The Hoback Knives MK Ultra is the smaller, more pocket friendly version of Hoback’s Kwaiback. It has a closed length of about 3.6″ and a carry weight of just under 2 ounces. It’s the perfect blend of precise construction, with superior materials, and pocket-friendliness. All this means the MK Ultra is a small and lightweight pocketknife that seriously outperforms its weight class.
The fit and finish on this knife is outstanding. All the finishing and grinds are spot on perfect. The premium S35VN tanto blade has a stonewash finish and a blade thickness of about 1/8″. It’s wicked sharp, straight out of the box. There’s jimping along the spine for a positive grip in a variety of positions.
One quick flip with this knife in hand and you can instantly feel how well this knife is put together. Hoback tells us, “The MK Ultra features rolling bearing construction, with hardened stainless bearing races.” This results in a reliably smooth and easy opening. Once open, this knife has a solid lockup with what appears to be a linerlock. However, the linerlock designation is slightly deceptive. Hoback again explains, “[the] stainless steel lock insert is completely captured by internal 3D machined pockets. The only visible portion of the lock is the generous jimping for lock release.”
The thick titanium handle is available with a grey stonewashed finish or a black Fallout finish. The 17-4PH pivots and standoffs are precision milled to an incredibly tight tolerance. All the screws are standard sizes which allows easy adjustment and maintenance. Finally, this knife has an ambidextrous tip-up, cold forged titanium pocket clip.
Hoback Knives MK Ultra Details
- CPM-S35VN Stainless Steel, Stonewash Finish
- 2.5” Tanto Blade
- 0.125″ Blade Thickness
- Flipper Opener
- Hoback Lock Insert
- Titanium Handle
- Reversible Tip-up Pocket Clip
- 1.9 oz.
- 3.6” Closed
- 6.25” Overall
- Made in the USA
Exceptional fit and finish, premium materials, easy carry, and overall durability make the Hoback Knives MK Ultra a truly impressive EDC folder. Models range from $425-450. If you’re interested in this knife, click any link in the article or simply click the button below.
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