The 440 steel is pretty immaterial in the way that James suggested usage of these blades, at least back in the day. His preferred method of carry for the fixed blade while kitted up was vertical hilt up in the center of the chest behind his chest rig. Preferred targets were the holes between the clavicle and the neck, and the blade length was designed to, in his words "get down into the goodies" i.e. the major vessels or the heart itself. The point does the work.