When I was a Pipefitter in the navy, I had a 24" pipe wrench that wouldn't
fit into my 20" tool box, so I cut about 5" off the handle..
The Chief jumped all over me and ask "why the hell would you cut the handle
off your pipe wrench??" (retorical question) Which I responded to with, " So
I can get a longer cheater onto the handle." That was my personal pipe
wrench as long as I was assigned to that shop.
This same chief, once saw a sailor 'choking up' on a hammer handle. He
walked over to the sailer, took his hand, still holding the hammer, marked
the handle with a felt tip marker, took the hammer to the band saw and cut
off the extra handle length.. When he handed the hammer back to the sailor,
he state; "If you ain't going to use all of the handle, then no sence
carrying it around. That's your hammer as long as your working in this