I need to grind off the rest of the fire scale (the black stuff) and put a handle on it. I should have thought more about the balance of the blade ac...
Step 8: Handle or tang
Oops, cut the handle a little short. Oh well, design modification time. Instead of a full tang this one will be a rat-tail tang. I'm not impressed enough with the overall shape to try an make a looped blacksmith's handle.
Drawing out the handle is done by heating it up, hitting it a few times on one side, then rotate it 90 degrees and hit it a few times, rotate back and repeat.