Had a machete since the 80’s that had a broken handle. Fixed that last night. Am I a knife maker, heck no. Just an average joe. Used a block of firewood to cut into the handle. Looks to me like soft wood of some sort. Anyhow it’s a Sheffield England Made blade. Old and well worked. Yes I used screws, cut off the ends and ground them down. Just to show even an amateur can get good results on a work blade.