The manufacture of Puma knives started in Solingen, Germany, in 1769. The first imports to the United States began in 1957. Puma creates sporting and hunting knives in several styles. The antique Puma knives are collector's items due to their quality workmanship. As with all collectibles, there are replicas for sale that do not bear the distinguishing marks of a true Puma product.
Observe the blade of the knife to find the name of the Puma make. All authentic Puma's have the name printed on the blade.
Look on the blade for the knife number of succession in the make or line of the Puma knife. Each blade is stamped with a number indicating how many knives of that make were produced through the manufacture date. For example, the knives are numbered in ascending numbers over the years to establish the age of the knife in the same manner as numbered collectible artwork.
Examine the type of steel in an imprint on the knife blade. Antiques bear the words "Genuine Pumaster Steel Germany." These have carbon steel blades. The newer models that do not have these words on them incorporate stainless steel blades in their manufacturing process.
Look for the official Puma insignia on the blade. The insignia includes a diamond shape with a profile view of a puma head inside it and the word Puma underneath the diamond.
Tips & Warnings
- In 1965, Puma included a number system that is a code for the manufacture date of that particular knife. Imprints on each knife include these numbers along with the model number and a certificate of authenticity with the same distinct number.
- Antique models include the words "Handmade" along with the make and knife number.
- Classifications of Puma knives include Hunting, Scouting and Trekking; Folding-blade; Fixed-blade; Steel-lock Frame; Snake Series; White Hunters;Traditional Lock Backs; and Hobbytec and Sportec. Within each of these classes, there are many makes.
- Before purchasing an antique knife for a collection, it is a good idea to make sure the knife is authentic and get a knowledgeable estimate of value.
- Photo Credit Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images
Description of a Puma Cat
The felis concolor or puma cat is the fourth-largest species of cat on earth and is second only to the jaguar in...
Queen Knife Identification
The Queen Cutlery Company makes fine antique style folding and fixed blade knives using high quality materials. The knives are handmade on...
How to Identify Antique Knives
Knives have been around for more than 5,000 years. Many types and variations have developed over time. With so many knives in...
How Do I Read the Date Code for a Remington 572?
With a classic look that hasn't changed much since 1955, it can be difficult at first glance to determine the age of...
How to Date Puma Knives
Beginning in 1964, Puma knives began stamping their products with a date code. The code is a two-, three- or five-digit number...
How to Determine the Age of a Western Knife
Many people like to collect pocket knives and hunting knives. One issue you, as a beginning collector, may come across is how...
How to Spot Fake Puma Shoes
Counterfeit sneakers have been around as long as name-brand sneakers have been sought-after items. The quality of fake shoes and the degree...
How to Identify Camillus Knives
Camillus Knives were first made in 1901 by a company named Camillus Cutlery, located in Camullus, New York. It was founded by...
How to Date Imperial Knives
Imperial knives was a manufacturer of affordable American folding knives founded in Rhode Island in 1916. By the 1940s, Imperial knives became...
The Adaptations of the Puma
The puma, or puma concolor, is also known by other names, such as cougar and mountain lion. Pumas have inhabited a variety...
Tomahawk Fighting Techniques
Developed as a hunter-gatherer and agricultural tool, the hatchet also became a deadly weapon, one used primarily among Native American tribes up...