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Fishing knife -- help with a fuzzy memory?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Sam1911, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator


    For some strange reason my mind just flickered for a moment over a long-forgotten memory that maybe you all could help me fill in a bit.

    When I was a kid, my Dad had what I thought was the world's coolest folding fishing knife. He didn't ever use it. It sat in a drawer of his dresser and I got to play with it very rarely, but it was obviously a pretty special piece.

    The blade was perhaps 6" long, maybe longer, and very narrow (no more than 3/4" wide at any point...probably less). The blade had a very slight recurve to the edge, but was also "clipped" into a very elongated bowie shape. The spine of the blade appeared to be serrated along its whole length.

    However, it wasn't really serrated, it was notched. The handle was chromed steel, almost square in profile, and patterned with a recessed diamonds grip surface, IIRC. The most fascinating part was that the butt end swelled out to a large round ball, perhaps 1-1/4" in diameter. (Folded, it kind of resembled a microphone!) Near the hinge was a large, sturdy steel bail. I can't remember a locking mechanism but I think it must have had one.

    The reason for all the strangeness was that once you caught a fish, you'd string it through the gills with a little monofilament formed into a loop. Unfold the knife, hang it from a lanyard through the bail, and then hook your mono loop over one of the blade spine notches.

    Each notch was marked in ounces, and you moved the loop fore and aft in the notches until the fish balanced opposite of that big steel ball -- and the location of that loop would show you how much your fish weighed!

    I thought it was CRAZY cool, and of course it was even cooler as Dad kept it stashed away in a drawer instead of ever using it.

    Anyone ever heard of such a thing, or know who made them? I somehow seem to recall it might have been German, but it was a high-quality piece, for sure.

    For all I know, he's still got it, but I haven't seen in in decades, probably. I'll have to ask next time I'm down his way, but anyone have any leads?

  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I know the one you are talking about.
    It certanly wasn't for 25 pound catfish or 5 pound bass now was it?? :D

    It will take an act of god for me to name it, but I will sooner or later.

    Goggle 'Folding Trout knife' and you might find one.

    The measure and scaler were for trout fishing.
    The scoop was used to scrape trout guts out with out skinning them.

  3. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Hmmm...this was a single-blade knife, though. No scaler or scoop.
  4. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    O ... M ... G! There it is! http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/08/this-gorgeous-vintage-fishing-knife-does-things-i-know-not-of/

    It WAS German, too. Made by Puma in Solengen (or at least the blade was). But ours almost certainly was not marked in kilos.

    Wonders never cease! Thanks for giving me the right keywords! :)

    Found an eBay listing that calls it a "Model 501."

    And, yes they were also made to read in lbs, and the last notch was for 12 lbs!

    Well, bust my britches! Even Cabela's lists them! http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camp.../Puma174-Knife-Sportfisher-Messer/1315810.uts
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Now you left me with a nagging memory in my head.

    I was thinking of something very similar that had a spoon for cleaning trout on it, not a ball.


  6. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Good looking fishing knife.

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