Navy SEAL’s Knife Carried During Bin Laden Raid Fetches $35,400 at Auction
How much would you pay to own a knife carried by a Navy SEAL on the raid in Pakistan that...
How much would you pay to own a knife carried by a Navy SEAL on the raid in Pakistan that finally took Osama Bin Laden off the Most Wanted list?
One auction bidder thought $35,400 was the right price for this history-laden folder (an example of the knife model is pictured above).
According to ABC News, the knife is an Emerson CQC-7B, a model popular throughout the Special Forces, and was carried as a secondary blade by a former SEAL Team Six member, indentified by his author pseudonym Mark Owen. He’s the same retired SEAL who wrote the first-hand account of the mission, “No Easy Day”. (The New York Daily News has reported Owen’s real name is Matt Bissonnette.)
According to the auction writeup, Owen received the knife as a gift years ago, but donated it to a friend raising money for several charities that benefit Special Operation Forces, hoping the blade and the history behind it, would attract a substantial offer. In addition to the knife, the winner also receives certificates of authenticity from Owen and knife maker Earnest Emerson.
It was one of several items in the charity auction put on by The Macalan Group along with Combat Flip Flops and Intelligent Waves IW in Tampa, Floriday this week.
The proceeds from the knife sale will go to the family of Brett “Shady” Shadle, who served in SEAL Team Six with Owen and was killed in an Arizona training accident in March.
“I’m donating the knife because the owner of Combat Flip Flops is a friend and when he told me about this auction and all the good that the money raised was going to go towards, I wanted to help in any way that I could,” Owen said on OutdoorHub.com. “Giving back to our community is very important to me and if donating this knife to charity helps with that process then I’m more than happy to do it!”