It's missing half an inch off both ends and probably about 1/4" thinner on each end.That's amazing, and I think it looks great.
I would have thought that it's almost the same guard. But it's hard to tell in pictures. Maybe the front is a hair shorter?
It isn't etched in those photos.Rilly, REALLY nice! I bow to your obvious expertise! That is beyond words lovely... Lynn Thompson, take notes!
Question, why doesnt the lovely damascus pattern show up on the finished blade?