MKUltras - Mokume Long Form Editions
MKUltras - Mokume Long Form Editions
The beautiful mokume editions of the MKUltras are precision machined from solid Mokume, and then polished and torched to a gorgeous finish. The material has a deep grey/ black finish, which has the appearance of some depth.
The Long Form editions of the Ultras are designed with additional length and beads, allowing them to be worn in a double loop around the wrist, and providing extra length for satisfying raindrops and bead counting. The Mokume Long Forms are available with either 10mm or 8mm beads, each featuring a 15mm Boss bead to close the loop, and 8mm beads on the tassels.
- 8mm Mokume Long Forms: 41x 8mm beads + 1x 15mm Lil Boss bead(~95g per set). Our 8mm beads are drilled with a 3mm bore and strung on our custom 2mm kevlar cord.
- 10mm Mokume Long Forms: 37x 10mm beads + 1x 15mm Lil Boss bead + 2x 8mm beads (~140.6g per set). Our 10mm beads are drilled with a 3.5mm bore and strung on our custom silk cord.
- Note that the current batch of 10mm mokume beads is slightly shorter than our other metals, due to a more generous rounding of the edges, and as such we have upped the number of beads from 33 to 37 in order to give the full set a comparable length.
- Mokume material, heat treated and polished
General Information on the Long Form MKUltras
The Long Form 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 somewhat 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.
General Info on the Ultras - Mala/ Komboloi Hybrid Beads
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 experience 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 "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 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 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 is still a solid range of moves you can link together, and lots of ways of working with them.
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.