Since 1769 Puma has been producing the finest hunting, sporting and gentleman's knives and this tradition of quality is apparent as soon as you hold a Puma knife in your hand.
Puma knives hold a very special place in the hearts of countless South Africans. For thousands of hunters, a Puma knife has been a trusted friend on hunting trips and other outdoor adventures. And after a long absence Puma knives are now again available locally.
Of particular interest to Puma aficionados will be the availability of the iconic Puma White Hunter model that has been a benchmark hunting knife for more than six decades. It is handmade in Solingen, Germany, and was developed in 1956 in conjunction with the East African Professional Hunter’s Association to be the leading knife for big game hunting.
The White Hunter features stag handles, made from the shed antlers of Wild Stag, and these are formed via a meticulous manufacturing process and make the knife a truly unique, one-of-a-kind tool. In the first step of the process each scale is boiled, stabilized, and dried over a period of weeks. In the second step, the handle is individually cut and hand fitted to the White Hunter knife. Brass rivets are used to attach the scales to the knife. The rivet heads are filed and, finally, the handle is burnished to a precise size and shape for optimal fit and function.
The White Hunter’s blade is German-grade 1.4116 stainless steel for sharpness retention, toughness, and corrosion resistance. During formation of the initial steel bars, trace elements such as carbon, chromium and silicon are added to maintain the temper yet inhibit rust. Other trace elements, such as manganese, phosphorus, sulfur, and molybdenum, are also added to give the blade better structural strength and consistency by aligning the molecules more evenly during cooling.
After the initial steel bars are formed, the blade is hot-drop forged, wherein the steel bars are heated to 3150-4200 degrees Fahrenheit. Once heated, the blade is placed between two dies and mechanically forged under 2200 pounds of pressure to fit the shape of the dies. The hot drop forging process not only shapes the blade, but it also further improves the molecular structure of the steel. Once the PUMA blade is forged, it is tempered and hand finished in 22 separate steps by skilled craftsmen. Each step uses increasingly fine lubricants, oil coolants, and special polishing grease.
Once all the steps of the manufacturing process have been completed, the final product is a knife of heirloom quality. The appeal of a Puma White Hunter lies in the fact that it delivers exceptional craftsmanship and value, and one of these knives is an investment that will continue to faithfully serve several generations of hunters to come.
Puma knives are distributed in South Africa by Inyathi Sporting Supplies. Safari and Outdoor currently sells the Puma White Hunter knife for R4,749.
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