Just trimmed down the upper guard on my Kabar and this is how it should be in my opinion. Now I can comfortably do a reverse grip without the guard in the way. Now I put my thumb on the top of the blade for more cutting power without the guard jabbing into my palm. The upper guard really isn't useful for much to me. It would have been nice to have been able to buy one this way from the start with the rest of it the same. Make a model with no upper guard and a thicker tang I say with the rest the same. It's not like they don't have people that want it this way and make other knives besides a traditional Kabar to try and get people to buy.