I decided to go digging the scrap pile earlier this week. I had a blade in there that was easily the largest blade I had ever shaped and had truned out to be pure crap once I saw it with the scales loose fit to the sides. It was very much the steak knife thing. I did not like it.
I read a thing a while ago that said no knife is every done if it doesn't look right. It may be the way you laid it out but it isn't done if you don't like it. It's just shorter or smaller or shaped a bit different than you thought and you need to keep grinding until you find it. This is one of those projects.
Check this one out. It's about 9 inches overall with about 4 inch blade. The handle is made from Cocobolo Dymond wood, 4 - 1/8 inch brass pins, a 1/4 inch thong hole, and a 7/32 inch mosaic pin.