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Titanium Bonded®​

Titanium Bonded is not painted or plated, but an application of a unique formulation of titanium and chromium nitride to the surface of cutting blades that actually penetrates and treats the metal to create a permanent bond. The patented Titanium Bonding process provides the following benefits; corrosion resistance, adhesive resistance and the process itself makes the stainless steel 3x harder than untreated stainless providing a blade that stays sharper longer.

Carbonitride Titanium™

Carbonitride Titanium is one of the hardest surface treatments containing titanium. Harder than carbide. Harder than chrome. Our proprietary process creates a permanent molecular bond with the blade surface. Will not flake, blister, chip, or peel. A complex crystalline structure forms which protects the blade surface against wear, staining, and damage. Patent pending technology.


Titanium alloy is a lightweight alloy, corrosion resistant and is incredibly strong. Titanium alloy also has a very high tensile strength, toughness and ability to withstand extreme temperatures. Camillus uses Titanium Alloy on select knife frames for added strength, without increasing the weight of the knife.

Knife Anatomy



Backbone refers to the thickness of the blade. The Camillus Backbone is the strength behind the cut. A thick backbone provides an unparalleled rigidity so the cut is as straight and true as intended.


Some material requires a “sawing motion” vs. a slicing motion. Camillus offers various serration patterns on our knives to provide you with the most appropriate, desired angle.


Describes the back or stock portion of the blade that extends into the handle or actually comprises the handle (called full tang).


The end of the knife handle. Some pommels are reinforced with steel to allow for cracking. Other knives simply have a lanyard hole at the end of the handle.

Knife Handle Materials

Glass Filled Nylon

Glass filled nylon handles are found on our TigerSharp knives. We add glass-filled materials to polypropylene, ABS and other substraits in order to provide the strongest, most rigid handles designed for the TigerSharp technology.


Bamboo is an environmentally sustainable organic material that regenerates itself faster than any wood. This means Camillus is preserving the environment by using a material that regenerates quickly. Bamboo handles are also moisture and stain resistant while providing a fantastic gripping surface.

Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber is actually made from a polymer called polyacrylonitrile combined with woven Kevlar during a complicated heating process. It is widely used because it has a number of characteristics that make it ideal for products required to be light in weight but extremely strong! Carbon fiber is 5X Stronger than steel and lighter than aluminum!


A synthetic material made from paper, linen or thick canvas impregnated with resin under pressure. Micarta® is extremely resistant to water, cold, heat, rot or corrosion therefore it is a perfect material for knife handles. Micarta® is a registered trademark of Norplex-Micarta.


An extremely durable makeup of layers of fiberglass soaked in resin, then highly compressed and baked. Impervious to moisture or liquid and physically stable under climate change.


ABS is a thermoplastic polymer with plastic and rubber properties providing durability, strength and resistance to extreme temperatures. It is a commonly used material in making knife handles.

Steel Types


A unique formulation of steel with a high carbon content. It contains various amounts of one or more of the following: Chromium, Vanadium and Cobalt. VG-10 is considered a “super steel,” because it is designed to maintain sharpness and durability. In addition to its exceptional edge retention, being a stainless steel, VG-10 is also surprisingly corrosion resistant due to its fairly high chromium content.

AUS-8 Steel

AUS-8 is a Japanese medium-carbon, high-chromium stainless steel. One word says it all, “balance”. It offers exceptional balance between toughness, edge sharpness, and corrosion resistance. Balance provides lasting value. AUS-8 ranks among the hardest, toughest, and most rust-resistant knife alloys. It’s a trusted favorite that enthusiasts prefer time and again.


This air hardened tool steel is sometimes called a “semi-stainless” steel, because it contains 12% chromium. It offers decent corrosion resistance with exceptional edge retention. It is harder to sharpen than most, but can be finished to a high-polish shine.

Sandvik 12C27

This stainless steel is made in Sweden. It is generally known as a premium steel for knife blades, offering a good balance of corrosion resistance, sharpenability and edge retention.


A stainless steel with a terrific balance between hardness and corrosion resistance. 440 takes a nice edge and is fairly easy to resharpen. An excellent value-priced steel for its performance. Good toughness and stain resistance.


7Cr17 stainless steel is similar to 440 steel, with very good strength and wear resistance.

1095 High Carbon

An easy-to-sharpen carbon steel used in knife making. It contains carbon and little else. It is strong and a great overall knife steel.


A hard, strong blade steel. This stainless steel is commonly used in knife blades, and offers good corrosion resistance at a low cost. Decent edge holding capabilities and fairly easy to resharpen, this steel is a good balance of the most desirable traits for knife steel.


A stainless steel that has a low carbon content and has a high chromium content, making it a shock absorbing steel that bends instead of breaking. The 420J2 has excellent resistance to corrosion, high stain resistance and fair edge holding capability.

Sheath Materials


KYDEX is a plastic that combines the advantageous properties of both the acrylic and the polyvinyl chloride components. The combination of strength properties of KYDEX® places it at the highest level among thermoforming materials making it perfect for a form fit knife sheath.

Ballistic Nylon

Ballistic nylon is a thick, tough, synthetic nylon fabric that protects against debris and other foreign materials. It is commonly used for making sheaths.

Polypropylene (PP)

Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer used in making ergonomic knife handles and sheaths.


Leather is one of the oldest materials used in sheath making. The flexibility and conformity continues to make it one of the most popular types of materials used in sheath making today.


ABS is a thermoplastic polymer with plastic and rubber properties providing durability, strength and resistance to extreme temperatures. It is a commonly used material in making knife handles and sheaths.