I prefer it to be a bit blade forward. One of the reasons I don't care for lighter knives or so called balanced knives. I think it's more useful to have the balance forward as it gives you a better reference point when guiding your cuts. I also tend to choke pretty far forward with my grip. Which is why I really like thick spines. I loved my CCK, but the spine is so thin, that I would get fatigue from trying to grip, as well as an irritated knife callus.