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Puma Knives Company | Solingen Steel Hunter, Skinner Knife

Puma Knife Unless you’re already a Puma enthusiast you’re certain to find surprises among the offerings of this old company from Solingen, Germany. Looking through the hundreds of selections introduces you to classic knives from the 40′s, production knives that look like today’s best custom blades, and folding knives with both old and new mechanical tricks. Puma’s best may be beyond the budget of some potential buyers, but Puma’s average knife remains affordable. Their average knife quality beats many knifemakers’ best.

Company History

Puma began in 1769 when Johann Wilhelm Lauterjung recorded his Puma trademark in the “role of knifemakers” of the Master Cutlers Guild in the German cutlery center of Solingen. Lauterjung actually worked in a water-powered shop located on the Wupper River. Grandson Nathanael Lauterjungen moved the company’s works to Solingen early in the 18th Century after steam power ended manufacturing’s reliance on water-driven machines. Puma’s early products included razors, scissors, stilettos and swords, but the company focused on household cutlery until the war machine of WWII took over. After the war, Olswald Von Frankenberg Und Ludwigsdorf entered the business through marriage to Renate Lauterjung. Ludwigsdorf focused Puma’s production in a new direction, using the ideas of a forester friend, Walte Frevert, to create new hunting and sporting knives. Many of those knives remain in production today. In 2003 Puma introduced the more affordable Puma-IP line, and in 2008 Puma TEC added modern folding knives to the company’s designs.

Knives

One of the collaborations between Ludwigsdorf and Frevert created the best-known Puma knife, the Puma White Hunter. Puma offers standard and customized versions of this beautiful sporting knife, as well as simplified models in the Puma-IP style and a smaller model called the Puma Pal. Puma combines the White Hunter and Puma Pal blade styles in a hunting set which features three interchangeable blades including a bone saw. Fishermen will find knives of comparable quality created especially for angler’s needs. Modern adventurers like divers and trekkers can choose from dependable traditional patterns of fixed blades and folders, or high tech knives built with new materials and a combination of modern manufacturing and old-world hand craftsmanship.

Where to Buy


Puma Packer Camping Knife, Lockback Folder

Large Green ABS Grip Handle, Gold Series 230465

Puma Packer Camping Knife, Lockback Folder | Large Green ABS Grip Handle, Gold Series 230465

Puma's recommended knife for backpackers -- the Puma Packer -- actually is slightly heavier than other Puma folders with the same blade length. The extra-large handle adds practical working strength -- a handy feature for anyone who needs a good camp knife -- but increases weight to 4.2 ounces.

The Packer ...





Puma Medici Stiletto Pocketknife

Solingen Steel Folding Dagger Knife w/ Stag Antler Handle

Puma Medici Stiletto Pocketknife | Solingen Steel Folding Dagger Knife w/ Stag Antler Handle

Made in the German knife-making center of Solingen, this stiletto-type pocket knife is functional as well as beautiful. Although it looks like an automatic, it's a slip joint with some interesting extra features.

The blade shape of the 440A high carbon stainless steel gives the Medici the deadly look of a ...





Puma Pocket Knife w/ Clip Point, Spey, Sheepsfoot Blade

Stockman Stag Handle, Slip Joint

Puma Pocket Knife w/ Clip Point, Spey, Sheepsfoot Blade | Stockman Stag Handle, Slip Joint

The slip joint style pocket knife -- like the Puma Stockman Stag -- used to be the standard pocket blade for ranchers, farmers, and outdoorsmen. Three blades covered most common purposes no matter what the profession, and if the tip broke off one of them, it also counted ...





Puma Earl Lockback Folding Pocketknife

Stainless Steel Clip Point w/ Stag Handle

Puma Earl Lockback Folding Pocketknife | Stainless Steel Clip Point w/ Stag Handle

Since the styles are so similar, I'm immediately tempted to compare this to the Buck Folding Hunter series -- but when I do, I'm a little bit disappointed in Buck. Every time I compare something American to what should be the same knife from Puma of Solingen, Germany, I ...





Zweibruder Coast Grandpa Bowie Knife w/ Stag Handle

Full Tang Curved False Edge

Zweibruder Coast Grandpa Bowie Knife w/ Stag Handle | Full Tang Curved False Edge

The Coast Grandpa knife -- made by Coast Knives of Portland, Oregon, but designed by Zweibruder (Puma Knives) -- shows the classic American Bowie pattern as influenced by European weapon smiths. More a piercing weapon than a chopping blade, the upswept point and false dagger edge would be at ...





