Knife 9 – Hunting Knife from a File
I typically anneal the files buy heating them to nonmagnetic with the propane forge then just shutting down the forge and sitting some firebrick to close of the doors. I leave them over night.
Another process I have used to anneal old files with success is heating the files to nonmagnetic then putting them in a container completely covered with wood ashes. Again, just leave them overnight.
Design Note: the blade basically goes right into the scales. I probably should have added a ricasso, but it worked out ok. There are knife designs that have the edge sharpened up to the handle, but these are typically carving knives.