rochester, NH

Tip Top

Van Camp Hardware & Iron Co., Indianapolis, IN

Wadsworth, A. W., & Sons

Western

Williams, Alfred

Winchester

Woolsworth, F.W.

XLNT

Zenith

Clay,

What an impressive amount of research!!!  Thank you s much for sharing with us!


Thank you for the nice comment, Jan.     
Jan Carter said:

Clay,

What an impressive amount of research!!!  Thank you s much for sharing with us!

What about  Norm Thompson stamped knives?



Clay Strong said:

i hope this information is helpful and encourage others to offer more information to add to this. Copy and paste this info to a file such as Google docs so that you can use it as a base for your own research paper.

Camillus , A. Kastor & Bros. Brand Name
Collecting Camillus and Kastor knives can seem confusing and frusrating at times with the many name brands that they used. It is often diffucult to know if a brand name is one of their trademarked brands or if it is one that was agreed upon under contract with a retailer, wholesaler, or even a company using knives as an advertising tool. Some knives believed to be Camillus/Kastor had no markings to indicate it. Both Camillus and Kastor imported from England, Germany, and even Poland. Most imports were by Kastor however. The Kastor family had their own factory in Germany and it provided many of the early knives, while they were making knives in Camillus, NY to fill the many contracts of various kinds.
You don't want to add a knife to your collection and then later find out that it is not what the person you got it from thought it was. Nor do you want to mislead anyone else. That takes some of the fun out of the hobby.
I have been gathering information on these brands from whatever source that I can. Sometimes I may only have a note that I made when I came across a bit of information. I will not claim that my information is all correct or that any part of it can't be challenged. I haven't been privvy to the kind of records that a good researcher would call proof. I can only hope that the person that passed this information on had some reason to believe it to be accurate.
You may have been doing the same. I will begin to offer my information here as fast as I can and to add any new information that I collect in the future. I encourage anyone that has additional material to also share it with others. If my data is questionable, please reply to this topic to give whatever comment you'd like. I want to be as accurate as possible, with your help.
If I have real doubt about any information because I have already seen conflicts, I may hold off posting it until I can learn more, rather than carelessly throw it out there. In any case I hope this is helpful to you all.
When I can get to it, I will provide a list of some of my sources to help others with their research. Again, I welcome any contribution you can make, whether it's to provide tips or tell me I'm wrong.
If you would prefer, you can send me a message here on Knife Talk rather than post a reply. So, bear with me, this will be a work in progress for some time.

This is a cross-reference type listing. To make it easier to find something it may be listed alphabetically in more than one place, but I will refer to the other listing when there is more information there. This is necessary because of the variety of marks that a given brand may have used. If I give a stamping, brand name, or company name first, I will provide the associated information nearby. Keep in mind that when a firm sold a brand name not made by them, that brand name may appear on knives made by several different cutlery manufacturers. Large hardware distributors and cutlery suppliers are good examples of this practice.

Alfred Williams see Williams, Alfred

America's Best Moore Handley Hdw. Co.,Birmingham, AL
US- Camillus ?-1962

Anheuser Busch, St. Louis, MO
German import- Kastor 1880-1914
US- Camillus 1932-1948
advertisement
"Adolphus Busch" Nathan Kastor, Germania Cutlery Works ?-1932

Argyle Cutlery Co.
German import- Kastor c1910

Belknap Hdw. Co.,Louisville, KY
"John Primble" Camillus, Boker, Utica, Schrade
"John Primble" India Steel Works" Sheffield/Wolstenholm import Kastor?
"John Primble" (with star) Camillus ?-1965
"John Primble East India Steel Works
"J. Primble Belknap Germany" old stamp
"Primble" old stamp
"John Primble Belknap Hdwe. & Mfg. Co."
"John Primble Belknap Inc. Schrade
"John Primble India Steel Works Prussia"
"JOHN, PRIMBLE, I.S.W." c1913 per Belknap catalog

Also sold
John Russell
IX-L
Robinson
Winchester

Buck San Diego/El Cajon, CA

contract- Camillus 1968-1984

Model 301 - premium stockman

Model 303 Cadet - junior stockman


Model 305 Lancer - premium pen

Model 315 Yachtsman- rigger's knife

Model 321 Bird Knife

Buster Brown Shoe Co. St. Louis, MO

C.C.C.

C.C.CO.

Camco Camillus brand 1930's-?
"Camco"
"Camco USA"
"Camco, Mumbly Peg"

"Camillus (underlined), New York, USA" recent

"Camillus Cutlery Company, Camillus, NY, USA" 1902-1945

"Camillus, New York, NY" 1902-?

