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 isn’t one of Puma’s prettiest knives. Green ABS plastic handle scales are crosshatched to provide a firm grip in tough weather conditions, but only look functional. The knife’s die-cast bolsters are zinc-coated, and all metal parts are sandblasted, including the blade. That decreases the luster and seals pores in the metal against corrosion. The 2-3/4-inch-long 440A high carbon stainless steel blade is hot drop-forged and hollow ground. Each blade tests between 55 and 57 on the Rockwell scale, giving the knife good edge-holding ability without being too hard to sharpen easily.
This slip joint knife opens with two hands but provides a thumb slot — not just a notch — in the back of the blade for easier operation. Fully opened, the knife locks in place with a steel liner lock, making it safe for all types of camp work. The 4-1/3-inch length of the handle makes the knife comfortable to use with nearly a full-sized feel.
The Packer comes with a black nylon fabric belt pouch, so you don’t have to carry this hefty folder in your pocket. A small lanyard hole in the rear bolster allows attachment of a wrist loop.
See the Puma Earl Lockback for another practical folding knife from Puma.