I was removing a half a dozen handles to get ready for vinegar bath
i had to take a photo of this vintage rip hammer handle before it is never to be seen again.
i actually respect the effort when others have a go at improving the grip of a handle.
to me it shows the owner's personal style and his/her individual desire to make the tool better.
this was a sort of drilled hole and countersink technique.
the painted red handle was actually striking and gave it a presence. the paint was wearing very nicely.
the tape on the end was there to protect it from when it was used as a mallet.
(a hammer handle should not be used as a club,
however the reality of the work site can demand some dual usage of a rip hammer )