Damn I already cut the blank.Yep new steel and harden em fully. I've never had any break under the scales, a few tips but that wasn't the knife. Lots of knives ya can do with one 1" tall steel. Just not those designs. All less than one inch tall designs:
Very few of my designs I couldn't cut out of 1" tall stock.
O1 blank https://imgur.com/a/ISXDVNs
Looks like I need to go back to the drawing board.
I think I'll still finish this one I don't want to waste the steel.