Case Astronaut Knife

Discussion in 'Collectors Corner..' started by Mike Carter, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. Mike Carter

    Mike Carter Well-Known Member

    This is one of favorites from my collection of factory knives. Case made the M-1 survival knife for NASA and these were carried on every manned Apollo and Gemini space flight. One went to the moon with Neil Armstrong.

    They chose a big survival knife because in those days the space capsule returned to earth by parachute and there was a possibility that it might land in a remote area or jungle. It is 17" long overall and has a 11 3/4" blade. It features white polypropolene handles (the lightest plastic that gives off no toxic fumes in case of a fire) and saw teeth along the back of the blade.

    Case made 2,494 of the knives for sale to the public at $75.00 each between 1966 and 1972.




    In 1983 Case produced a special "2nd run" of 1000 knives commemorating NASA's 25th anniversary. The anniversary knife is identical to the original M-1 except that the blade has been etched with a special color logo.

  2. Frstr8

    Frstr8 Designated Dog Photo Chopper

    Had no clue. Thanks for the history lesson!
  3. BRad704

    BRad704 Well-Known Member

    That's pretty awesome stuff! Thanks for sharing with us... I am intrigued by all-things-NASA and worked 21-straight days on the end of the Columbia recovery.
  4. fishwolf

    fishwolf Member

    Now that is cool!

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