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Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

Article about: Hi there, I would like to introduce you to one of the well-known German combat knives from Puma Solingen. These knives are available with three different logos and two different blades. Here

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    Default Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Hi there,

    I would like to introduce you to one of the well-known German combat knives from Puma Solingen.
    These knives are available with three different logos and two different blades.

    Here is the variant with the manufacturer's logo "Ia Gusstahl Puma Solingen" and the drop point blade.

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade


    Here are some details of the knife:

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade


    The handle scales are made of Bakelite and are triple riveted to the tang.

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade


    The shock leather consists of imitation leather

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade


    The guard is made of zinc alloy.

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade


    It is still not finally clear whether these knives were procured privately or by the military or both.
    Interestingly, this piece even has the price tag on the blade. Accordingly, the knife cost 5 Reichsmarks (RM).

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade


    The scabbard with clamp is typical of this model.

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade


    Also included was a carrying bag to carry the knife on the belt. It is difficult to say whether these could be bought separately or whether they were made by the soldier himself.

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

    Boot Knife / Fighting Knife Puma Solingen - Ia Gusstahl - Drop Point Blade

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    Another great knife

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    Thank you for this great informatic post.
    Great pics and described very well, you schooled me thx for that!

    Best
    Ger

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    Superb example.

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    Great thread, and a top end example. I don't think that I've ever seen a price before, but from one perspective it does make sense. With government marked items it's clear that they were government property. Conversely - a permanently marked price would indicate that an individual purchased the knife, and it was his personal property. Best Regards, Fred

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    A good point Fred. A price mark does rather suggest private purchase. And that makes sense give the quality of these Puma knives. And at 5 RM, twice the price of a HJ knife (according to my WKC price list).

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    Quote by Frogprince View Post
    Great thread, and a top end example. I don't think that I've ever seen a price before, but from one perspective it does make sense. With government marked items it's clear that they were government property. Conversely - a permanently marked price would indicate that an individual purchased the knife, and it was his personal property. Best Regards, Fred
    Well compared to an army dagger that 5 RM was pretty good value for money.
    The army dagger costed 11.50 - 12.00 RM

    Ger

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