Bench vises (not vices) have heavy steel handles that clank when the ball end slams into the hub. You can fix that by slipping suitable rubber washers over the balls on each end:
After which the handle gives off a pleasant thump and won’t nip a careless finger.
This is an old trick and certainly not original with me; the occasion being that I just replaced the old and much-abused washers which were letting the clank through again. IIRC, a retail package consisting of both red rubber garden hose washers and black rubber O-rings followed me home from a tag sale, so I used both.