Almost a given these days in the era of over-built knives most expect a full width, full length tang. Historically this was not the case for swords or knives. I am not a designer myself but listened to a historian weapons guy talk about most knife and sword failures don't occur in the tang. In fact a partial tang of a softer steel can in fact give you a more robust knife the a monolithic super steel full width full length tang. Kinda makes some sense thought it would be interesting to get opinions on it.