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This is a very special piece, an original ATAK that was made for and was carried by a now retired Special Operations Chief (SOC) SEAL. On the blade it is marked "S.E.A.L. A.T.A.K." "A715". Has a black G-10 handle with lanyard hole. The black coating on the blade is coming off and has some scratches, but is still sharp. Comes with original kydex sheath with matching serial number. Good condition considering its journey.

Note From Seller:

I am William (Bill) Walter Seith, Retired Special Operations Chief (SOC) SEAL. Back in 1993 I was a one-platoon wonder assigned to SEAL Delivery Team Two (SDVT-2) at the Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek. I had completed my first deployment in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. At the time, i was in my second Platoon getting ready to deploy once again when i was issued this SEAL ATAK A715 knife. I had been issued thousands of dollars worth of gear and certainly appreciated my custom wet suits, but this knife was on the same level as the Rolex watches some Vietnam era guys were issued.

When the word got out that supply was issuing a badass knife, I rushed over to get one knowing they wouldn't last long. Once i got A715 in my hot little handles, I know it was special. It was the sharpest and most well construction piece of steel i had ever seen and it immediately becomes a permanent part of my gear.

I had no idea it may be worth thousands of dollars one day so I carried that knife through every work-up and deployment until I retired. This knife has cut paracord to hang my hammock in the jungles of Columbia and then cut limes for my beer in Cartagena. It's been with me on every work-up trip and has cut riggers tape, tubular nylon for rigging a rubber duck, and of course has cut the shit out of my hand a time or two.

A715 was in my backpack while hunting person's indicted for war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and on my riggers belt on more than one occasion while driving down route Irish from Baghdad International Airport to the Green Zone or while navigating the road to Fallujah in Iraq. It was with me the second time i deployed to Iraq and then served me well while deployed as the Military Liaison Element in Sana Yemen. In all honesty, I can't remember ever having to sharpen this knife and it will still cut the hair off your arm. Be careful, it will also cut your arm off!

It's now 2019 and I'm letting this piece of Naval Special Warfare history go to someone who will appreciate it more than me. To me, it's a tool that i no longer need and in the words of Ernest Hemingway, "There is no hunting like the hunting of man and for those of us who have hunted armed men long enough to like it, never care for anything else". I'm now an entrepreneur so I'll use the money as Startup Capital for a new business.


William (Bill) Seith SOC SEAL (Retired)
Product Details
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  • Source
    Previously Owned
Additional Specs
  • Knife Type
    Has Sheath, Hidden Tang
  • Blade Material
    0-1 Tool Steel
  • Blade Details
    Clip Point
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Mad Dog Knives
Mad Dog Knives is a custom knife making facility headed by Kevin McClung, a former Senior Materials Scientist at the American Rocket Company. Mad Dog Knives is based in Nephi, Utah. Mad Dog Knives made the fixed-blade knife known as the ATAK, used by Naval Special Warfare Groups 1 and 2 after the "SEAL Trials" of 1992. Mad Dog Knives are typically made from selectively tempered, hand ground O1 Tool Steel with a hard chrome plating to protect the blade.
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