Knife, Astronaut Survival

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    Survival Knife : Friendship 7

    Survival knife carried by astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., during the first U.S. manned orbital space flight, Feb. 20, 1962.
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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

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.