So I've decided on my first two (yes, two) projects once I get up and running. I'm looking at a skinner for myself, using dancom's DS1 pattern (his website brought me here. Shameless plug for him!) and a paring knife for my g/f since she asked me so nicely. I'll figure out that pattern sooner as opposed to later. I'll have to pay more attention to how she does the prep work when she cooks. The skinner is going to be 1084 (maybe 1095, since I'll be sending it off for heat work) and I might try 440C for the paring knife, unless it's advised that I don't. Scales are most likely going to be a homebrewed micarta using either denim or cordura (I have a bunch of both kicking around) with either chicago screws or SS pins to keep the scales on. Right now I'm trying to figure out what thickness of stock I should get. I'm leaning towards 3/16" for the skinner, and 1/8" for the paring knife. Should I go thicker for a better margin of error, or am I on the right track here?