MNKF | Hasbun – Half Face Collab, SEAL Admiral Bowie

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On May 21, 2016, Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward was chosen to be honored by the SEAL NSW Family Foundation and was presented with this custom handcrafted Damascus Bowie knife. The knife was designed and built by Andrew Arrabito of Half Face Blades, and scrimshaw was performed by the legendary Presidential scrimshander, Mike Hasbun.

[Photos courtesy of Hasbun]

About Vice Admiral Harward

Harward Scrimshaw

Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward, Jr. is a U.S. Navy SEAL and a former Deputy Commander of United States Central Command. He served there under the leadership command of General James “Mad Dog” Mattis. He filled a billet as the Deputy Commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command and previously commanded Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435.

Harward assumed command of Naval Special Warfare Group 1 in August 2001 and deployed shortly after September 11, 2001, to Afghanistan. He commanded Task Force K-Bar and directed special reconnaissance and direct action missions throughout the country. In October 2002, Harward deployed as Commander, Task Force 561 where he commanded Naval Special Warfare Task Group-Central in Iraq. His forces included all the assets in the Naval Special Warfare inventory and forces from the Polish GROM, the British Royal Marines and the Kuwaiti Navy.

In August 2003 he reported to the Executive Office of the President at the White House and served on the National Security Council staff as the director of Strategy and Defense Issues. In April 2005, Harward was assigned to the newly formed National Counterterrorism Center in Washington, as the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff representative to the Senior Interagency Strategy Team.

From June 2006 to July 2008, Harward served as the Deputy Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and has served multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. On Nov. 3, 2008, Harward assumed the position of Deputy Commander, United States Joint Forces Command.

In 2011, Harward was reappointed to the rank of Vice Admiral and assigned to the position of Deputy Commander, United States Central Command.

About the knife

Knife w Colt 1903

The knife was designed and built by Andrew Arrabito (Navy SEAL Ret.), owner and bladesmith of his small veteran company Half Face Blades. Half Face Blades wants to take the bladed tools we use in many different walks of life a little further, making functional yet personalized custom knives and tools with a distinct beauty and rugged nature.

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These knife bolsters are made from a retired American flag and WW2 wool military uniform.

Harward Knife and Colt

Jeffrey Case (a Marine from 3/5 with combat tours during the beginning of the Iraq war) sent Half Faced Blades a retired American Flag he carried with him during the war, plus his grandfather’s WW2 wool trousers. Case’s grandfather was a 3/9 Marine who fought in many battles during World War 2 including the Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal, Guam, and Iwo Jima, and was present for the original flag raising on Mount Suribachi.

Arrabito made these items into a stabilized substance similar to Micarta in order to craft the bolsters for this knife.

The scrimshaw was performed by Presidential Scrimshander Michael Alexander Hasbun.

Hasbun has performed similar work for other Naval Specwar officers as well as for President George W. Bush, President George H.W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Lt Col Oliver North, Mexican President Vicente Fox and a host of other VIPs and celebrities. He is known throughout the world for his painstaking photo-realistic detail with regard to scrimshaw and other art forms.

The SEAL NSW Family Foundation was established to support individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments.

SEAL NSW Family Foundation

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Mike Searson

Mike “the Mook” Searson is a veteran writer who began his career in firearms at the Camp Pendleton School for Destructive Boys at age 17. He has worked in the firearms industry his entire life, writing about guns and knives for numerous publications and consulting with the film industry on weapons while at the same time working as gunsmith and ballistician. Though seemingly a surly curmudgeon shy a few chromosomes at first meeting, Searson is actually far less of a dick and at least a little smarter than most of the Mad Duo’s minions. He is rightfully considered to be not just good company, but actually fit for polite company as well (though he has never forgotten his roots as a rifleman trained to kill people and break things, and if you look closely you’ll see his knuckles are still quite scabbed over from dragging the ground). You can learn more about him on his website or follow him on Twitter, @MikeSearson.


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