Puma Stag Skinner Bowie Knife

Full Tang Solingen Stainless Steel

Puma Stag Skinner Bowie Knife | Full Tang Solingen Stainless Steel

The knives from Puma's Solingen, Germany, factory always look more like weapons than the average factory-made knife, and the Puma Stag Skinner knife holds true to that. The 5-inch blade of the Puma Skinner may be technically a Bowie style, but it has the flair of a European dagger. ...





Puma IP White Hunter Skinning Knife

Full Tang Leather Handle

Puma IP White Hunter Skinning Knife | Full Tang Leather Handle

Nowhere in the Puma lineup is the difference between the International Puma (IP) brand and the original quite so obvious as in this knife. This stripped down version of the famous Puma White Hunter -- the Puma IP White Hunter with stacked leather handle -- is clearly a very ...





Puma IP Scout Bowie Knife

High Carbon Stainless Steel, Stag Handle

Puma IP Scout Bowie Knife | High Carbon Stainless Steel, Stag Handle

Natural stag handles which vary in shape and pattern from knife to knife give each Puma IP Scout Bowie the unique look of hand craftsmanship. Manufactured in Spain, the Puma IP line uses modern technology to produce knives in the tradition of the parent company's German craftsmen. Though fewer hand ...





Puma IP Combat Dagger Knife

Black Military Double Edged Teflon Blade

Puma IP Combat Dagger Knife | Black Military Double Edged Teflon Blade

This 10.83-inch black combat dagger from Puma IP -- the international production branch begun in Spain in 2003 -- sports a double-edged 6" blade of 440C alloy high carbon stainless steel. Coated with black Teflon to prevent glare and increase corrosion resistance, the dagger is a no-nonsense concept for the ...





Puma Wapati Hunting Knife

Solingen Carbon Steel w/ Stag Handle

Puma Wapati Hunting Knife | Solingen Carbon Steel w/ Stag Handle

The stag-handled Wapiti follows the Puma Knives' tradition of simplicity and excellence. This old Solingen, Germany knife-making firm has made sporting knives, survival knives, and military weapons since the mid-1700's and tailors its products to local consumer demand. The drop point skinner Wapiti offers American hunters one of the most popular ...





Solingen Puma Pro Hunter Gut Hook Knife

Stag Handle Full Tang Blade w/ Sheath

Solingen Puma Pro Hunter Gut Hook Knife | Stag Handle Full Tang Blade w/ Sheath

The 3 3/4" dropped blade of this compact traditionally built hunting knife from Puma of Solingen, Germany, combines the hollow grind and gut hook of a modern light hunting blade with the beauty of old country craftsmanship. All you'll need to do is hone the edge of the blade. ...





Puma Bowie Stag Hunting Knife

Solingen Stainless Steel Full Tang Fixed Blade

Puma Bowie Stag Hunting Knife | Solingen Stainless Steel Full Tang Fixed Blade

Even though the high carbon stainless steel blade of this 11" traditionally styled Bowie knife is only 6" long, some who buy it think it's too much knife for ordinary campers or hunters. That sounds like a good knife to me. I've never been embarrassed to carry a ...





Puma Catamount Knife

Stainless Steel Drop Point Fixed Blade, Stag Handle

Puma Catamount Knife | Stainless Steel Drop Point Fixed Blade, Stag Handle

The first thing that struck me about this full tang knife is the attractive stag handle. This is genuine stag, not a replicate, and therefore no two Puma Catamount knives will be exactly the same. Like a fingerprint, every antler-turned-handle will have distinct lines and shades. Stainless steel accents ...





Solingen Puma Hunter’s Pal Hunting Knife

Full Tang Skinning Blade

Solingen Puma Hunter’s Pal Hunting Knife | Full Tang Skinning Blade

A hand crafted design from Solingen of Germany, this small but efficient leaf point skinner is well suited to the old task of skinning and butchering game. Not quite heavy enough to be a good cleaver, it's still more knife than most of us need.

Stag handles used to be common. ...





Puma Knives

Solingen Damascus Folding Knife #P244302

Puma Knives | Solingen Damascus Folding Knife #P244302

The Puma knife company is based in Solingen, Germany. It is one of the highly-reputable knife-making companies that helped give that city the nickname "City of Knives". Puma has been making knives for over two hundred and thirty years.

This knife is a new step for the company -- German know-how and tradition coupled ...





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