The Navy SEAL known as “Mark Owen” is auctioning off the Emerson CQC-7 folding knife he carried on the Abbotobad raid that finally brought some measure of justice to Osama Bin Laden on 5/1/11. At press time, the highest bid stood at a cool five grand and if you want to up the ante, you’d better act fast: the auction closes on May 15 at precisely 20:00 hours . . .
“Mark Owen” is of course the pseudonym of the DEVGRU operator who wrote “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden.” The SEAL is donating all auction proceeds to a charity benefiting spec ops soldiers and their families.
Those who would be (understandably) skeptical that such a unique collectible would actually be auctioned should be reassured: the Daily Caller verified its authenticity by contacting none other than the knife’s creator, Ernest Emerson.
From the Daily Caller:
“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,” according to a statement attributed to Mark Owen on the auction site www.24fundraiser.com.
To confirm the authenticity of the knife, The Daily Caller contacted Ernest Emerson, the famed weapons expert who designed and created the knife.
Emerson told TheDC that he gave the knife to Owen, saying that Owen should “see that this serves a good purpose.”
“I placed the knife into his hands,” Emerson told TheDC. “He is known to me. … [The knife] is real, and it is his knife that was carried on the mission.”
Is it just me, or does five grand seem like a steal for an artifact of this provenance? And is it any coincidence that Emerson’s website already lists the CQC-7B-BT as sold out?