just finished this one for the mrs. she wanted a defensive blade to carry when she didn't have access to her pistol. this one is 8.5" overall and forged from 1095. the handle is very slim for IWB carry, so i added some decorative claw marks to the micarta for extra grip. it will ride in a wet formed IWB sheath.
Love the blade/handle style. 8.5" does seem to be a bit long for most women to carry. I have trouble talking my wife into carrying a 7" overall length folder...! She does prefer a smaller carry blade... must be a women thing... I guess?:dunno:
she will wear it on her person at times, but also it will be attached to the interior wall of her purse. when she wears it inside the waistband, the blade length doesn't really matter. a proper sheath and you never know it is there.