The name Puma Bowie resonates with a legacy steeped in tradition and revered for its craftsmanship. Born from the blades of Solingen Germany, this iconic hunting knife has carved its mark in history, embodying a perfect harmony of heritage and functionality. Join us as we delve deep into the essence of the Puma Bowie, exploring its design, performance, and the storied lineage that makes it a timeless companion in the wild.
Solingen’s Legacy in Knife Crafting
Solingen, Germany, has long been recognized as a skilled craftsmen center. The craftsmen located there have developed a long-standing reputation for producing high-quality knives. In addition, Puma Knives has long been a part of this German tradition of producing fine-quality cutlery.
A Testament to German Craftsmanship
Thus, the Puma Bowie knife is a fine example of this German tradition it features a total length of 11 1/2” with a 6”, California Clip Point blade steel made from 440C stainless high carbon steel with a hollow, saber grind hardened to 57-60 Rockwell.
In addition, this type of knife also features a stainless steel bolster with a single quillion and full-tang with naturally dropped, stag antler, and handle slabs and it includes a fine quality leather sheath.
Exquisite Design and Detail
Like the Puma White Hunter knife, the Puma Bowie has always lived in my memory as a shining icon of what a production hunting knife should look like. In fact, when I was a kid, I recall that local hardware stores were very common and every hardware store you went into had display cases full of Case, Buck, and Old Timer knives.
Occasionally, you would run across a special store that has a display of German-made Puma knives. Thus, just like every other budding knife aficionado, I too would spend countless minutes staring at those cases until I was forcefully dragged away by a parent. But, I never forgot the Puma Bowie knife and I have always wanted to own one ever since.
Puma Bowie Features:
In fact, the Puma Bowie is actually a very well-designed hunting knife with its 6” clip-point blade made from 440C steel (one of my favorite knife steels) and its graceful edge and sweep. Consequently, this knife would be large enough to take on really large game such as hippo or crocodiles; and yet, hold an edge throughout the entire process.
Plus, with a 16% to 18% Chromium content, this steel is highly corrosion-resistant. In addition, as a compliment to the fine steel blade, the Puma Design features handle slabs made from the antlers of the wild stag (similar to some of these small-sized EDC blades) which are formed via a meticulous manufacturing process to make this knife a truly unique, one-of-a-kind hunting tool.
The said process goes this way:
- First, each scale is boiled, stabilized, and dried over a period of weeks.
- Next, the slabs are individually cut and hand fitted to the knife and brass rivets are then used to attach the scales to the tang.
- Last, the rivet heads are filed and finally, the handle is burnished to a precise size and shape for optimal fit and function.
Therefore, the Puma Bowie will always live in my memory as a shining example of what a high-quality hunting knife should be.
In addition, although owning a knife made in Solingen, Germany may no longer mean what it once did amongst knife aficionados, Puma Knives are still made with the same quality materials, meticulous hand-craftsmanship, and acute attention to detail that they always have been. Thus, we would be proud to own a Puma Bowie knife or any of the knives that they produce.
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