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Don't file it.If the head is that soft you can file it, junk it.Use a oil stone or a whet stone, it will keep an edge longer.
I have recently done this on 2 wooden mallets of mine. The 2 took 1.25lt of oil, the difference was great.I also did a set of beech handle engraving chisels and the mallet. but added 1/2 a bottle of lavender essential oil to the Linseed Oil. When my friend works that set you get a plessent smell.
I made 2.I slip on a cut down scaffold bar and I am away.
Made one, just need a glass funnel
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