Former SEAL who wrote book on bin Laden raid allegedly auctioning knife he carried

Posted at 7:02 AM, May 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-15 07:18:05-04

The former Navy SEAL who wrote a controversial book detailing his role in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is allegedly auctioning off the knife he carried on the mission.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit Special Operation Forces and their families, according to The Daily Caller.

Matt Bissonette, the SEAL who wrote “No Easy Day” under the pseudonym Mark Owen, donated the Emerson CQC-7 folding knife for the auction. The current high bid is $10,400.

“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

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.”

The bidding closes today at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Read more at the Daily Caller.