Visited the SFO. And the winner is....the McBee???

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Visited the SFO. And the winner is....the McBee???

Postby Surfingringo » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:38 pm

I got a chance to visit the Spyderco Factory Outlet earlier this week and had a great time. Aside from getting to talk to some of the crew, I had plenty of time to mill around the showroom and ogle all the new releases. Living outside the states and not having access to any brick and mortar stores, I always enjoy my annual pilgrimages to Blade show and the SFO where I can get my hands on some of the knives I've seen in the catalogs. What I find myself interested in when I leave is often different than what I expected based purely on internet photos.

This year was no exception. I put fingerprints all over all the new designs and found much to like but my favorite was one that I would never have guessed that I would be interested in. What was the one that got me excited enough to want to drop some money? None other than the McNees Mcbee. I'm as surprised as anyone.

I am a user, not a collector. I typically gravitate towards larger knives and I always look for functionality over aesthetics. So why the McBee? Well, because it kind of ticked all those boxes for me...just in a very small package. First of all, let me be clear that this knife is tiny. Like really tiny. My first thought when I picked it up was that it would probably be difficult to open one handed as some other small knives like the ladybug are for me. To my surprise though, I was able to open it very quickly and comfortably. I suspect the wider handle is what made it more functional in this regard than the ladybug but whatever the reason, I found the knife very easy to open and close with one hand.

Once open, I got a full (two finger) grip on it and was wholly unimpressed. Before putting the knife back in the cabinet I decided to play around with my grip and shifted to a middle and ring finger grip with my index finger on the spine and BAM, I understood the design. During the middle of all my oohing and ahhing at this epiphany, the young man working the floor laughed and told me to watch the Nick Shabazz video. I actually just watched it and had to laugh. If you want to see my thoughts on the knife, just watch that video and you will see my EXACT reaction to the McBee...minus the yankee accent. :cool: :p

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zipHM_RceE0

The other things that made this knife special were that it seemed like it would be so functional in such a tiny package. I love my dog tag folder and this knife seems like much the same but with far more functional grip options. Sure, it's not going to slice apples like a Millie but that "Razor blade with a handle" design should make for an insane boxcutter and it should also prove very capable for cuts against a flat surface. I also loved that they were able to incorporate a functional pocket clip on such a small knife. This will be great for a regular pocket, a watch pocket or even IWB.

Anyway, like I said in the opening, I often get surprised by which new knives impress me once I get my hands on them and this year was no different. The McBee was not a knife I expected to like at all yet it was the one that I wanted to buy and take home with me. Unfortunately, the knife was not available yet (I'm lucky I even got to look at a prototype) and I will have to wait until my next trip. That said, the McBee is definitely now at the top of my Spyderco "wants" list.

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Re: Visited the SFO. And the winner is....the McBee???

Postby Spydergirl88 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:09 pm

I have wanted the McBee since the first moment I saw it. I can't wait to have one in hand.
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Postby RadioactiveSpyder » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:19 pm

Congrats Lance! Having handled the McBee multiple times including last weekend at Blade Show West, it’s zero surprise to me that you picked one up! It’s an awesome little knife!! :D
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Re: Visited the SFO. And the winner is....the McBee???

Postby Bloke » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:23 pm

Good info Gringo. :cool:

This funny little knife may well be my first ever Wharncliffe. :)
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Postby Mushroom » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:46 pm

Big fan of the design, I'm excited to get one of these as well!
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Postby ZrowsN1s » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:41 pm

Cool :cool:

I'm a big fan of little knives :D
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Postby knivesandbooks » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:22 pm

Was also thinking of picking one up. Maybe in January. I'm afraid it may get pushed behind sprints in my wishlist but I do wholeheartedly like it
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Postby Vivi » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:02 pm

Kind of reminds me of the Spin, but with a more robust handle. I can see why you'd like it.
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Postby Doc Dan » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:35 am

This was one of those designs that left me asking, "Why?" However, seeing your explanation and Nick's demonstration, I understand the knife better now. It looks interesting, but my question is, "If I buy it, will I love it in a couple of months or will it rarely be used after that?"
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Re: Visited the SFO. And the winner is....the McBee???

Postby Surfingringo » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:36 pm

Doc Dan wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:35 am
This was one of those designs that left me asking, "Why?" However, seeing your explanation and Nick's demonstration, I understand the knife better now. It looks interesting, but my question is, "If I buy it, will I love it in a couple of months or will it rarely be used after that?"
I have the same question but I am intrigued enough that I’m going to buy one and find out.

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Postby Vivi » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:30 pm

Doc Dan wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:35 am
This was one of those designs that left me asking, "Why?" However, seeing your explanation and Nick's demonstration, I understand the knife better now. It looks interesting, but my question is, "If I buy it, will I love it in a couple of months or will it rarely be used after that?"
I'd never carry something like this as my only knife but they compliment something like a Millie well. Pure tip control. Great for a lot of EDC stuff like opening mail and packages, trimming threads, etc. Kind of like an upscale box cutter. Wharncliffes are the best blade shape for tiny knives IMO.
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Postby Surfingringo » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:55 pm

Vivi wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:30 pm
Doc Dan wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:35 am
This was one of those designs that left me asking, "Why?" However, seeing your explanation and Nick's demonstration, I understand the knife better now. It looks interesting, but my question is, "If I buy it, will I love it in a couple of months or will it rarely be used after that?"
I'd never carry something like this as my only knife but they compliment something like a Millie well. Pure tip control. Great for a lot of EDC stuff like opening mail and packages, trimming threads, etc. Kind of like an upscale box cutter. Wharncliffes are the best blade shape for tiny knives IMO.
Yes, that. Imagine a single edge disposable razor blade with a comfortable handle and a recess for the index finger and you've got the McBee.

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Postby Doc Dan » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:22 pm

Vivi wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:30 pm
Doc Dan wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:35 am
This was one of those designs that left me asking, "Why?" However, seeing your explanation and Nick's demonstration, I understand the knife better now. It looks interesting, but my question is, "If I buy it, will I love it in a couple of months or will it rarely be used after that?"
I'd never carry something like this as my only knife but they compliment something like a Millie well. Pure tip control. Great for a lot of EDC stuff like opening mail and packages, trimming threads, etc. Kind of like an upscale box cutter. Wharncliffes are the best blade shape for tiny knives IMO.
Looking at it in that light, it might be worth considering as a secondary knife. It is small enough not to be intimidating if you have to use it in public, too.
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Re: Visited the SFO. And the winner is....the McBee???

Postby Knife Knut » Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:54 am

Interesting. An excellent candidate for lanyard customization.

Currently I use Gerber EAB for the roles you guys describe for it, including as a secondary EDC, plus the added functionality as a beater and pryer since the blade is easily replaceable.

But this would be a good substitute for more formal situations.


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