I think I have finially figured out something - it has only taken me 8 years... duh ! My hands are too big for a 30cm Birkin ! I have long fingered, size 8.5 hands. I just got a 30cm Birkin, carried her for the first time today and found her difficult for me to use, it just was too ackward getting my hands in and out of the Birkin. I had wanted to downsize my Birkins to the 30cm, but now it looks like I'll be looking for another 35cm... Maybe in chevre or another light weight leather - any suggestions ?