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.
Beginning in 1964, Puma knives began stamping their products with a date code.
The code is a two-, three- or five-digit number stamped into the pushing spring of pocket knives, or on the finger guard of fixed blade knives.
The code isn't the easily-discernible kind, and it's undergone change several times over the years.
I have an "original Bowie" that has no discernable date code on it.
I'm wondering if it can be dated by the pattern of the sheath.
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. 1936-1945 – PUMA® production is put under the authority of the War Production board1945 – Return to civilian production of pocket and household knives1953 – 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.In the fourth quarter of 1964, PUMA implemented a new control system.This control system helped establish quality control measures in production activities. Using the following chart, one can determine when his / her knife was made.The only reliable way to tell your Puma knife's manufacture date is through the company's website.Puma provides an interactive field on its frequently asked questions page where you can enter the digit code on your knife.Great photos and a little history of Puma at the back side, more...