Case Astronaut Knife M-1

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Case Astronaut Knife M-1

Taken on the Gemini and Apollo missions, the M-1 knife — reissued in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing — is exceptionally durable and lightweight. The Tru-Sharp stainless blade features a double row of saw teeth and a blunt base, designed to enable explorers to pry specimens from celestial terrain.


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Taken on the Gemini and Apollo missions, the M-1 knife — reissued in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing — is exceptionally durable and lightweight. The Tru-Sharp stainless blade features a double row of saw teeth and a blunt base, designed to enable explorers to pry specimens from celestial terrain.

Story

Since its inception in 1958, NASA has been known for both its world-changing research and pioneering inventions. To equip the astronauts of the Gemini and Apollo missions with the best blade available, NASA turned to Case to help create a piece that exceeded military specifications. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Case is reissuing the original M-1 knife. The exceptionally durable handle is made from a lightweight synthetic that doesn’t emit any fumes, which was necessary to ensure the purity of air in spacecraft. The Tru-Sharp stainless blade features a double row of saw teeth along the spine, with a blunt base designed to enable explorers to pry specimens from celestial terrain.

Specs
  • Overall Length: 17"
  • Blade Length: 11.75"
  • Double row sharp saw teeth on spine.
  • Grind flat blade with satin finish.
Materials
  • 7.5 oz Tru-Sharp Stainless Machete Blade
  • Smooth White Synthetic Handle
Origin
  • Made in the U.S.A.
Care
  • Wipe clean.
History

In the early 1960s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) commissioned W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company - one of America's foremost manufacturers of premium knives - to develop a knife for the U.S. spacecraft in the Gemini and Apollo missions. The knife they created was stowed inside the ship's Command Module, along with other essential survival gear, meant to be used in the event the capsule landed off-course on Earth. In all, the Case® Astronaut Knife M-1 traveled to the Moon and back nine times between 1968 and 1972, as part of NASA's Apollo program.