What’s in a Name?

Knives Illustrated - - Personal Defense -

Ja­son Knight is an Amer­i­can Blade­smith So­ci­ety (ABS) Mas­ter Blade­smith who has earned an im­pres­sive list of awards for his work, in­clud­ing the ABS’ cov­eted B.R. Hughes Award for the best knife by a Master­smith can­di­date. Ca­pable of craft­ing a broad range of world-class de­signs, he is best known for his ex­pres­sions of the iconic Ghurka kukri knife. Doug Marcaida is a highly skilled prac­ti­tioner and in­struc­tor of the Filipino mar­tial arts (FMA) and the founder of Marcaida Kali. He is also an ac­com­plished knife de­signer and the “Forged in Fire” judge pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for test­ing the com­bat ef­fec­tive­ness of the con­tes­tants’ cre­ations. Nam­ing a knife in to­day’s trade­mark-crazy en­vi­ron­ment is dif­fi­cult, so they set­tled on “MK Ul­tra.” The “M” for “Marcaida,” “K” for “Knight” and “Ul­tra” be­cause they were both con­vinced that it was a pretty damned cool de­sign. While all that makes perfect sense, it also hap­pens to be the name of a rather in­fa­mous mind-con­trol pro­gram run by the CIA from the early ’50s to the early ’70s. Rest as­sured, the name is pure co­in­ci­dence, and this knife, no mat­ter how im­pres­sive, has noth­ing to do with CIA brain­wash­ing.

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