They’ve got their own way of doing things, even when it comes to raising money. A pocket knife carried by former SEAL Team 6 member “Mark Owen” during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden went for $35,400 during “The Silent Professional” online charity auction to aid special forces personnel in need. Mark Owen is the pseudonym of the former Navy SEAL who wrote “No Easy Day,” a memoir of the mission.
He carried the knife for eight years; it was crafted for him Ernest Emerson of Emerson Knives, who offered a letter of authenticity to the winning bidder. “‘Owen’ is the real guy and this is the real knife,” Mr. Emerson says.
“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,” Mr. Owen says. “One team, one fight.”
Other items in the auction: a Taliban helmet and a black leather jacket from Mexico’s “federales” police force. The efforts raised more than $76,000, all of which went to three charities, including the Green Beret Foundation.
Outdoorhub.com writer Daniel Xu speculates that the auctioned knife is an Emerson CQC-7B.
“From the images on the auction’s page, the knife seems to be an Emerson CQC-7B, which has a blade length of 3.375 inches and a tanto tip,” he says. “The knife series is very popular with Special Forces operators and has seen use in battlefields around the world. While made for combat, the knife would also fare equally well in the outdoors, if a bit on the shorter side. This knife is also notable in that it comes in a chisel grind and is made from 154CM stainless steel.”