Part of building my "crate backback" (sorry -- no links; haven't yet posted it) involved poking holes in heavy fabric (for the shoulder straps).
However, the optimally-sized punch had an uncomfortable handle: it was a metal cone, with an open end: imagine an ice-cream cone with a icepick protruding from the bottom. It looks like a user-made tool.
I used it a little bit like that -- but my hand started getting sore from the exposed metal rim digging into the palm of my hand as I pushed.
Yeah, I could've just worn a glove: but I thought, eh -- may as well build a solution.
So, I got out my "beeswax-melting toaster oven" (dedicated to this purpose).
After the jar of beeswax (I keep it handy; someday I'll have to top it up with addt'l beeswax) was sufficiently hot, I took the pliers (pictured above) and poured the melted beeswax into the hollow handle, thus filling the void.
Instead of holding the punch (hot drippage!), I poked it into a piece of wood.
And then, kind of like old-timey "dipped" candles, I'd dunk the end of the handle into the melted beeswax; let it cool; dunk; cool; and repeat.
And: here's the result.
And, it smells nice: like honey.