MKUltras - 10mm Long Form
MKUltras - 10mm Long Edition
The MKUltras are a hybrid design, combining elements of traditional Mala and Komboloi beads. The MKUltra name gives a nod to this lineage, as well as their expedience as tools to help us focus our minds and still our thoughts. They can be used in a variety of ways, ranging from quiet bead counting, through to raucous flipping.
The unique setup of the MKUltras allows them to be worn like mala beads, or carried discretely in the pocket. They adjust by means of a simple friction fit through the larger "Micro Boss" bead closure. Although the design is exceedingly simple, we're fairly confident you won't find anything quite like them around. This is a knotless system, and does not require any special lock bead. The cord is simply compressed when threaded through the Micro Boss bead, providing a reliable, secure fastener, that is easy to adjust when needed.
In this way, the Ultras can be worn on the wrist, or loosened and slid up above the elbow to keep them out of the way when needed. Excess cordage can be knotted loosely around the Micro Boss bead when they are worn on the wrist, or left dangling. This modifiable arrangement allows them to be used very quietly, for simple bead counting used in breath work and meditation, to "raindrop" methods marked by the satisfying, rhythmic clacking of the beads, as well as much more physical methods of manipulation which resemble short game begleri play. While they aren't intended as a highly technical skill toy, there are still a solid range of moves you can link together, and lots of ways of working with them.
10mm Long Edition
The MKUltras 10mm Long Edition consists of 33x 10mm beads, with a 15mm Lil' Boss bead to close/ adjust the loop, and 2x 8mm beads on the tassel. The Long Editions have been designed primarily for the "raindrop" style of play. The extra beads provide a satisfying sound and feel as they clack together. Because of the length of the sets, they are cumbersome for flipping around and doing technical tricks, but they still allow for some basic manipulation. The sets are designed to be worn with a double loop around the wrist, but note that the beads themselves will probably fully cover the cord, meaning that exposed cord will complete the wrap (see photo for reference). Click here to see the Ultras in action on our Instagram feed.
- 33x 10mm spherical beads + 1x 15mm Lil' Boss + 2x 8mm beads (bead dimensions may vary slightly due to polishing and chamfering)
- Grade 5 Titanium, polished ~74g per set
- Copper, lightly tumbled ~146g per set
- Brass, lightly tumbled ~130g per set
- Stainless steel, lightly tumbled ~129g per set
- Strung on AO2's new custom 12-strand, high density, 2mm Kevlar cord
- All beads drilled with 3.5mm bore
New to the Ultras? You can wear em on your wrist, or check out the video below for some other examples of what these beads are capable of.