Knife, Survival, Machete, with Sheath

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Display Status:

This object is on display in the Human Spaceflight exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This machete was part of one of two survival rucksacks transferred to the Smithsonian in 1978. Documentation tags attached is several items within these rucksacks indicate that some were carried aboard Apollo 15 in July/August 1971. Items making up the second rucksack were presumably used for training. There are two survival machetes, both are associated with an aluminum sheath. The knives have razor-sharp stainless steel blades with back edges designed to perform as a saw.

This machete is not tagged and is likely one used for astronaut training.

Transferred to the Smithsonian from NASA in 1978.

Collection Item Long Description:

Title

Survival Knife with Sheath (Machete), Apollo 15

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

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Materials

  • BLADE - STAINLESS STEEL
  • HANDLE - ALUMINIUM
  • SHEATH - ALUMINIUM AND NYLON

Dimensions

3-D: 44.5 × 7.6 × 2.9cm, 0.5kg (1 ft. 5 1/2 in. × 3 in. × 1 1/8 in., 1lb.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Survival

Inventory Number

A19781452001