Nine Giant Leaps for the Case Astronaut M-1

“One Small Step for Man… One Giant Leap for Mankind” -Neil Armstrong

July 16th, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch towards the moon. On July 20, 1960, the first men in history would make their mark on the moon. Physically, they left their footprints and an American flag. Emotionally, they made an even bigger mark. This mission kindled pride in the American people. To commemorate this anniversary, Case Knives remade their contribution to the moon landing: The Case Astronaut M-1, originally made for NASA’s Apollo and Gemini missions.

Case Astronaut M-1 Machete

Why did the astronauts need such a serious knife?

According to Case, the astronauts had two days worth of supplies to survive an off-course landing on earth. Their knife would come in handy on our own home planet in case of an emergency.

What else makes this knife special?

Other military knives didn’t make the cut (so to speak). “The [1966] handle was made of an ultra-lightweight synthetic which was found to withstand a hard impact without shattering. It also exuded no fumes, a feature that was critical to maintaining the purity of the air quality within the spacecraft,” described Case. “NASA replaced the white synthetic handle for a gray aluminum grip with a crosshatched surface.” Not only was the material makeup of the knife perfect for the mission, it was well-tested. It flew from Earth to the moon and back nine times to be sure that it could withstand the monumental trek.

Where can I get a Case Astronaut M-1?

At Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange! To commemorate the launch of the Apollo 11 half a century ago, we snagged one of these limited-edition knives. Now is the time to buy — we only have one in stock! It is located in our Dallas location at LBJ and Preston Rd.