Excellent work! I did the same thing with my Carter funayuki, left a small machi. I wasn't sure about it at the time and today I wish I hadn't, so it's worth making up your mind before the epoxy comes out...
Great handle, Mike!
I'm gonna go against the grain and say, go with the machi, but only if you're 100% sure you want it that way.
Very cool thinking. I love how you don't always "follow the rules". In my opinion, the greats rarely do.
Great looking handle.
I find the notch hard to ignore when using a knife and your thumb running over it. As a rule, I have machi flush against the handle. I corrected a couple of Konosuke that I rehandled.
To go a little further, I would say that sometimes it appears as a skipped step in a knife-making process (squaring machi) than a style or a regional feature. You can tell it from how evenly the machi has been shaped or squared.
One of my watanabe's ( maybe more then one?) came like that, so I guess it's not a "no no " in the J knife world? I for one don'nt like it back then. Yours looks good, give us a update after you use it a bit, I think I reamember not likeing the way it felt on my 1st finger. Again looks pro & great handle.