So, I have a 22" Ontario machete. It's just right for my AO, except for one detail. I don't really like the balance point. Normally this would be a small issue, but it is the only thing I don't like about it. I've also been wanting a "SHTF sword", so I can put what amount to my training into practice if I need to. So after a couple of weeks of mulling it over, I think I have a practical solution. What I am thinking is that I can cut the scales off, and replace them with a layered set, of 16 gauge plate under wooden scales. That should be enough to lower the point of balance to somewhere nearer the handle, and if I cut the plates a hair long I can bend them out into a rough guard over the back of my hand, kinda like a messer. Now, I'm not the greatest mechanic with the most experience in these matters, but I do have a fancy new jigsaw I can much more easily rough all this out with. Am i missing anything?