1980 Vintage PUMA "THE AFRICAN BIG FIVE" Knife Set - Only 160 Sets Made - Mint In Puma Presentation Wood Box - SN: 52
Very nice mint Vintage PUMA 1980 "THE AFRICAN BIG FIVE " Knife Set. Gorgeous hand scrimshaw handles with hand engraved polished brass bolsters. There were only 160 sets produced by PUMA. The PUMA model number is 16-120 No. 52. There are five Puma (5) knife models in this set.
PUMA originally was going to produce 500 of each knife and 200 sets, but only 160 sets where completed, and all 500 knives where never completed. All five knives have matching serial numbers. This set is serial number 52.
The satin finished blades have awesome deep zebra etching filled with gold on both sides of the blades. The brass bolsters are elaborately hand engraved. The hand engraving was done by the PUMA master engravers, Jürg and Gerda Hensel and their team of engravers and carvers.
The knives come in a very nice presentation display case that is lined with red velvet.
PUMA only made 160 of these sets and each is individually serial numbered. The serial number is on the back of the blade. This is a chance to own a great piece of PUMA cutlery history.
The five knife models in the set are:
1) Leopard: 16 - 155, 3" closed
2) Lion: 16 - 160, 3 3/4" closed
3) Cape Buffalo: 16 - 165, 4 1/4" closed
4) Rhino: 16 - 170, 5" closed
5) Elephant: 16 - 175, 5 1/2" closed
Each knife features an engraved and gold filled Solingen stainless steel blade. The handles are hand scrimshawed Ivory Micarta. Each handle has three polished brass rivets. The handles have the picture and name of "THE AFRICAN BIG FIVE" on the front and rear of the handle.
The five knives comes in the original factory PUMA presentation wood box.
These PUMA knives were hand made in Solingen, Germany in 1980 and were made to the highest PUMA quality in Solingen, Germany.