BOKER Boker Knives of Solingen, Germany has been producing knives and tools for over a century, and today they are one of the foremost knife makers in the world. In 1869 Heinrich Boeker founded Heir. Boeker & Co in the town of Solingen in Germany. To identify their products for the overseas markets Heinrich chose a chestnut tree to represent an ideal, easy-to-remember symbol for their products. After WWII American interests acquired the name and the company took on the name Boker. Since then, not a single Boker article has left the Solingen factory without being identified by the tree symbol. Without exaggeration, Boker manufactures the largest assortment of high-quality knives for sportsmen and collectors with an unsurpassed variety of materials for blades and handles. Today, Boker knives range from 320-layer Damascus steel to very modern ceramics, with handles ranging from high-quality mother-of-pearl to Thuya root wood and state-of-the-art synthetics…
PUMA Puma Knives of Solingen, Germany first registered the trade mark PUMA® in 1769
The Famous PUMA® Proofmark – Lots of companies talk about the quality of their steel. PUMA® proves it. Every single PUMA® knife blade made in Germany for hardness. If you examine the right hand side of your knife, you will see a small indented dot on the blade. This small dot is the “proof mark” from a Rockwell hardness tester. Using a diamond-pointed needle, every blade is tested for hardness. This needle causes the proof mark that is a symbol of a PUMA and is your personal assurance that your knife will deliver the PUMA® quality promise.
Steel – The steel used to make PUMA German knives is arguably the best knife steel in the world. The proper amount of carbon makes a knife easy to sharpen and hold a cutting edge, but it also allows a knife to rust more easily unless other trace elements are added to protect oxidation. In their 440C steel, PUMA add about 1% carbon for a great edge and about 17% chromium to maintain the temper but inhibit rust. About 0.35% Silicon is also added to the base alloy to deoxidize the steel and further stabilize the blade. Additionally, other trace elements such as manganese, phosphorus, sulfur, and molybdenum are added to increase the ability of the steel to form an edge and hold it once formed. These trace elements cause the molecules to align more evenly when cooling to give better structural strength and consistency. This is a more expensive way to make knives, but every knife that bears the PUMA proof mark really does deliver the promise of the best knife blade in the world.