PUMA 3573 BAYERNMESSER Boot Knife made in 1981 in Solingen, Germany. Sambar stag handle scales, original leather sheath and retail box included. Rare type in UNUSED condition – VERY hard to find this nice and complete nowadays.
Vintage PUMA model 3573 BAYERNMESSER (Boot Knife) with genuine India stag handle scales, original boot-carry brown leather sheath and the classic “old” Puma green/yellow plastic retail box; scarce unused condition. Allegedly, Puma manufactured this model with some feedback from the German paratroopers who wanted an ultra-slim knife which could be easily tucked into a boot. This knife is as beautiful as it is practical – the entire knife is hand-crafted from a single piece of steel; it is slim, light, but very strong. The date stamp on the handle’s spine is 15181, indicating it was made in the 1st half of 1981.
This is a superb quality full-tang construction knife with genuine India sambar stag handle scales. The knife is about 8-1/8” / 20.7 cm overall; the blade is about 4-1/2″ / 11.5 cm long. Genuine Sambar stag handle scales provide a very positive and comfortable grip; the pins are nickel-silver. All parts are tight with no play. The blade has an original factory edge; it is RAZOR-sharp; the tip is intact; the Rockwell hardness factory test sticker is still on the blade. The green-n-yellow plastic box is original; the interior foam cushioning has completely disintegrated. Original boot-carry sheath is also unused; it’s in excellent condition; all parts are tight. This vintage PUMA 3573 BAYERNMESSER Boot Knife is in excellent overall condition; it will be a welcome addition to any collection.
I recently purchased several vintage knives from a family of a long-time knife collector. I addition to a couple of vintage Puma, Al Mar, Case XX, Browning, and Remington knives, I have several pre-WW2 American blades, as well as WW2 era fighting daggers and WW1 trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section. This minty PUMA 3573 BAYERNMESSER Boot Knife has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original condition; these are the actual photos.
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