I’m about to go off again. I’ve got a soft spot for Camillus. My first good knife, a BSA Camillus Whittler, was given to me by my father. I’ve even got a small collection of Camillus Boy Scout knives that I have picked up over the years, and a Camillus-made, WWII era, USN Mk2 fighting knife. Problem is, the Camillus I loved is no longer a going concern… bankrupt, with the name sold to the highest (Chinese) bidder back in 2007. So when I see something like the M-13, I can’t help but shake my head.
I was about to keep my mouth shut… “if you don’t have anything nice to say” and all… but then I remembered, I don’t get paid to be nice. Truth is, I find this entire design offensive to the core – an insult to a brand that used to stand for American quality.
Where do I even begin? The M-13 looks like nothing more than a French kiss to the mall ninja set and the advertising copy is disconnected from reality.
The only thing that skeletonized blade will do besides look “cool” is get tangled up in branches and brambles.
Titanium blade? You have got to be kidding me.
Machete with a “gut-hook”? I’ve seen some examples with brush hooks, but this looks far too small to work in that manner.
Don’t even get me started on the way they’ve lashed it to a stick to make a spear.
Even if you fixed everything above, the blade shape itself doesn’t look like it will work. They are calling it a modern kukri, but they put that point on the edge right in the middle of the chopping sweet spot.
The advert above says “no-nonsense” but the Camillus M-13 looks exclusively nonsense.