Camillus, with roots dating back to 1876, is one of the best known brands in the knife industry. It produced millions of knives until it filed for bankruptcy in 2007 due to fierce overseas competition.
In May 2009, Acme United re-launched Camillus at the 2009 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas with an entire series of new knives. The new Camillus knives have well designed, durable handles and the blades have a titanium carbonitride coating, making them 10 times harder than stainless steel. The knives are sold at leading retailers and specialty knife shops.
Late 2011, the company signed an agreement with Les Stroud, known from the TV series Survivorman, to build and sell Camillus survival knives and tools, co-designed and promoted by the famous outdoor adventurer. Due to the success of the Les Stroud knives, other knives and tools were added to the Les Stroud family in both 2012 and 2013. With to the success of the Les Stroud knives, other knives and tools continue to be added to the Les Stroud family.
In 2013, Camillus re-launched its knives in Europe and soon attracted distributors in Scandinavian and German speaking countries. In the meanwhile, Camillus is being distributed in twelve European countries.
In 2015, Camillus cooperated with Jared Ogden and Grady Powell to design the DAG and SKOL combat knives. Ogden and Powell are well-known, as they participate in the popular TV show Ultimate Survival Alaska on National Geographic Channel.