Bomber Pilot's Survival Machete Knife with original pouch, 1970s-80s.
Heavy stainless steel blade has a serial number stamped on the flat upper edge. Comes with original pouch in heavy duty, durable nylon with Velcro closure and belt loop. The pouch is marked "Machete Knife" in Russian and shows quality inspection stamp.
In excellent unissued condition. The factory sharpened blade is perfectly clean, completely free of pitting or rust. Note, the grip was carried separately and is not included. The pouch shows a few snags from storage, no other wear or soiling.
This machete was standard equipment onboard Soviet Strategic Bombers since the 70s; reportedly only one was supplied per plane as opposed to the NAZ survival packs issued to every member of the crew. The same machete was also used by the Soviet cosmonauts stowed aboard Soyuz return modules as part of survival gear. These were never available outside military aviation or space program and were in fact illegal to regular Soviet citizens to carry or own.