Case Astronaut Knife M-1

Posted: May 08, 2019
Case Astronaut Knife M-1
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The original Case Astronaut Knife M-1 blades traveled to the moon and back 9 times from 1968-1972. NASA commissioned them from W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company to stock the spacecraft for their Apollo program. For 2019, Case has released a tribute M-1, a reproduction of the original machete-style knife made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11's moon landing.

Presuming you're one of the people who believes we landed on the moon. (Those who don't, or who are looking for a gift for those who don't think we landed on the moon, I've got you covered too.)

When NASA hired Case, they requested their onboard knife be lightweight, with both a sharp cutting edge and saw teeth on the back. The base of the Case Astronaut Knife M-1 was intended for prying items from terrain, and the handle, made of an ultra-light synthetic, was designed to withstand hard impacts without shattering. The knife also could emit no fumes so as not to contaminate spacecraft air purity.

Today's Case Astronaut Knife M-1 follows the same protocol, but probably won't serve the same uses. The blade is a 11 3/4" high carbon stainless steel and the handle a smooth white synthetic. Total length is 17" and weight 10.8 ounces.

The knife will arrive in a 2-piece box with a consecutive serial number on the blade.

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