How much would knife collectors pay to own a piece of history? A fair amount, especially if the knife itself is already top-quality. A knife reportedly used in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan recently went for auction, drawing in a top bid of $35,400.
The knife belonged to none other than “Mark Owen,” a pseudonym for the retired Navy SEAL who wrote the controversial first-hand account of the mission in the memoir No Easy Day.
Owen was previously a member of SEAL Team 6, the elite unit that stormed the house bin Laden was hiding in. Prior to the mission Owen was given an Emerson CQC-7 tactical folding knife by its designer Earnest Emerson.
According to the auction page, Owen carried the knife for over eight years and has now put the knife up for auction to help For the Boys, a fundraising event that will raise money for a number of charities benefiting Special Operation Forces.
“I’m donating the knife because the owner of Combat Flip flops is a friend and when he told me about this ….