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Ⓒ Gallantry 2022



David Spielman
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Neil Armstrong Apollo 11Commander Neil Armstrong shoots a look of pure confidence with the knowledge that he’s about to embark on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon with a Case Astronaut Knife in Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11 (2019).

Behind every great product is a great story. The story behind The Astronaut Machete Knife M-1 from Case® is no exception.

In the 1960’s, the good folks at The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) all agreed on one thing - the military knife designs being submitted to them were just not making the “cut” for their upcoming now-famed Apollo program.

In a brilliant Hail Mary move, NASA sought out Case, one of the America’s foremost manufacturers of premium knives, and commissioned the legendary Blademakers to create a knife designed specifically for space, one that exuded zero fumes, a critical feature considering the need to maintain air purity with the spacecraft.

By 1969, it was finally go-time for Apollo 11.

By 1972, the Astronaut Knife M-1 from Case had traveled to the Moon and back a whopping nine times (!) from 1968-1972.

Sidebar: You can rent or buy Todd Douglas Murray’s Apollo 11 doc, featuring never-before-seen footage of NASA’s most celebrated mission, the first one put man on the moon, here .

Buzz Aldrin Apollo 11“Sweet EDC machete blade from Case®? Check.”
- Apollo 11 Pilot Buzz Aldrin, 1969

With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing looming in 2019, Case knew it was time to bring the heat. Thankfully, it had the oven piping hot and ready to go.

Soon enough, a sleek reproduction of its original registered trademark Astronaut Knife M-1, the first machete blade to make it to the moon and back, was being celebrated.

Spoiler Alert: That celebration is going full-tilt at Gallantry.

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in The Other Guys“What is that? C’mon, seriously, Alan. What kind of knife is that?”
- Detective Terry Holtz (Mark Wahlberg), The Other Guys (2010)

Will Ferrell and Eva Mendes in The Other Guys“It’s The Astronaut Knife M-1 Commemorative from Case.”
-Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell)

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in The Other Guys“Dude. Your Astronaut Knife M-1 Commemorative from Case® is insane. That EDC is scalding hot!”


Case Astronaut Knife In Box

There’s popular and there’s popular, you know what we mean? The Case Astronaut M-1 machete knife falls into the latter category. This epic recreation pays homage to the original, made for NASA’s Gemini and Apollo missions program, and does so in a major way that screams “trust me, you want me for survival”.

Packaged in a two-piece presentation box with a smooth, glossy ultra-lightweight white synthetic handle built for everyday use (the blunt base is perfect for prying items from any type of terrain), an embellished high carbon, heavy gauge Tru-Sharp™ stainless steel machete blade with an as-ground finish (with a sharp, cutting edge perfect for any heavy-duty task), a spine packing a double row of sharp saw teeth, and consecutive serialization, this commemorative knife is also proudly made in the USA (Bradford, PA to be exact).

Ideal for any controlled job that gets thrown your way, whether its bushwhacking in the woods, butchering in the kitchen, or coppicing a tree in the yard, the Astronaut Knife isn’t just the precise machete blade that you want– it’s the everyday carry machete that you need.


  • Embellished as-ground high carbon stainless steel fixed blade
  • Consecutive serialization
  • Machete blade
  • Smooth white synthetic handle
  • Ergonomic grip for highly accurate, controlled use
  • Overall Length: 17 inches
  • Blade Length: 11.75 inches
  • Weight: 7.5 ounces
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Available in White Synthetic

Case Astronaut Knife M-1

Case Astronaut Knife M-1


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Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard)“Hold on guy who looks a heck of a lot like Samuel L. Jackson. I believe I’ve found the perfect machete for my sling bag. Jane’s gonna dig it, too.”
- Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård), The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

Oh, and Tarzan, if you’re reading this (and from what we’ve been hearing, you are) - this is the pragmatic everyday carry version of the machete you’ve got. In other words, it’s the one you’ve been looking for. The sweet Case box fits right in your sling bag.

Margot Robbie in Tarzan“You had me at Case Astronaut Machete Knife M-1, Tarzan Boy.”
- Jane Clayton (Margot Robbie)

Astronaut: Mission Accomplished Mission accomplished.

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