What’s in a Name?
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.