"Camillus, NewYork, USA" c1945

'Camillus Sword Brand, NY, USA"

Catskill Knife Co., NY Camillus brand 1930's

Clover Brand, Clover Germany import brand- Kastor and Camillus 1888-1941
US- Camillus, Syracuse,NY 1941-1942
"Clover Brand" registered 1906

Coast Cutlery Co. 1935-1942

Coca Cola Bottling Co. Germany import- Kastor 1920's-1940's
US- Camillus 1930's-1940's
advertisement
"Coca Cola Bottling Co."
"Drink Coca Cola In Bottles"
"Have A Coke"
"Tome Coca Cola Helada"
"Drink Coca Cola Ice Cold"
"The Coca Cola Bottling Co."

Collins Bros. (Walter & Michael) Atlanta, GA Limited edition by Camillus 1970-1973
became Bowen Knife Co. 1973

Corliss Cutlery Germany import- Kastor
"Corliss Cut. Ger."

Corning Knife Co. Camillus brand 1930's

Cornwall Knife Co. Camillus brand 1930's
"Cornwall Knife Co., New York, NY"

Craftsman Sears Roebuck Camillus retail brand 1926-?

Crosman Blades a division of Coleman Co. Camillus wholesale brand

Crossed Sword, Sword Camillus brand 1902-?
"Sword" 1906-1942 registered 1906
"Sword Brand" 1942-?

Cutwell Kastor import brand 1880's-1890's
made by Imperial Razor, Germany
Kastor's first brand name

Diamond Edge Shapleigh Hdw. Co. Camillus wholesale brand c1940-1960

"D. E. (in diamond) Shapleigh Hdw. Co. St. Louis MO."
"Norvell-Shapleigh Hdw. Co. St. Louis MO"

Duane Cutlery Co. Germany import- Kastor c1910

Dunlap Sears Roebuck Camillus retail brand c1923-1930's

EBRO Alfred Williams-maker Sheffield, England import- Kastor 1900-1946

Enderes, Original tool manufacturer US- Camillus 1926-?
advertisement

Fiarmount Cutlery Co., NY Camillus brand 1930's

Farrugut Cutlery Co., NY Camillus brand 1920's

Forged, USA Sears Roebuck Camillus retail brand 1930's

Germania Cutlery Works, Ger. Solingen-Ohligs, Germany manufacturer 1885-c1938
owned by Kastor, operated by Nathan Kastor

Hibbard, Spencer, Bartletts, & Co., Chicago, IL 1855-1960
became True Value Hdw. Co.

known brands by New York Knife, Ulster, Utica, & Camillus

O.V.B. (Our Very Best) Camillus
True Value
Ajax
Black Diamond
Rev-O-Noc
Hibbard
Hib Spe Bar

High Carbon Steel, USA Sears Roebuck Camillus retail brand 1930's

Holub Operations, Sycamore, IL electrical supply Camillus 1970's
advertisement

Imperial Razor Germany import-Kastor 1880's-1890's
"Imperial Razor (with a star)"
"Cutwell" first Kastor brand

John Primble see Belknap Hdw. Co.

Kastor, A, & Bros.

Keen Kutter E. C. Simmons Hdw. Co. c1902-1923 Camillus
1923-1929 Winchester
1929-1940 Camillus
Shapleigh Hdw. Co. 1940-1960 Camillus

Kent, N.Y.C. F. W. Woolworth Camillus retail brand 1931-1955

Koester, J. (Jacob), & Sons Germany importer
"Koester's" part of Kastor

Kwik-Kut Sears Roebuck& Co. Camillus retail brand c1939
'"Kwik-Kut, USA" 1921-26

Majestic Cutlery Co. Germany import- Kastor c1910

Marshal Wells Hdw. Co., Duluth, MN 1888-1963
"M. W. H. Co."

Moore Handley Hdw. Co., Birmingham, AL 1883-1962
brands sold
America's Best Camillus
Champion
other mfrs. were New York Knife, Boker, Schrade

Morley, W. H., & Sons Austria/Germany import- Kastor c1913-1927

Mumbly Peg, USA Camillus brand 1937-?
note-Winchester had a Mumbly Peg 1920-1929

Primble, John see Belknap Hdw. Co.

Robeson Cutlery Co. contract- Camillus
"Robeson, Germany" ??

Rivington Works, Sheffield, England see Alfred Williams

SWCC- see Simonds (Simmons) Worden White Co., Dayton, OH

Sabre, USA Camillus

Sears Roebuck & Co., Chicago, IL retail brands Camillus

Terry, I can't recall  a Norm Thompson. But, it would not surprise me at all that there is a connection to Camillus. Please share any information that you might have about Thompson. Many firms, even individuals had contracts with Camillus to make knives with names of their choice on them. The knives were a form of promotion.

Edit: I found that Western made the Norm Thompson, a retailer in the 1960s and 1970s.  I'm not sure as to who was the official owner of Western at the time.

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