There’s a barn at Lazy J Farm where tools are displayed that I suppose you could call “historic,” or at least well used. These are sister hooks which are used for lifting things like logs or hay bales.
These may be more familiar though I admit to never having used one. The longer handled tools are scythes and the shorter ones are sickles. Both are swung and employed as cutting tools. When I think about the work they did I’m glad for the sorts of labor saving devices we have today. And I’m not about to romanticize it, but I suspect that a good many of the people who worked these old tools were more fit than those of us who use labor-savers or sit entirely too much with computers and the like.