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  1. SilverFoxKnows

    SilverFoxKnows

    Sep 25, 2002
    Just picked up a Camillus at an estate sale for $9. It's in good shape. Some scrathces on the scales but no nicks or gouges. Bail is pretty tight. Crisp half stop on the main blade, no edge damage, some discoloration. Screwdriver/wire stripper has crisp half stop and locks up pretty tight, no damage on it either. Back springs are thick. Looks like it was carried some, maybe used a little, maybe tossed in a toolbox. This thing is a beast. Anyone carry one of these on a daily basis? Or is it a toolbox- glove box- tackle box knife for you?

    Frank
     
  2. Vanguard41xx

    Vanguard41xx

    Dec 29, 2010
    I have a few in my military collection... I have an older Klein in my garage, to knock around a bit. They are a handy knife to carry around. Do you have pictures?
     
  3. BRL

    BRL

    Apr 27, 2011
    Let's see some pictures! :) Does your Camillus have wood scales?

    There are a lot of great TL-29 threads in this forum, search for both "TL-29" and "electrician's" and you'll find plenty. I've been reading all of them over the last few days as I've decided I *must* own a couple of these. This design seems like the perfect answer to my dilemma that a need a few multitool-y things, but just can't bring myself to EDC multitools. The TL-29 have a lot of great history and design.
     
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  4. SilverFoxKnows

    SilverFoxKnows

    Sep 25, 2002
    No pics, yet. I went from the estate sale straight back to work. It's got black delrin(?) scales. There was another there with wood scales but it was in really rough shape. Looks like I have some reading to do.

    Frank
     
  5. 300Bucks

    300Bucks Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Here's a photo from one of those TL-29 threads. I am guessing yours is smooth Delrin ...These are my only sideline. I carry a old Schrade one that was made with no bail as a once in a while EDC......... 300Bucks

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  6. SilverFoxKnows

    SilverFoxKnows

    Sep 25, 2002
    It looks exactly like the one in the middle.

    Frank
     
  7. LKJW

    LKJW

    Nov 21, 2010
    A bit bulky for EDC for me, but I love them.
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  8. BRL

    BRL

    Apr 27, 2011
    Very nice!
     
  9. supratentorial

    supratentorial

    Dec 19, 2006
    I have a couple TL-29 like Klein knives which I think were promotional items made by Camillus. Some have wrenches and one has a folding crate opener. I don't use them though.

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    I do tote this old Schrade Cut Co sometimes. It's one of the best knives that I've bought for 10 bucks. The blade takes a great edge.

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    It locks but there isn't a liner lock. The blade is unlocked by pressing down on the main blade.
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    It's about the same size as my Case/Bose Dogleg Jack.
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  10. 300Bucks

    300Bucks Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Like Supra I have a Schrade but with a liner lock, I want one of those push locks now, and I carry it some for EDC in a hanging pocket sheath.

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    Usually use the one I made with braided 'super' fishing line.
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    Some may even like hanging the TLs from a belt clip, might be better for work, I don't like it flopping around getting scratched.
    300Bucks
     
  11. supratentorial

    supratentorial

    Dec 19, 2006
    Nice one, 300. It always amazes me when I look at the fit of the shields on these knives.

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  12. neeman

    neeman

    Apr 5, 2007
    A user

    When I was a union electrician in NYC, I carried one on my tool pouch
    Three years of contant use
     
  13. BRL

    BRL

    Apr 27, 2011
    I'm really enjoying your photos, everyone. 300bucks, I especially like that Schrade;the wood color looks wonderful. I am green with envy. Great sheath, too. Does it hang loose, or in your pocket?
     
  14. 300Bucks

    300Bucks Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    It hangs inside your pocket over along the seam of your pants or shorts. It reduces the "image" of a knife down in the front of your pocket. For quick access you reach around and grab the line hanging from the belt and pull up sheath and remove the knife outside. Don't get a sheath so tight that you can ease you hand in your pocket and pull the knife out. With a little practice you can do that all the time.
    300
     
  15. supratentorial

    supratentorial

    Dec 19, 2006
    I usually carry the Schrade in a coat pocket. It's on the upper limit of what I find comfortable to carry in a pants pocket. The sheath looks pretty slick.

    ...Btw, I think I'm wearing the same pants, 300. I'll try not to wear a matching outfit tomorrow. Lol!
     
  16. 300Bucks

    300Bucks Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Great minds think alike.....I wear that style 97%, the wife's choice 3%......wish they had a watch pocket to slip in a peanut.

    Anyone thinking about trying one of these sheaths. I make my own now, after buying a couple. I buy pre-made sheaths and then use the old Boy Scout skill of long ago to braid the 'hangers'. The one in the picture on the left was braided from leather from a Hobby store with a Lobby. The other one I was trying for low visibility and is braided with "Super" style Bass fishing line. You can look up braiding techniques on the computer at 'knot' websites. I glued the loops of my braided line together with super glue, then wrapped the connection carefully with more line and glued the whole connection knot. I use one often and have never had a break.

    Without going to cabinet, I believe the line is called Super Braid. 30 lb test. Four strands woven together.

    Even with a knife as large as a TL-29 there is low visibility in your pocket when the knife is hanging in the pocket along the seam. Now if you wear super tight jeans you are on your own.

    FYI 300
     
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  17. puukkoman

    puukkoman

    Sep 30, 2004
    I love my TL-29!! It's made by Camillus, with black delrin handles, and the blade is etched "XCelite brand" (as I've mentioned before, some of my favorite electrical tools are XCelite. I'm a marine electronics technician).

    Got mine in my pocket right now. I have about 10" of leather thong attached to the bail, with a loop on the loose end. I tuck the loop/knot under my belt, and just tug it free when I'm ready to use it.

    Quick snapshot:
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    Last edited: Sep 12, 2011
  18. BRL

    BRL

    Apr 27, 2011
    My first are coming my way; a couple beaters that cost almost nothing to get a feel for the pattern. Hopefully theyll clean up decently.
     
  19. Eric J

    Eric J

    392
    Oct 29, 2005
    I wish someone would make these again!
     
  20. LKJW

    LKJW

    Nov 21, 2010
    They are currently in production. Klein still makes them.
     

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