Knife, Astronaut Survival


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This is a duplicate of a hand-wrought survival knife made by the Randall Knives Co., a maker of speciality knives of all types. One was carried as equipment on Alan Shepard's "Freedom 7" suborbital Mercury mission on May 5, 1961. On this flight, Shepard became the first American, and second human (after Yuri Gagarin), in space. The original survival knife was lost when the hatch was jettisoned after landing in the Atlantic Ocean.

W.D. Randall, Jr., gave this knife to the Smithsonian.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Gift of Mr. W.D. Randall, Jr.


Steel, leather, micarta


3-D: 24.1 × 8.3 × 2.5cm (9 1/2 × 3 1/4 × 1 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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