What is my PUMA knife worth ?

  We are often asked about where you can find pricing information  on PUMA knives.  It seems that everyone would like to know what the value of their knife is..... and I don't blame them.  We are very often in the same boat. The short answer is that there is no free resource available that we are aware of.  In our opinion, here are the reasons for that answer.  

!. For each model that you can think of,  there may be 50  or more years of production.  For that reason, a White Hunter produced in 1962 should be worth more than a White Hunter produced in 2002.

2. Buyers and Sellers have to agree on condition.  What is Mint Condition to some is only Near Mint to others. Condition has a heavy influence on the price of a knife.

3. Rarity is also a big factor.  Many people cannot agree on price because in their mind it is more  or less rare than what other person may think. 

4. Lastly, no one really wants to keep a public record  of what they got for the last one, hoping to make more on the next one.

Having said that, there are resources that, for a monthly or annual fee, you can obtain information about past sales at auction for most knives.  The problem is, unless you are constantly using the service for multiple items, it is hardly worth the cost. Worthpoint comes to mind as a example of this service to sellers and buyers. The usual client of these services are dealers in antiques who cannot possible stay on top of all things sold in their stores.

When it comes down to it,  your  knife is worth what another person is willing to pay for it. Sometimes the price is all over the place and fluctuates wildly.

My suggestion to people who ask the question is for them to evaluate auction sites such as eBay and get an idea of what a similar knife  in similar condition has recently sold for.  Over time you can an idea of the sale trends for your knife.

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The PUMA Chronicle

1769 Johann Wilhelm Lauterjung writes down his trademark in the knife makers rolls of Solingen - The PUMA history began. 1855 His great-granchild Nathaniel ( 1815-1865 ) moved the production to the nearby city of Solingen. 1876 His son, Ernest Otto Lauterjung ( 1855 - 1931 ) for the first time also manufactures pocket-knives, stilettos, sabers and hunting knives in an additional small factory. 1900 On May 26th, the name "PUMA-Werk, Lauterjung und Sohn" is written down on the Solingen register of companies. 1920 The sons Eugen ( 1883 - 1961 ) Franz ( 1888 - 1976 ) build a second plant in Solingen and push the export business.  PUMA became known internationally before WWII. 1936 - 1945 During the second World War the production is put under the authority of the war industry. 1946  Return to the civilian production of pocket and household knives. 1953  Oswald von Frankenburg and Ludwigsdorf ( 1915 - 1986 ) husband of Renate Lauterjung changes the production to functional hunting, fishing, outdoor and sporting knives.  In cooperation with top forestry commissioner Walte Frevert , numerous classics are developed ( Waidbesteck, Jagdnicker, Waidmesser, Universal Hunting knife and Hog Spear ). The bloodhound leader Tassius designs the Rüdemann and Wiltöte. 1956 PUMA develops the model White Hunter for the East Africa Hunting Organization. 1964  PUMA  develops the number system. Every model gets an examining number of its own, including guarantee exercise book, with production year. 1967  Renate von Frankenburg takes over the management of PUMA-Werk. 1986  Oswald von Frankenburg and Ludwigsdorf dies and leaves an economically highly profitable and internationally recognized enterprise behind. 1991  Sale of PUMA-Werk to the Solingen family Hindrichs. 1995 Harald Lauer, already active in the enterprise since the end of the seventies, becomes Managing Director of PMA-Werk.  Under his management new production methods are forced, e.g. CNC controllers and laser technology. 1998  Sale to businessman Heinrich Hiepass -Aryus and removal to the modern industrial area "Auferhöhe". 2003 Next to the classic line PUMA offers its ustomers a series of very qualitative knives in traditional design under the label "PUMA IP" ( PUMA International Production ) 2008  With PUMA TEC completes in knife program with economically atractive, fixed blade and folding knives with a modern look. 2009 / 2010  The traditional company provides an internet program " PUMA Individual" in which the customer can assemble his own original PUMA knife independently and individually.      
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Boxes and Packaging

  This is a section that will take some time to build and it will happen over time. The focus now will be on the main types of packaging that was in primary use during the 60's through the 80's.  It is an extensive topic and in some cases will require some research to cover the topic thoroughly .  For that reason, we are starting small here.
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Understanding Puma Model Numbers

Here is a brief description of the model number system for PUMA. Model numbers for all PUMA knives have four digits.  In the case of folding knifes, the first digit is always zero.  In 1987 PUMA  added two digits before the model number, making it a six digit number to designate what type of knife and material was used to make the knife. By looking at the first two digits of the new model numbering system you can tell a lot of information about the knife. You need to combine the Type and Material to get the first two digits of the model number. Listed below is the prefix digit system used. Click on the document to enlarge it.
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Puma Collecting Charts

Gutman Distributing was the first distributor for the USA.  They developed a guide for the collecting community for knives which they sold to dealers.  The following charts are meant as a guideline. In most cases, the charts represent what years Gutman imported these knives in their business.  These knives may have been produced before and /or after after the Guide produced by Gutman.  One example of this is the Trapper's Companion.  The chart only shows the the knife was imported only 1 year.  As you may know the Trapper's Companion was produced before 1972 as shown on the chart. Here are the Guides:
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Knife Production Codes

In the fourth quarter of 1964,  PUMA implemented a new control system.  This control system helped establish quality control measures in production activities.  The code itself is a 5 digit number.  Using the following chart, one can determine when his / her knife was made.  The Control number, also known as the Production Code or the Date Code is located on different location, depending on the model.  In most cases, you can find the code on the finger guard near the blade.  In some cases, the code was stamped into the handle of the knife on wood handled models.  On folding knives with blade locks, the Control Number was stamped on the Spring where you depress to close the blade. The smaller folder without locks,  the number was stamped on the inside of the brass liner.  On the Waidmesser knife you can find it stamped on the brass where the corkscrew is. Not all knives have Control Numbers.  The Scout Models is an example of no Control Number. You can also use this link to determine the age of your knife. For PUMA Knives in Germany, use this link: Here are the code charts. Click on the image to make it bigger.  
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