Riverview resident Mike Perry poses with “Not on My Watch” Mike Perry Chief Engineer Striker 2 knife commemorating his heroic actions on the Maersk Alabama in 2009.

Riverview resident Mike Perry didn’t ask for fame, but acts of bravery while working as the chief engineer on board the Maersk Alabama in April of 2009 has led to acclaim and commendation for his actions. Perry and his fellow shipmates valiantly fought off Somali pirates that attacked the ship and captured its captain.
To commemorate Perry’s valor, a replica of the knife he used to subdue the pirate ringleader has been created and is now for sale.
The knife, designed by Randall King Knives in North Carolina, features a 3 1/8” steel CPM 154 blade and 4 3/16” handle made of aircraft-grade aluminum.
The phrase “not on my watch” is inscribed on the blade. Perry says that expression is the heart and spirit of the piracy experience and those words echoed through his mind during his ordeal.
Retailing for approximately $250, the knife is sold through local authorized distributors and can be purchased as either an automatic or manual knife.
“It’s all made here in the USA,” said company owner Randall King, who proudly states the final knife assembly is completed by hand. “We start with quality components and then pay strict attention to detail on all our knives.”
A portion of the proceeds from each sale was supposed to be paid to Perry, but he politely declined. He is donating any earnings to Tony Fowler, an employee at the knife company, who established Christ is Hope Foundation, a mission supporting families who have felt the bitter sting of financial issues due to unemployment.
“Mike met Tony for thirty minutes at my shop and then just told me to give his share of the profits to Tony’s mission,” said King. “His generosity impressed me.”
Perry joked that Tony is cheering for them to sell a million knives.
Perry retired from Maersk Line Limited and now enjoys traveling the country on his Honda Ridgeline motorcycle. He also is devoted to his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and works at its local food pantry and in the Orlando temple every week.
For more information about where you can purchase the knife, e-mail Randall King Knives at randall@randallkingknives.com. To learn more about the company, visit www.randallkingknives.com.

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MIchelle Caceres has been writing for the Osprey Observer for seventeen years. She enjoys writing human interest pieces about inspiring members of the community who are working to better our community. She lives in FishHawk Ranch with her husband and recently became an empty-nester. When not writing, Michelle is serving her church community, reading and enjoying Florida's weather.