COSMONAUT SURVIVAL MACHETE.
Large 14 inch machete consisting of a long 9 inch triangular blade having a sharpened fore-edge and head with a 4 ½ removable black rubber handle. A long heavy weave nylon string is attached to the handle which is removable from the blade base via two screw pins. The blade is numbered "376 5959" and is housed in a gray nylon sheath having Velcro closures and belt loop. The sheath is stenciled: "Hok-mayete", [knife-machete].
All Russian Soyuz flights carried a machete identical to the present one to assist the cosmonaut crew after a remote unscheduled landing. A versatile tool with the ability to cut brush and small trees, loosen soil, and defend against wild animals.