Like you, I don't like the pointy toes on hand-knit socks. Here's how I handle it --
On many patterns it says to knit to where you have 4 stitches left at the toe - 2 on each needle. I knit until I have at least 8 stitches left (4 or each needle) or even more, depending on how it looks with the yarn. Then I use Kitchener stitch to graft the opening closed.
If the length of the sock comes up a bit short on the toe decreases, just add a couple of rows when you first start the decreases and it'll work itself out.
Hope this helps!