Camillus Sizzle Folding Lockback Knife | Stainless Steel Backpacking Blade

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Camillus Sizzle Folding Lockback KnifeA modern folding knife that has suddenly become the legacy of a once great American knife maker, the Camillus Sizzle and the rest of the Camillus line are the last we’ll see of the real Camillus products. The company went bankrupt in 2006 and closed its doors, the victim of foreign competition and high labor costs. Although rights to its name and processes were purchased by a different corporation, production of Camillus knives has ceased.

The Sizzle, with a stainless steel 2 1/2″ clip point combo blade, Zytel handle, quality construction and light weight (only 2 ounces), is still a good buy if you can find one. It offers assisted one-handed opening, stout steel liner handle construction, and dependability. Unfortunately, because of the demise of the company, the warranty no longer applies.

Camillus was once one of the best American knife manufacturers, supplying a wide variety of products to the military and civilian market that included such things as military bayonets and a popular line of boy scout knives. If the Camillus Sizzle you buy has documentation from pre-bankruptcy days, it may be worth leaving it in the box. Someday it could be an antique.

On the other hand, it’s a versatile modern folding knife, suited to both utility and camp use, with a blade that fits well as a light duty skinner.

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