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Comment by Howard P Reynolds on August 15, 2015 at 21:21

Thank you for the history, Jan.  And thanks to Shlomo and Clint.  A bit of a shame that I used my Solingen made Puma Prince in Stag, Puma Rudemann in Stag, and Puma straight razor.  If they were NIB, I might get a handsome price for them.

Comment by Jan Carter on August 15, 2015 at 20:09

Company History


1769 - Johann Wilhelm Lauterjung registers his PUMA® trademark with the Knifemaker’s Guild in Solingen and starts PUMA® in a small shop on the Wupper river.
1855 – Nathaniel, Johann’s great grandson, moves PUMA® to Solingen.
1876 Nathaniel’s son Otto Lauterjung (1855-1931) introduces pocket knives, stilettos, sabers, and hunting knives.
1900 – PUMA®-WERK Lauterjung und Sohn” is written down on the Solingen register of companies.
1920 – Otto’s sons Eugen (1883-1969) and Franz (18888-1976) build a second plant in Solingen and develop the export market. PUMA® becomes famous on the international market. 
1936-1945 – PUMA® production is put under the authority of the War Production board
1945 – Return to civilian production of pocket and household knives
1953 – Oswald von Frankenberg and Ludwigsdorf (1915-1986), the husband of Renate Lauterjung, increases the company’s focus on hunting , fishing, and outdoor knives. While working with the famous German forester Walter Frevert, numerous PUMA® classics such as the Waidbesteck, Jagdnicker, Waidmesser, and Saufeder (hog spear) are developed. The famous bloodhound hunter Tassius designs the Rudemann and the Wildtoter.
1956 – The White Hunter knife is developed in conjuction with the East African Professional Hunter’s Association.
1957 – Kurt Gutmann of Gutmann Cutlery Company in New York becomes the U.S. distributor.
1964 – Military Series introduced.
1965 – PUMA® incorporates date codes on its knives that indicate when each knife was made. 
1967 – Renate von Frankenberg becomes the General Manager of PUMA®-Werk

1969 – Much of the PUMA® factory is destroyed by fire. Many old records and tools are lost. 
1986 – Oswald von Frankenberg and Ludwigsdorf dies, leaving a healthy and growing company behind.1991 – PUMA®-Werk is sold to the Hindrichs family of Solingen. 
1995 – Harald Lauer becomes Managing Director of PUMA®-Werk. Harald has been instrumental in PUMA®’s growth since the late 1970s and introduces new production methods including CNC controllers and laser technology.
1998 PUMA®-Werk is sold to Heiner Hiepass-Aryus and moved to the modern Solingen industrial park “Aufderhohe”.
2009 – PUMA® Knife Company U.S.A. of Lenexa Kansas becomes the North American distributor of PUMA®.
2010 – SGB German Blade line of knives is introduced.

That is as far as the history on their site goes Howard.  To the best of my knowledge all the SGB's are the china made? 

Comment by Shlomo ben Maved on August 15, 2015 at 10:52

I knew of these knives back in 2010 or so and they had been getting atrocious reviews for their quality and the reviews haven't improved much since.

Puma still makes knives in Solingen (and are marked as such) but they are about five times more expensive.

Comment by Howard P Reynolds on August 15, 2015 at 9:53

Clint, or anybody:  When did this Puma switch begin?  I picked up a couple Pumas in Germany in the '80s, and they were made in Germany.  Then later some Puma models were made in Spain, but you could tell the difference.  When did China get involved?

Comment by Clint Thompson on August 15, 2015 at 9:22

Charles Shlomo is correct.  Now I am not saying these knives are poor quality. I would have to T&E one to see how they stood up.  I am saying they are not made in Germany.  Most if not all, of Puma knives are made in China. China then ships them off to Germany where they are sold and exported.  Yes they will say made in Germany but they are not.  The clue is if the Puma costs less than 120.00 USD then the knife is made in China. One of these knives which cost us $30 cost the dealer $15, Puma $10 and China to make 90 cents. I talked to a US auto knife maker who told me a knife which cost him $80 to make was quoted at 90 cents by a Chinese knife manufacture.

Comment by peter force on August 15, 2015 at 5:57

hey charles!!  here is a great spot to start you off on PUMA KNIVES!!!... 

HOPE THIS HELPS..this is one heck of a blog for info!  


Comment by Shlomo ben Maved on August 15, 2015 at 3:55

Charles, those are Chi-Comm made Pumas.

Comment by Charles Sample on July 24, 2015 at 17:26

I don't know much about Puma but this looks like some good prices on Puma knives.


Comment by Tobias Gibson on July 15, 2015 at 9:03

Well something is crazy in that video.

Comment by Charles Sample on July 14, 2015 at 22:32

That is crazy Jan!  LOL


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