I appreciate the comments.
I have one slight issue with it. Blade length is chosen per intended usage. A personal thing. But as the blade length shortens, my hands don't get narrower. The same problem with spinning reels and mounting stems. The stem should stay whatever length is needed to keep the bail from whacking my hands, not be down-sized with the rest of the reel. I'm thinking(it only hurts a little)the handle could use a length closer to what its big brother has. Bottom line is, it only has to make you happy. Just trying to give an honest opinion. stevemb
While a longer handle would give a little more control, it would also add to the length some as well making the knife less compact. I designed this knife to have a comfortable three finger grip which it has. It was made to be compact so that it would easily fit in a pocket while still having enough blade and handle to be useful. There are a lot of knives out there (folders and fixed blades) that have less than a full length handle but are still useful. For a pocket knife to always have with me, I don't mind giving up a little length. No different than carrying a folding knife but with a small fixed blade I gain some strenth and personally tend to trust it more. If I plan on performing tasks that require a larger knife with longer blade or handle, I have others that I would choose but for a pocket knife this one does a fine job for me.
People are different and have different needs. There are a lot of knives out there in different sizes and styles. John will make a knife pretty much any way you want it.