Very nicely thought out and executed. Let's see the finished blade with a new edge, although I'm not so sure we can see much past that thin grind! Must cut with little or no effort. What edge will you use, angle & grit?
I like that mini swedge. I have a knife with something like that and it's really comfortable to put your thumb on the spine for certain push cuts. The geometry of the manix doesn't lend itself to that, but still it's cool.
I'm not sure k would have rounded the tang/ball face like that. I don't know for certain but I think creating that sharp edge was a CQI thing to help prevent the lock from disengaging under impact and vibration. That's my guess, and I'm going by comparing an older M2 with a newer M2 and it was a significant difference. It probably won't make a difference unless you spine whack it or baton with it.
Never mind you rounded a different part than I was thinking of...looks great.
SHARPEN IT LIKE YOU LOVE IT, USE IT LIKE YOU HATE IT